Feministas Unidas Inc.

November 2015 Newsletter
 Estimada membresía,
Aquí van algunos anuncios de interés. Por favor, noten que se ha extendido la fecha para el concurso de ensayos graduados hasta el 16 de noviembre. Animen a sus estudiantes graduad@s a participar.
1. 13th Annual Feministas Unidas Essay Prize competition for graduate students (16 noviembre)
2. Cinema Dominicano CFP. (Dec 15, 2015)
3. Aquí y ahora: TV and Film Production in Contemporary Spain Conference (Abstracts: 30 noviembre)
4. Chair position at Northern Colorado.

Cualquier otro comunicado, por favor contáctenme en acorbalan@ua.edu
Saludos otoñales,

1. The Executive Committee of Feministas Unidas Inc., an allied organization of the MLA, is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 13th Annual Feministas Unidas Essay Prize competition for graduate students. This Prize is awarded for an outstanding unpublished essay on feminist scholarship on women in the field of literature, the arts, filmmaking, Transatlantic studies or cultural studies in the areas covered by our organization’s mission: Spanish, Spanish-American, Luso-Brazilian, Afro-Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic Studies.
The purpose of the essay prize is to promote feminist scholarship by those who are entering our profession and are currently graduate students. The prize is the product of collaboration between Feministas Unidas and the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). The selection committee is drawn from officers and members of Feministas Unidas and the editorial board of Letras Femeninas. Feministas Unidas reserves the right not to award the prize in a given year.
Award: $250 and publication of the essay in the the journal Letras Femeninas. The author of the winning essay must be a member of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH) at the time of publication of the essay. Winning essay will receive corresponding editorial comments from competition readers as well as from Letras Femeninas Editors. Essays will be published one year after acceptance.
Eligibility: Graduate students who are current or new members of Feministas Unidas are eligible to submit their original research for the prize.
• An unpublished paper 
• Length: 18-25 pages, double-spaced, including notes and works cited
• Format: MLA style. Prepare the manuscript according to instructions for “Anonymous Submissions”
• Languages: Spanish or English
• Deadline for submission: November 16, 2015
Items to be submitted:
• Essay
• 200-word abstract of the essay
• Author’s c.v.
• Submit all materials in the following way: one hard copy and as an e-mail attachment. Please submit essays without names and add a cover page with the title of your work, your name and institutional affiliation. This will help us ensure adequate refereed procedures.
Mail to:
Hilda Chacón, Vicepresident
Foreign Languages and Literatures Department
Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

In an attempt to gather, study, and assess the emerging film productions focusing on the Dominican Republic, we are calling for original proposals for an anthology about the Caribbean island´s cinematography and its production. Proposals (in Spanish) will be accepted until December 15, 2015.

Suggested topics are not limited to, but may include: political documentaries; dynamics of race, gender, and identity; national cinema; globalization and transnationality; new technologies and forms of production, circulation and consumption; adaptations of literary texts; ecological readings; musical adaptations; re-appropriations of Hollywood aesthetics; film festivals and blogs, etc.

Potential contributors should send a 300-word abstract with proposed critical approach and a preliminary title, along with author’s biographical information, including email address, and academic affiliation. Acceptance of the proposal does not necessarily mean acceptance of the final version of the essay for publication.

For more information and to submit abstracts contact:
Patricia Tomé ptome@rollins.edu
Adriana Tolentino tolentad@eckerd.edu

3. Aquí y ahora: TV and Film Production in Contemporary Spain International Conference

Swarthmore College, PA (USA) March 25–26, 2016
Organizers: Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College
Contact email:

Over the past few years in Spain, film, TV and other audiovisual production has undergone enormous change under the impact of economic, political, legal and social changes. Film production has been hit hard by government funding cuts, with the industry seeing a 36% reduction in national funding support to 49 million Euros in 2011
- moreover, the vast majority of this amount was spent covering debt from the previous year. At the same time, ticket prices have gone up due to the crisis bailout that has seen an increased tax of 21% in entertainment events – a tax that affects cinemas, but also theaters, concerts, and nightclubs amongst others. Meanwhile, film attendance has been at an all-time low, reaching only 8.2 million viewers in 2011, for example, an almost 50% in viewership from the previous year.

Despite this adversity – the country’s biggest economic crisis since the 1970s – the Spanish film industry is experiencing something of a renaissance. Spanish films are currently showing more of an international appeal and, as Juan Sarda (2013) argues, there is ‘more dynamism and more creativity than ever in its history’. Furthermore a number of big Spanish productions have also been met quite favorably by the national public – Ocho apellidos vascos, The Impossible, and La isla mínima have broken national records and have been lauded by both audiences and critics alike as a re- invigoration of Spanish narratives and also an example of how Spanish productions can
become world-renowned films. As such, it is pertinent to ask if this phoenix-like effect has been driven by adversity, and if so, why and how.

This conference seeks to interrogate the current state of affairs in Spain’s television and cinema industry, and it aims to open discussions about (but not limited to):

- new independent productions
- current financial models
- new avenues for Spanish film and television productions
- the face of the new film and television consumer
- men and/or women representations
- representations of the LGBTQ community
- alternatives to traditional film (the case of online-only film content)
- traditional vs. new narratives
- international appeal
- new television formats
- the surge of Spanish television fiction content
- international co-productions (particularly with Latin-America, for example: the recent case of Oscar nominated Relatos Salvajes)
- the use of new media platforms (instagram, etc) in the film industry
- the impact of socio-economic changes to the film industry
- social, financial, and cultural change representation on screen, etc.

Please send an abstract (max. 250 words) detailing your proposal for a 20-minute paper, and a brief biographical note before the end of November 2015 to the following address: agrasve1@swarthmore.edu
The Conference committee will notify accepted proposals by Late December 2015. Registration for the free conference will open at the beginning of January 2016.

4. The Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Northern Colorado is seeking to fill the tenured appointment of Department Chair at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. Applicants must demonstrate an active and prestigious research record as well as administrative experience. Preference will be given to those whose area of concentration is Latin American Literature/Culture. Primary responsibilities include administration and leadership of the department, research and scholarly activity, classroom teaching, and service to the university, community and profession.
The qualifications for this appointment, an eleven-month position that begins on July 1, 2016, include: (a) a Ph.D. in Spanish; (b) a record of scholarly publications; (c) demonstrated excellence in teaching and service; and (d) evidence of effective leadership and management skills commensurate with the position. To apply, complete a candidate profile at (……..) and submit a letter of application, a CV, the names and contact information of five professional references, and a statement of administrative philosophy that includes a vision for the Department's future—for a complete overview of the Department, visit http://www.unco.edu/hispstds/. Official transcript required upon employment.
The Hispanic Studies Department encourages members from all underrepresented groups in higher education to apply. Screening will begin October 26, 2015 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions about the position, please contact José I. Suárez at jose.suarez@unco.edu or (970) 351-2459.
The University of Northern Colorado prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation; in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment.
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