Symposium, University of Liège

10.00-11.00 Keynote address

  • Chantal ZABUS (Paris XIII and Institut Universitaire de France), “The Transgendered Nation: Interssexions between the Nation-State and the Transsexual Subject”

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-13.00 Session 1

  • Birte HEIDEMANN (University of Bremen, Germany), “Gender, Nation and Diaspora: Post-Conflict Sri Lankan Women’s Writing”
  • Emilie HERBERT (University of Liège), “Black British Women Filmmakers: Towards a Genderracial Cinema?”
  • Maryam MIRZA (University of Liège), “Diasporic Gendered ‘Madness’ in Meena Alexander’s Manhattan Music and Suneeta Peres da Costa’s Homework

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Session 2

  • Anna-Leena TOIVANEN (University of Eastern Finland, Finland), “Attempts of Escape in Accra: Gender, Class and (Auto)Mobility in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Changes: A Love Story
  • Laura BECK (University of Liège), “Breaking or Remaking Colonial Stereotypes? Female Figures in Contemporary Germanophone Literature: Urs Widmer, Alex Capus and Lukas Bärfuss”

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.00-16.30 Session 3

  • Jennifer RANDALL (Lyon 2 University, France), “Tahmima Anam and Kamila Shamsie: Guardians of Secularism?”
  • Delphine MUNOS (University of Liège), “From India, with Love: Of Indo-Trinidadian Womanhood, India’s Diasporic Public Sphere, and Passages Back to India in Novels by Indo-Trinidadian Women Writers”

16.30-17.00 Conclusion

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