Feministas Unidas Inc.

November 2014 Newsletter
 Estimada membresía:
Hoy les mando mucha información de interés:
1. Panel de Feministas Unidas en Vancouver.
2. Annual Awards Women’s Caucus: Deadline for submissions NOVEMBER 30.
3. CFP: Gender and Sexuality in Spanish Urban Spaces. Abstracts due: JANUARY 15.
4. Congreso Anual de AILCFH. October 8-10, 2015 Marquette University.
5. Conference at the University of Miami. Deadline for Abstracts: December 1.

Recuerden que si quieren notificar de algún evento a la membresía, pueden contactarme en acorbalan@ua.edu
Muchos saludos y feliz día de Acción de Gracias para la semana que viene.

“La mujer y los espacios de la memoria: Cruces y efectos en la producción literaria y cultural”
Sponsored by Feministas Unidas, Inc.
3:30-4:45 p.m. VCC East
Friday, January 9th

2. The Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages welcomes submissions for its annual awards.
The 2014 Florence Howe Award
Each year, the Florence Howe Award for feminist scholarship recognizes two outstanding essays by feminist scholars, one from the field of English and one from a foreign language. Each recipient receives $250 and is honored at an event hosted by the Women’s Caucus at the annual MLA meeting.
To be eligible for consideration, essays of 6250-7500 words, written from a feminist perspective, must have been published in English between June 2013 and September 2014.

Please send submissions and inquiries to: Kirsten Christensen, Associate Professor of German, Department of Languages and Literatures, Pacific Lutheran University at kmc@plu.edu .
Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus (http://www.wcml.org)
Deadline for submission: November 30, 2014.

The 2014 Annette Kolodny Award
The Annette Kolodny Award is presented annually to a graduate student member of the Women’s Caucus who is scheduled to give a paper at the MLA. The recipient receives $400 and is honored at an event hosted by the Women’s Caucus at the annual MLA meeting.
To apply, please send electronic copies of your CV and abstract, as well as the title of the MLA session in which you are scheduled to present, to: Kirsten Christensen, Associate Professor of German, Department of Languages and Literatures, Pacific Lutheran University at kmc@plu.edu
Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus (http://www.wcml.org)

 Deadline: November 30, 2014.

3. Call for Papers: Gender and Sexuality in Spanish Urban Spaces

In Spain, as in many areas of the world, men have traditionally served as both prime architects and builders of metropolitan areas--designing blueprints and constructing buildings from the ground up and thus dominating cities. Contrastingly, women have been encouraged, implicitly and explicitly, to remain within the interior spaces of the home, or even far more distanced from society. Within the context of Spain, society educated women to limit themselves to domestic, interior spaces with refrains such as “la mujer y la sartén, en la cocina están bien,” and during the majority of the twentieth century, the Franco regime reinforced these antiquated behavior codes. While the hindsight we have of the twenty-first century provides us with substantial perspective on the politics that bolster such a gender divide in urban spaces, recent theory related to the cultural production of space informs our understanding of cities as deeply encoded with social-sexual meaning. Theorists such as Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, Elizabeth Grosz, Judith Butler, and bell hooks, to name a very few, have written about the production of space and the relationship of individuals to the places they inhabit. Their writings have also helped us make connections between the social construction of cities and gender identity, drawing attention to how human beings appropriate space to reflect sexual identity as well as modify and interact with spaces to satisfy and expand their gendered needs.

For this volume of critical essays, the editors invite submissions of abstracts (250-300 words) examining the synergistic interplay of urban space and architectural structure with gender and sexuality in recent cultural production, primarily literary fiction and film, from 2000 to the present. Topics of interest may address questions such as:

• How do the seemingly ordinary activities of every-day average city dwellers impact gender expression or sexual behavior?
• How do issues of class, ethnicity, race, and religious affiliation intersect with sexual identity as manifested in Spanish cities?
• With regard to geographic information systems, can gender be “mapped” topographically?
• How and in what ways do architectural forms mirror and reflect or subvert gender performance?
• How does human occupation of various urban landscapes and structures dialog with or challenge institutions of power and how they have traditionally shaped sexual identity and gender performance?
• How is gender workplace inequality portrayed in fiction and film?
• What tools of urban landscapes shape the observer’s gaze?

Submissions, sent as Word attachments, must include a working title, 250-300 word abstracts, the author's academic affiliation and contact information. In your email, please include a 2-3 sentence biography. Email article proposals to both Maria DiFrancesco (mdifrancesco@ithaca.edu) and Debra Ochoa (dochoa@trinity.edu). If you would like to participate in this project and have any questions, feel free to contact either one of us prior to the deadline. The deadline for manuscripts is January 15, 2015. The editors will respond with their selection of abstracts by March 25, 2015. Once abstracts have been selected, complete papers (18-24 pages), will be due by the end of June 2015.


