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Call for Papers: When I Dare to be Powerful Conference

11 Jan 2023

…for women within oppressed groups who have contained so many feelings-despair, rage, anguish-who do not speak, as poet Audre Lorde writes, “for fear our words will not be heard nor welcomed,” coming to voice is an act of resistance. Speaking becomes both a way to engage in active self-transformation and a rite of passage where one moves from being object to being subject.

bell hooks, talking back thinking feminist, thinking black (London: Routledge 2015), 12.

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.


Suggestions include and are not limited to:

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.

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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.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

This conference is made possible by generous funding and support provided by Midlands3/4Cities, New Art Exchange, the Postcolonial Studies Centre at NTU and Bonington Gallery.