Conference Programme

Subaltern Women’s Narratives: Subversion, Resilience, and Shifting Responses

June 23, 2017

Humanities Research Institute (HRI)

University of Sheffield



Conference schedule

8.45: Registration and coffee


9.00—9.05: Welcome


9.05—10.35: Panel 1: The Autobiography

Chair: Professor Laura Serrant

Sreemoyee Basu (Christ University, India): “Form and Function of Subaltern Autobiographies: Nalini Jameela’s Autobiography of a Sex-Worker

Valeria Morabito (University of Bologna): “Resilient Bodies: The Case of Mary Prince”

Samraghni Bonnerjee (University of Sheffield): “Living as Dissent: Taslima Nasreen’s Autobiographies and the Anatomy of Protest”


10.35—10.50: Coffee Break


10.50—11.30: Plenary Speaker: Professor Laura Serrant (Sheffield Hallam University)

Title: Celebrating Self: On Silences, Speaking and the Importance of Being Heard


11.30—12.30: Panel 2: Agency

Chair: Yasir Al-Jumaili

Yasemin Antik (Istanbul Bigli University): “Abortion and Subalternity: Stories of Four Women”

Michaela Quadraro (University of Naples): “Travelling Lines: Subversive Female Bodies in Contemporary Fiction and Visual Arts”


12.30—1.30: Lunch


1.30—2.00: Keynote: Dr. Rashmi Varma (University of Warwick)


2.00—3.30: Panel 3: Narratives and Testimony

Chair: Dr. Rashmi Varma

Hamidah Allogmany (University of Portsmouth): “Muslim Literature, Magical Realism, and the Subaltern Voice: Empowering the Female”

Ethel Maqeda (University of Sheffield): “The Short Story and Feminisation of the Struggle for Zimbabwe”

Ruth Kelly (University of York): “Bodily Frailty and Constructions of the Self in Notrose Nobomvu Konile’s Testimony to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission”


3.30—3.45: Coffee Break


3.45—4.45: Panel 4: Gender Violence

Chair: Samraghni Bonnerjee

Jacqueline Wilson (Rhodes University, South Africa): “Unfolding Knowledge on Sexual Violence Experienced by Black Lesbian Survivors in Khayelitsha Cape Town, South Africa”

Sylvia Broeckx (University of Sheffield): “Race, Rape and Justice During the American Civil War”



4.45—5.15: Wine reception


5.15—5.35: Poetry Reading: Seni Seneviratne


5.40—6.00: Poetry Reading: Dr. Debjani Chatterjee


6.00—6.10: Closing Remarks