In the article marking International Women's Day 2021, Weiss-Sussex showcases the work of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women Writers (CCWW), established at the Institute 12 years ago to bring together academics, writers, and translators from across the world to explore, discuss and make visible contemporary writing by women authors. Far from focusing on a minority subject area, the Centre promotes a rich and still underestimated body of literature to mainstream agendas.
Among the CCWW's activities is the upcoming symposium which picks up on current research by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and charities such as Theirworld which show that the lockdown measures imposed by the pandemic have had a far greater impact on women than on men. The event, entitled 'Covid and the Woman Writer', will be held online on 30 April and will explore an area of writing that highlights experiential and aesthetic particularity.
Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex is Reader in Modern German Literature at the IMLR. Her current research projects focus on German-Jewish women's writing in the 20th and 21st centuries as 'minor literature', post-migrant imaginaries of belonging, and translingual writing.