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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.136

Hitchhiking: women on the road


  • Vivienne PLUMB

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"My paper will examine the role of women within hitchhiking - 'free' ridesharing that is based on need and trust. Using a feminist geography, I will focus on the hitchhiking female body within places and spaces: the construction of the female body as a site of risk in public exterior space (the highway), and inside an enclosed interior space (the vehicle). I shall also consider hitchhiking women using a literary context. Hitchhiking has always been thought of as a more transgressive activity for women than for men. So how much freedom does hitchhiking afford women? Both Virginie Despentes ('King Kong theorie') and Shahrnush Parsipur ('Women Without Men') have discussed that, in reference to the (female) risk taking involved in hitchhiking. At the end of Ottessa Moshfegh's novel, 'Eileen', the main character of Eileen hitchhikes into a new life, thus escaping her unsettling past. I have written about hitchhiking, both in short fiction and academically (my DCA). I am a fulltime writer: poetry, short and long fiction, drama, creative nonfiction. During 2018 I held the Creative NZ Berlin Writing Residency, working on a creative nonfiction text that grew out of my short story 'Why My Mother Never Hitchhiked' (Spineless Wonders, Sydney, 2014)."