Gender and Decolonization in the Iberian World

Symposium hosted by the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, November 15 & 16, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Alda Banco, San Diego State University

This symposium aims to examine, from a decolonial perspective, the entanglements of gender and colonialism in the Iberian world from nineteenth-century to the present. In particular, we seek to explore the role of gender in negotiating resistance to imperial narratives, which served as compensatory fictions in response to the loss of the Iberian empires throughou t the long nineteenth century and beyond. The symposium will serve as a forum for the discussion of methodological and theoretica lissues pertaining to the intersections of gender and decolonization.

Among other considerations,we invite participants to take into account practices of self-determination, defense of self-identity, awareness of belonging to a silenced community, the power of the gaze, and the fight for recognition, while revealing from cultural productions, a testimonial corpus of the various phases of liberation. Studies focused on literature, visual culture, historical texts, political discourse, and other forms of cultural reaction and representation are welcome.

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