October 8-10, 2015 Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI, USA)

Is it still possible to speak of equality, difference, and inclusion under the naturalized category of sexual gender? Is the categorization of gender itself an act of violence? Should the questioning of gender be extended to wider scenarios of power and marginality? With the goal of generating academic dialogue regarding these and other questions, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Marquette University is pleased to invite you to the 25th Annual Congress of the AILCFH, to take place October 8-10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee’s location near Chicago, its heritage of socialist politics, and its blossoming latino communities beckon us all to consider the questions of equality, difference, and inclusion in the Americas and in the Iberian World.
The Congress will render tribute to Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, better known as Saint Teresa of Ávila or Saint Teresa de Jesús. The 500th anniversary of her birth prompts us to reconsider not only failures and successes of women and feminism, but also what is gained and lost in the debates concerning the overcoming of gender. Within the world of Hispanic letters, Saint Teresa became a trailblazer who paved the way so that other women could become writers and is a source of inspiration for this Congress. A variety of sessions will be dedicated to the religious, educational, and cultural institutions that shape the dynamics of gender and that have the power to change or to perpetuate them.
We invite the submission of both individual and panel proposals related to the following themes:
The works of Saint Teresa: critical rereadings
Word, body, and writing
Gender, race, class
Transgression and construction of feminine subjectivities through writing
Feminisms of the 21st century
Writing, femininity, and rhetoric
Gender and public and private spaces
Masculinities in crisis
Women and journalism
Transatlantic feminisms
Gender difference vs a post-gendered world Spirituality, eroticism, and feminism
Gender and interculturality
Interdisciplinary gender studies
Gender and subjectivity
Linguistic usage and gender indoctrination
Language and gender
The role of gender in sociolinguistic variation
Representation of gender through language
Religious, educational, and cultural institutions: the dynamics of gender
Gender and nature: ecocritical (re)readings

Please direct any questions to AILCFH25@gmail.com. Submission requirements:
-Proposals may be submitted in English, Spanish or Portuguese, the three official languages of the AILCFH.
-All proposals are due March 2, 2015 at AILCFH@gmail.com
-Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes
-For literary and cultural topics, send presenter’s name, title, and abstract of 250 words along with a brief description of professional qualifications (1 paragraph).
-For linguistics presentations, titles and anonymous abstracts of 500 words (excluding references). Include the author’s/authors’ names and academic affiliation in the body of the email.
The registration is $100 US ($50 for students); all participants in the congress must be members of the AILCFH (http://sites.la.utexas.edu/ailcfh/membresia/informacion-general/). After proposals for the conference have been accepted, the Organizing Committee will forward a list of lodging options at hotels and dormitories with conference pricing.
Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin, has been a historical center of immigration and is a capital city of the “Third Coast”, Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Milwaukee is a thriving, multiethnic city located just 90 miles north of Chicago. Marquette University is located in downtown Milwaukee within walking distance of hotels and restaurants. All major airlines fly into Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport with many direct flights available. Amtrak also serves Milwaukee, arriving from St. Paul, MN, and Chicago’s Union Station on a regular basis. Alternatively, bus service from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to downtown Milwaukee generally takes 2.5 hours.

5. Graduate Student Conference: “Born-Digital: Reformatting Humanities in the 21st Century”. The University of Miami.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami is pleased to announce its annual graduate student conference, “Born-Digital: Reformatting Humanities in the 21st Century” to be held March 20-21, 2015. This conference is sponsored by The Joseph Carter Memorial Fund.

In Born-Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives (2008), John Palfrey and Urs Gasser explore how the proliferation of new technologies informs the perceived realities of “digital natives” (those born in the digital age) and the “digital immigrants” who have experienced the movement toward digitization during their lifetime. Differences among members of these groups include, for example, how they express their identities in real and virtual spaces, how they perceive their level of connectedness to others, and how they express themselves creatively. Comprising both “native” and “immigrant” scholars and students, the digital humanities are a key field in which these differences play out—an already digital (born-digital) phenomenon as well as a field undergoing digitization.

This conference considers how humanities are already digital, the purposes of digitizing the humanities, how “natives” and “immigrants” can work together to deepen our understanding of the human experience, and the advantages and challenges that digital efforts create for scholarship and teaching. What key debates and innovative projects do the digital humanities foster?

Seeking to provide a platform for new research as well as introduction to the digital humanities for conference attendees, we encourage papers that consider topics from a variety of disciplines and theoretical approaches. We are particularly interested in papers that consider the digital humanities (DH) from an international perspective.

Potential areas of inquiry include:

DH and media
 DH and the arts
 DH and computer-based applications
 DH and data mining
 DH and peer to peer applications
 Multicultural and multilingual areas of DH
 DH and pedadogy
 DH and crowdsourcing
 DH and gender studies
 DH and race
We invite proposals in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Proposals should include an abstract of 200 words, the author’s name, a short bio, and institutional affiliation. Please submit abstracts via e-mail to borndigital2015@gmail.com.

The keynote lecture featuring Dr. Manovich will be free and open to the public. Dr. Manovich will also lead a workshop, but this will require prior registration by participants.

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2014.
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