From Genesis to mitochondrial Eve, the idea of a single common foremother has occupied a crucial space in the Western cultural imaginary. Eve, whether as bringer of sin, as life-giver, as burden, curse or saviour, functions as a commentary on maternity, sexuality, creativity and power.
This cross-period and interdisciplinary conference will be an opportunity to explore the impact of her varied representations through the centuries and across different genres and media. How has this archetypal figure been revised and revisited by conservative and radical thought? What personal, polemical and/or creative uses have been made of the figure of Eve? What persists and what changes in her depictions across time and geographical space? How have women and men negotiated their shared and different relationships to Eve? How has Eve been appropriated, neglected or rejected as a foremother? How does she speak to fantasies of masculine or feminine self-sufficiency? What cultural, political, literary and/or theological spaces does she occupy now?
Topics might include, but need not be limited to:
Origins of/Sources for Eve
The absence of Eve
Representations and Transformations of Eve
Eve as Over-reacher
We welcome papers from all disciplines in arts, humanities and sciences and covering any historical period. We also welcome panel proposals including PGR panel proposals.
Titles and abstracts of no more than 250 words per speaker should be sent to Ruth Connolly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mandy Green (email@example.com) by 12 March 2016. Panel proposals should also include a title for the panel’s programme. Speakers will be notified by March 21st.
We gratefully acknowledge support from MEMS at Newcastle (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/mems/) and Newcastle University’s Academic Conference Fund. A limited number of PGR bursaries may be available. Please indicate when sending your abstract whether you would like to be considered for a bursary.
The Afterlives of Eve
9–11 September 2016 at Newcastle University and Durham University
Keynotes: Sandra M. Gilbert (UC Davis), Wendy Furman-Adams (Whittier), John Bothwell (Durham)