Feministas Unidas Inc.

August 2018 Newsletter
 Estimada membresía,
Esperamos que el verano vaya estupendamente. No olviden que tenemos una sesión garantizada en NeMLa, que será en Washington DC en marzo y que hay otras muy interesantes. PUeden ver todos los cfp en detalle en : https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html
La fecha límite para enviar abstracts es el 30 de septiembre de 2018

1. Intersectional Feminism in the Age of Transnationalism (Feminista Unidas session)

This panel is organized by Feministas Unidas, a coalition of feminist scholars in Spanish, Spanish-American, Luso-Brazilian, Afro-Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic and Latino Studies. At our panel, we will discuss the ways in which transnationalism and feminism intersect in literature and film. What is the future of intersectional feminism in the age of transnationalism? How do literature and film help us understand the challenges that the feminist struggle will encounter in this era of growing interconnectivity? What positive and negative effects does the weakening of the nation-state model as a result of globalization have on the fight against gender-based discrimination? How do works of art by about women address the transformations in gender roles that are implicit in transnational experiences?
Our commitment to intersectional feminism uniquely positions us to address these and related issues at the panel of Feministas Unidas at NeMLA. Please submit an abstract of 300 words or less and a brief bio to Dr. Olga Bezhanova at obezhan@siue.edu by September 30, 2018.

2. Contesting the Gaze: Gender and Genre in Hispanic Women's Filmmaking

In Ways of Seeing (1972), John Berger notes that the idea of gaze has been traditionally defined as masculine, for there is an underlying assumption that "men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at" (47). Berger's observation unravels a hegemonic scopic regime, which oftentimes privileges men's perspective and situates them at the center of narratives, thus leaving women's experience on the margins of the collective imaginary. Alongside other crucial categories (such as class, race, or age), gender structures pervade not only the way we see and understand the world, but also the way we talk about it. Therefore, the notion of gaze becomes a key concept in cultural production, for whoever casts the gaze controls the narrative and, ultimately, history.
Amidst today's popular feminist resurgence, propelled by the #MeToo movement and echoed by other initiatives worldwide that have revived on-going debates on representation and identity in popular culture, we consider it is necessary to revisit and examine the notion of gaze in the works of Hispanic women filmmakers. This roundtable plans to discuss some of the following questions: what happens when women are the ones who look? Is there a female gaze versus a male gaze? Is it appropriate to talk about a female gaze given the importance of other intersecting categories? How do film genres inform the gaze? Is it possible to subvert dominant ways of seeing through the use of film genres, and if so, is this particular use gendered?
This roundtable seeks submissions that explore, complicate, or challenge the traditional notion of gaze in works by women filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Of particular interest are papers focusing on directors who conceive of their work as a space to contest hegemonic practices of looking, and who propose new perspectives, narratives, and filmic experience through the creative use of film genre conventions. Abstracts in Spanish or English are welcome.
This roundtable explores, complicates, and challenges the traditional notion of the gaze in works by women filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Papers focusing on directors use their work as a space to contest hegemonic practices of looking, and who propose new perspectives, narratives, and filmic experience through the creative use of film genre conventions are encouraged.

3. CFP- NEMLA-Seminar: "Queer Women: Reading and Writing in 19th & 20th Peninsular Spanish Literature" coordinated by Ana Isabel Simón-Alegre (Adelphi University) & Aurélie Vialette (Stony Brook University).
The topic of this seminar is the presence of the “chicas raras” in Modern Spanish literature, also known as “queer women” in English. Queer is the perfect conceptual framework to think about how Spanish authors explore feminist themes, such as discrimination or inequality using their narratives as a tool to examine tensions in female subjectivity. The concept queer includes the idea of gender dissidence that encompasses how female intellectuals experience sex, sexuality and, gender. Even if oftentimes these writers have difficulties conceptualizing these notions, they are perceptible in women narratives, especially through specific genres: autobiography, memoir, romance fiction and letters.
This seminar wishes to explore not only the significant presence of queer women in Spanish literature but also ask why it has been silenced culturally. For that matter, we will take up notions such as “cursi” (cheesy) in texts written by women from 1850 up to the present. We argue that when literary criticism dismisses a woman-authored novel as “cheesy,” it is due to a gender mark related to the concept of queer. Noël Valis (2003) cleverly elaborated on the untranslatable concept of “lo cursi” and the structure of feeling that characterizes Spain’s uneasy surrender to the forces of modernity. We want to keep this debate open and propose a discussion on how the literary figure of the “queer woman” is, in fact, also present in European writers.
Abstracts accepted in Spanish or English.
This seminar examines the significant presence of the queer woman in Peninsular Spanish Literature written by women from 1850 up to the present. Our objectives are: to examine how Spanish Women Writers used this literary figure in their novels to explore gender conventions, track the connections between these literary figures and those of other Women Writers and, and discuss how the figure of the queer woman was a factor in the personal lives of women writers.
Please email an abstract of your proposal in Spanish or English to https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html by September 30, 2018. This session will be organized as a seminar.
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