Bearing Untold Stories: A Hybrid Symposium (Day 1)
"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you."
So wrote Zora Neale Hurston on her 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, a story of the untold lives of three generations of African American women.
Responding to the growing movement to decolonise the curriculum, the Department of English Literature and Creative writing is holding a cross disciplinary symposium celebrating the lives of forgotten women through showcasing research in the fields of literary studies, art history, creative writing, performing arts, history, and area studies. The event will endeavour to “allow space to what would otherwise be hidden, crossed out, mutilated” (Meena Alexander) by promoting the untold stories of female practitioners whose contributions to influential creative and cultural movements have been obscured on account of their race, sexuality, economic background, or disability, as well as their gender.
The event is open to creative practitioners, researchers, and students of all levels, and will feature the work of Lancaster University students/postdoctoral fellows, independent researchers from across Britain and North America, and museums and archives professionals.
It will be held in the LUMS West Pavilion, Management School, LT17, 8:30 am - 6 pm on 31st May and 11 am - 2 pm on 1st June.
A complementary lunch will be served with coffee/tea on 31st May and a complementary breakfast will be served on 1st June. Livestreaming will be facilitated through MS Teams on both days.