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Diálogos transatlánticos: Redes femeninas en los siglos XIX y XX / Transatlantic Dialogues: 19th- and 20th- century Women Networks

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Organizer: Isabel Murcia Estrada

Co-Organizer: Dorota Heneghan

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Transatlantic Studies have turned into the main axis of observation and analysis of the countries located on both sides of the Atlantic. They seem to draw a network, which goes beyond any nation, so that those who have been silenced by a national-based system could finally speak. In the transoceanic space, where sovereignty does not belong to any State, margins can speak. In this sense, transatlantic relations between women writers and intellectuals have multiplied since 19th century when they became a space for the creation of networks that legitimize and visibilize the “mujeres de letras” —especially after the birth of the new American States, and the construction of the Spanish Liberal State, as Pura Fernández states in No hay nación para este sexo (2015). In the case of women writers and intellectuals of 19th and 20th centuries, this transatlantic space created a transnational dialogue that illuminated and developed strategies enabling the participation of women in the public life, not only in the literary or artistic field, but also in the political or ideological ones. Using different strategies and techniques in their fictional and non-fictional works, women intellectuals often engaged in dialogue with their female and male counterparts within and across the borders of modern Europe and the Americas regarding such polemic issues as new models of gender relations, divorce, the right to vote, women’s place in politics and the process of modernization.
This seminar seeks to address the various ways in whichthese networks and dialogues operate, exploring the works of female intellectuals who struggled to shape the sociopolitical and cultural contours of modern Europe and the Americas. We invite proposals for papers —in both English and Spanish— in areas relevant to the panel theme, that reflect on the different approaches of these “mujeres de letras” to politics, and the process of modernization at the time. During this seminar, we will try to answer: What is the relationship of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries women intellectuals to other female and male artists who raised their concerns over women’s status? What are the points of connection in their perspectives on the Woman Question with the views of previous generations of feminist thinkers, male and female artists and activists in Europe, Latin America and the United States? How did international and transatlantic travels as well as involvement in professional writing and the entertainment industry contribute to the proliferation of private and social gatherings, cultural organizations and movements and other forms of networks among female intellectuals? Ultimately it is our goal to examine the relationships they established through strong connection elements such as the women's press, the classrooms and literary gatherings, epistolary exchanges, academic visits and, especially, the bonds born of both a common language and the shared experience of being a woman.

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