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CfP 'When I Dare to be Powerful' Conference - British Association for American Studies


CfP 'When I Dare to be Powerful' Conference

When I Dare to be Powerful International Conference is an in-person conference that will be held in Nottingham, England. It will bring filmmakers, artists, writers and activists together with conceptual thinkers and cultural theorists in order to answer pressing questions relating to voice as an agent of change. Centred on voice as a lens through which we conceive of a social alterity that undermines current ideological dominance, we would like to invite proposals from academics, practitioners and activists interested in exploring coming to voice as an act of resistance. Has adequate progress been made in remedying the lived experience of minoritised people? How will social parity be achieved? Can dissent facilitate a space from which an alternative, socio-cultural narrative can thrive?

We are looking for contributions that explore the conception, portrayal, perception and/or representation of marginalised groups, and that foreground racialised voices and acts of resistance. We welcome a plethora of critical and artistic approaches and proposals from participants from international and geographically diverse areas, those with varied experiences and perspectives on different parts of the world, and across all genders and racial groups.

The conference is free to attend and will take place at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England on Wednesday 21st June 2023.

A number of additional activities are planned as part of the conference. The details relating to this can be found on our When I Dare to be Powerful website.

Proposals: Suggestions include and are not limited to:

  • Re-presenting and representing dissenting voices.
  • Being heard above patriarchal and hegemonic noise.
  • ‘Speaking Nearby’: Filmic or other practices for achieving subjectivity.
  • Marginalised experiences and mechanisms for being heard – how can artists engage directly with individuals with very different experiences?
  • Non-human voices for rethinking relationships to the land (literary and artistic representations, but also interdisciplinary interventions).
  • The role of listening in the process of decolonising thinking and understanding.
  • Solidarity in difference: Women, activism and allyship.
  • Gendered Matters: Navigating social, political and economic barriers to social equity
  • Exposing injustice: Amplifying silenced voices.
  • Voice as artistic expression.
  • The body and freedom to express our truths.
  • Resisting marginalisation and establishing counter-narratives as legitimate possibilities for change.
  • Testimonial narratives and epistemic injustice: whose voices are heard?
  • The right to silence / refusal to speak / silence as dissent.
  • Storytelling and decolonial models for speaking and listening.
  • Life-writing / life-telling as a medium for emancipation and decolonisation, as well as a site of resistance.
  • We also welcome submissions that offer feminist perspectives on voice and marginalised experiences.

Submission guidelines:

  1. Presentations: A 300-word abstract for a single contribution or a 500-word proposal for a panel, as a Word document. Include the title of your presentation.
  2. Practice-based research. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should include a title. Also inform us of any technical/other requirements you may need, and a link to a short excerpt and full work.

Please email with:

  • Your abstract/proposal as a Word document (300 words for 15-min presentation and practice research; 500 words for 20-minute panels).
  • A short biography written in the third person, including your research, institutional affiliation, and pronouns (no more than 100 words).
  • Title your email with the type of submission you are applying to:
    • 15-minute presentation: WIDTBP 2023.
    • 20-minute panel: WIDTBP 2023.
    • 15-minute Practice research: WIDTBP 2023.


We are able to offer seven bursaries of up to £60 to support self-funded students with travel costs. If you wish to apply for one of these bursaries, please confirm your self-funded status at the bottom of your abstract, along with a brief summary explaining why you require the support.

We will let you know the outcome of your application upon acceptance of your proposal.


Deadline for all submissions 13th February 2023.

Conference date: Wednesday 21st June 2023.


Email us at if you have any questions or submit your inquiry on our ‘Contact’ page.