International Colloquium “Debating Women: Past and Present”

Venue: Funchal, Island of Madeira, Portugal

Location: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Event Date/Time: Jun 01, 2011 End Date/Time: Jun 04, 2011
Registration Date: Mar 31, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 31, 2011
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The political, economical and social developments on the threshold of the 21st century, namely growing globalization, economical crisis, migration patterns, transnationalism, new technologies, beauty industry and body sculpting, as well as the legislative steps taken towards securing human rights and equal opportunities, are signs of emergent new ways of thinking and experiencing subjectivity.

This Colloquium will bring together national and international academics and experts to discuss Gender issues in a diachronic and synchronic perspective. The main goal is to assemble a diversified body of scholarship on this field of studies, which will reflect the experiences and conceptualizations that contributed to promote significant transformations in modern societies, as the outcome of the long fight of Women to overthrow the age-long patriarchal society and the establishment of a full-fledged democratic society, where women are granted an equal voice and an egalitarian political, economic and social existence.

Despite many of the traditional feminist claims having already been fulfilled both in the Law and in the official speeches, this Colloquium further aims to debate and denounce residual forms of resistance still present in speeches, categories and discriminative practices, as well as the configuration of new manifestations of asymmetries in gender relations in this so-called ‘post-feminist’ era.

The International Colloquium “Debating Women: Past and Present” is organised by the University of Madeira in partnership with the following peer institutions:

• State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
• Centre for Classical Studies, University of Lisbon, Portugal
• Centre for Cultural and Communication Studies, Catholic University, Portugal
• Research Centre for Jewish and Feminine Studies, University of Santiago of Compostela, Spain

Academics and experts are invited to participate in this interdisciplinary forum of reflection and debate, and to offer 20 min. talks. Please send the Title and Abstract of your contribution (Word format, 300 word max.) to the email address:, together with the enclosed registration form duly filled in.

Suggested Colloquium Topics:
I. Historical and Cultural Legacy:
• Women’s (In)visibility in History
• (De)Forming Women’s Image in Literature
• (De)Forming Women’s Image in Culture
• Women’s Active and Passive Roles in the Church(es)
• The Feminine contribution to the Democratisation of Modern Societies
• Women’s Education in Retrospective
• Representations of Women in the Visual Arts

II. Women in the Twenty-first Century: Advancements / Draw backs?
• Contemporary Women Writers’ Responses to Gender
• New Gender Formulations in Contemporary Literature and Culture
• Gender Markers in Language and Languages
• Gender Markers in Schoolbooks
• Developments in Gender Theories
• Developments in Theories of Sexuality
• Gender Representations in the Media (Radio, Press, TV; Internet, Cinema)
• Fashion and the Beauty Industry: Perpetuation/ (Re)Configuration of Stereotypes?
• Women Trafficking
• Women in the Work Place
• The Feminisation of Education: Evolution/Short and Long Term Effects
• Women in the Law
• Domestic Violence
• Gender (Re)Configurations in the Public and Private Spaces
• Women in the Migration Patterns
• Representations of Women in the Visual Arts

Maria Zina Gonçalves de Abreu

Cristina Pinheiro
Glória Franco
Inês Tadeu
Maria João Beja
Martina Emonts Colloquium Contacts

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University of Madeira, Colégio dos Jesuítas

Additional Information

Deadline for Abstract delivery: January 31, 2011 Deadline for Notification of Paper Acceptance: February 28, 2011 Deadline for registration: March 31, 2011 Registration fee up to March 31: €100,00 (euros) Registration fee after March 31: €150,00 (euros) Students: €25,00 (euros OBS: Further information on methods of payment, special hotel prices and cultural and social activities will soon be announced.