Working Girls: Women’s Cultural Production during the Interwar Years
|Event Date/Time: Oct 19, 2007||End Date/Time: Oct 20, 2007|
|Registration Date: Aug 01, 2007|
|Early Registration Date: Jun 01, 2007|
|Abstract Submission Date: Jun 01, 2007|
|Paper Submission Date: Aug 01, 2007|
This interdisciplinary two-day symposium in Northern California seeks proposals for papers that explore the many facets of what it meant to be a “working girl” involved in cultural production during this time of great social opportunity, but also economic depression and backlash of conservative attitudes. Among the questions we hope to address are: How did women, as both producers and consumers of art, design, architecture, and popular culture in different parts of the world during the interwar years, respond to the rise of modernity made possible by the machine age? How did their “work” from this period also address the role of technology in promoting the loss of both life and capital on a global scale? What are the similarities and differences in the ways in which women artists responded to the rise of nationalism, fascism, and xenophobia in different countries and urban settings? Finally, what types of international dialogues existed among creative women of the interwar years, and how can we draw parallels between women’s experiences in different geographic locations during this important period in world history?