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International Conference “The Gender of Sovereignty in European Politics and Aesthetics”, Leuven, 18-21 December 2017

The University of Leuven (Belgium) organizes a conference on the topic of gender and sovereignty in European theory and aesthetics (18-21 December 2017). We want to bring together investigations that revisit issues of gender and sovereignty from a variety of disciplines. The historical scope of the conference ranges from the beginnings of modernity to the present. We invite papers that address imaginations of sovereignty in political and cultural discourse either through case-studies or in comprehensive analyses envisioning a modified history. Topics of interests include but are not restricted to:
– Women’s sovereignty in politics, the arts and different media and performances: cases, modifications and ambivalences
– Metonymies of sovereignty (in civic life and cultural networks)
– Fantasies of female rule in intellectual or poetical discourse
– Gender, authority and literary and artistic genres
– Beyond the public eye: experiences and reflections of power in correspondence, diaries and memoirs
– History and historiography: from historicism to biopolitics
– Pathological scripts of female rule
– Bodies of female rule

Deadline call for papers: First of August 2017
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