Call for papers

Facing Familiar Violence: Women's Creative and Literary Practices in Central and Southeastern Europe in the 20th and 21st Century

4EU+ Alliance International Conference

9-10 November 2023,

CEFRES, Prague

The conference will be organized within the framework of the 4EU+ academic mini-grant and will explore the experiences of Central European women in relation to displacement, empowerment, and violence. It will take a transnational and interdisciplinary approach to their literary and artistic journeys, which are shaped by historical turbulence and the interplay between societal norms and transgression. Examining various manifestations of violence and strategies in creative work, the conference will also focus on the impact of domestic violence in familial and institutional settings. Through metaphorical interpretations of displacement, the conference aims to raise critical questions about language, disclosure, and lasting traces in visual and literary works.

  • Time and Place: 9-10 November, 2023 – CEFRES, Prague

  • Proposal Deadline: 15 July, 2023

  • Languages of the conference: French, English

We invite scholars and PhD students of different methodological orientations (gender studies, philosophy, history, literature, arts…) to address these issues as seen through the life and work of female artists in Central and Southeastern Europe of the 20th and 21st century.

The region of our interest is set between (and often submitted to) imperial powers: broadly from Austria to Ukraine, and from Baltic states to the Balkans. Hence, the questions of belated yet intense modernisation processes; overlapping traditional and modern power structures and gender roles; crossing of Eastern and Western, but also Southern-European influences and inspirations will be an important context to seize common to the cultures of the observed cultural area.

Possible themes and contexts include:

  • experience of violence at home;

  • artistic strategies of expressing the intimate experience – and to making it public;

  • art and artistic practices as a possible tool of agency and/or resistance;

  • domestic violence as a mirror of social and political structures.

The call is targeted primarily yet not exclusively at colleagues from 4EU+ Alliance universities. Contributions focusing on at least two personal trajectories of women writers/creators are especially welcome. Young researchers are warmly encouraged to apply.

Proposals should include a title, an abstract of approximately 300 words and a short bio (including relevant publications) and should be sent by 15 July, 2023 to:

  • Mateusz Chmurski ( )

  • Eva Krásová ( )

  • Iwona Kurz ( )

  • Clara Royer ( )

Find out more (full call for papers)