English 2018

III FEMINIST NOVEMBER: Inquiring for action

22 & 23 November 2018

Call for Papers (CFP)

            The Institute for Feminist Research, (Instituto de Investigaciones Feministas, Instifem) is pleased to announce that the third edition of Feminist November already has a date. It will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of November, at the Faculty of Philology of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

In a historical moment for feminism, in which women around the world have broken their silence and have come together to denounce violence, oppression, labour and wage discrimination, the conference “Feminist November” come to its third edition turned into a indispensable forum for dialogue and the exchange of ideas. A space for reflection on the movement and the feminist theories, their contributions in the struggle for real equality and the challenges it faces, as well as the economic and socio-political realities that women experience. The objective of the conference is to continue serving as a meeting point for the most varied feminist and gender researches and to continue advancing in the path of social justice and the depatriarchalization of society.

            In this third edition, we invite all people dedicated to feminist and gender research and professionals in this field to make submissions on one of the following thematic axes, although not the only ones:

  • Bodies, women and violence.
  • New feminisms, new discourses.
  • Transmedia narratives: opportunity or “always the same story”?
  • Migration, gender and public policies.
  • Myths, youth and gender stereotypes.
  • Activism through culture.
  • Cultural studies and feminism.

Deadline:

  • Deadline to submit abstracts, along with a short biography: June 15
  • Extension of abstracts: 300 words maximum
  • E-mail: noviembrefeminista2018@gmail.com
  • Confirmation of participation in the conference: July 15
  • Those researchers whose abstracts are selected, must pay 15 euros as registration fees
  • Certificate of attendace: 10 euros.
  • More information: noviembre-feminista.com

Themes:

  • Bodies, women and violence.

In recent years, both the massive November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and the #MeToo movement (led by Hollywood industry actresses with repercussions around the world) address the multiple forms of violence -physical, psicological and symbolic- that women suffer from.

Feminicide, sexual abuse, harassment, sexual exploitation … There is no question, these are the most obvious forms of violence that women suffer, but there are others that occur more subtly, through for example, beauty canons, and often the right to decide on one’s own body or prominent promulgation of emancipation.

In all cases, feminism’s mission is to generate questions and answers. As well to maintain the debates and discover the most varied forms of domination.

  • New feminisms, new discourses.

What has happened in recent years with feminisms (cyberfeminism, ecofeminism, etc.)? Have they changed? Is the year 2017, named by the international press as “the Year of Women”, the definitive turning point for the history of the movement and for the path to real equality? The March 8 feminist protests all around the world, are they rewriting the feminist fight? The new political and social realities have evolved into new feminisms. Are new theories being born or are they simply the reflection of the new generational spectrum? Is there a need for reflection and a global balance that allows us to move forward and focus on common goals?

  • Transmedia narratives: opportunity or “always the same story”?

What is not named, does not exist. The media distorts reality in our society. As a result, these media filters invisibilize some of the knowledge. The mass media can act as friends or enemies in this struggle for real equality between men and women, namely, they can give the floor or refuse it.

In the age of the Internet, we are wondering about the transformative power of information and communication technologies and social networks, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube, to get to know the new feminist theories (ecofeminism, cyberfeminism, transfeminism, etc.), to spread the struggle of the movement and to serve as spokespersons for different gender identities and the experiences of women who, far from being consumers, take the role of producing their own stories .

  • Migration, gender and public policies.

A state pact against gender violence that lacks funding. Twenty-three iniciatives in relation to equality awaiting adoption in Congress. A gender mainstreaming program that has been reduced to a simple declaration of intent on the webpage of the Women’s Institute, Instituto de la Mujer, an entity under the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. If we do not have the support of public administrations and policies, equality between men and women will remain an illusion, an impossible dream.

Legislating won’t be enough. It must be done in accordance with the law, under ideological imperatives and true commitment to certain principles and values.
In this paragraph we make the link between the development of public policies and the eradication of major oppressive problems for women, more specifically women belonging to disadvantaged social classes, women with a functional diversity, doubly or triply discriminated against.

  • Myths, young people and gender stereotypes.

Rosa Luxembourg said: “Those who do not move do not feel their chains”. Domination presents several faces, but the most effective form of perpetuation remains under the power of the symbol. Thus we have ensured a symbolic chain that submits women and that, for its condition of invisible, it has not very often found a resistance.

Mitology, Biblical Relates, mass communication … All those who contribute to a series of stereotypes that shape the thinking, the behaviors and even the attitudes adopted by men and women inside romantic relationships and their different roles.

In this regard, we will analyze the positions adopted by young people in view of the mandate of gender: if the rebelion against the patriarchal culture is a fact or, on the contrary, this mandate is assumed during the development of youth idenitities.

  • Activism through culture

The silence has been broken and the patriarchal establishment is gnashing his teeth to expose the damage that gender ideology represents for women and the feminism’s risk to artistic expression, with the pretension of liberating it from macho culture.

Literature, comic, painting, scenic arts, music, cinema, even fashion … Cultural creation has become a powerful weapon of resistance and support for the discourses that traditionally are also silent. These forms of expression are moving away from the masculine, hegemonic gaze until now. But, have we made women’s creation visible? And in such case, activism has its price? The authors, do they really possess power? Do they control the production and distribution systems?

  • Cultural studies and feminism.

With the flow of the twentieth century and the spectacular development of the mass media, the study of popular culture breaks out fully in the academic sphere. The link between culture and power is at the root of philosophers’ research, such as Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida, and channels the feminist movement’s concern for the symbolic construction of women as essence or absolute. Faced with the “mystique of femininity” already denounced by Betty Friedan and Kate Millet, the contribution of cultural studies, on the other hand, lies in its hybrid and interdisciplinary vision of the particular realities that live, suffer and please women.

Organize the event:

Investigadoras del Programa de Doctorado en “Estudios Feministas y de Género”.

Instituto de Investigaciones Feministas. U.C.M.

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