CFP: “Feeling Form/Forming Feeling?”, Ghent (14-15 oct. 2022)

Call for papers: conference on “Feeling Form/Forming Feeling?: Dialectics of Affect and Form in Anglophone Women’s Writing, 1550-1800”

Ghent University, Carmelite Monastery, 14-15 October 2022

Keynote speakers: Prof. Michelle M. Dowd (University of Alabama), Prof. Danielle Clarke (University College Dublin) and Prof. Ros Ballaster (Oxford University).


In the field of historical women’s writing, new formalist methodological approaches and theories of affect are being advanced and contested as scholars reimagine the relationship between text and context. Looking at the affordances, collisions and structuring principles of form and affect, this conference invites scholars to explore intersections between form and feeling in women’s writing between 1550-1800: what does a feminist formalist methodology attendant to feeling and affect look like? How does such a perspective allow us to recentre and rethink the position of women’s writing within the larger field of literary studies? Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

• Theoretical reflections on (new) formalism as a feminist methodology
• Rethinking periodization: formalism as a transhistorical perspective
• Formalism and reception, translation, transculturalism and transnationalism
• Affect and feeling in historical women’s writing
• Formalism and rethinking canonization
• Forms and affects of social and political agency
• Affect and form and the rise of feminist literary studies
• Forms of material culture (manuscript, print, book history)
• Gender, genre and form
• Bodies, embodiment and emotion


To apply to give a 15-to-20-minute paper please send a proposal of 250 words and a short biographical statement to <feelingform2022[at]>. Papers from early career researchers and PhD students are especially welcome.

PhD students and early career researchers are warmly invited to participate in the workshop on women’s writing and public outreach the day preceding the conference, Thursday October 13th, 2022.

Deadline: March 1st, 2022

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Louise McCarthy
Louise McCarthy

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