Masterclass WOMANART

Women, Art and Dictatorship

16th September 2020 – Online (Zoom and live sessions)


The aim of this masterclass – one of activities within the WOMANART project (PTDC/ART-OUT/28051/2017) – is to consider and discuss conceptual configurations related to postcolonial memory and gender issues. These topics will be scrutinised from an interdisciplinary perspective, converging on critical discourses on resistance, survival narratives and identity self-assertion. The masterclass comprises two sessions, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The session delivered by Professor Paulo de Medeiros (Warwick University, UK) will address a set of concrete case studies (a play, a novel, a film and a painting) generating a dialogue between literature, the visual arts and cinema (see details below).

The masterclass will include a workshop on creative writing led by the researcher Renata Flaiban Zaneta (CEHUM/UMINHO). The theme of the workshop is gender equality. Short stories by Lygia Bojunda (Brazil) and Alice Vieira (Portugal) will be explored as inspiration for the planned activities.

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(The masterclass is limited to 25 participants)

Deadline for registration 15th July

All participants will be entitled to a Masterclass certificate

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Masterclass Prof. Paulo de Medeiros (Universidade de Warwick, Inglaterra)

14h – 16h (via Zoom)

On Belonging: Inside, Outside and “By the Law”

 The masterclass will develop a comparative and intertextual study of the play King John (William Shakespeare), the novel Go, Went, Gone, (by Jenny Erpenbeck, 2015) the film Yvonne Kane (by Margarida Cardoso – 2014) and the painting St. Margaret by Paula Rego. The comparative platform is structured according to the themes of the session.

Biographic note: Paulo de Medeiros is Full Professor on Comparative Literature at Warwick University, United Kingdom. He is a member of the Warwick Research Collective, a research group working on the materiality of world literatures. From 1998 to 2013 he was Full Professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He has been Guest Lecturer at several universities in Portugal, UK, Brazil and USA. In 2011-2012 he was Keeley Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford and he is a senior researcher at CES – University of Coimbra. His expertise encompasses Literary Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Photography and Cinema. In 2013, he published Pessoa’s Geometry of the Abyss: Modernity and the Book of Disquiet, and, in 2015, O silêncio das sereias. Ensaio sobre o Livro do Desassossego. His most recent work was the co-organisation of the reader A Companion to João Paulo Borges Coelho: Rewriting the (Post)Colonial Remains (2020).


Workshop on Creative Writing – Renata Flaiban Zanete (CEHUM/UMinho)

10h – 12h (via Zoom/presencial)

Creative Writing on Gender Equality Exploring Literary Excerpts by Lygia Bojunga and Alice Vieira

This workshop will focus on short stories by Lygia Bojunga (Brazilian) and Alice Vieira (Portuguese), considering that their works are relevant for a wider, adult public beyond the strict realm of “teen literature”. The discussion will be centered on the analysis of a set of main characters, mostly young women who question gender norms, as well as expressed theoretical reflections which help you to think out patterns of equality/ inequality. Participants will be asked to write a fictional piece after the discussed issues. Creative Writing is conceived as a means to apprehend concepts and debates related to these subjects.

Biographic note: Renata Flaiban Zanete (Researcher at the PhD Program on Compared Modernities) has coordinated several workshops on creative writing for Teacher Training Programmes. Recently, in 2018, she was responsible for the workshop Ressonâncias de Virginia Woolf em Lygia Bojunga e Alice Vieira, at the Centre for Research and Formation at SESC – São Paulo, Brazil. She also led a workshop on drama, Da notícia ao teatro, at de City Hall of Espinho, on the 27th February 2020, targeting high-school students. The theme of this session on drama was gender equality/ inequality.

            As a writer, Renata Flaiban was awarded the Prize Novos Talentos/FNAC for the short story Orlanda, and she received the Award for Gender Equality, by the City Hall of Odemira and Alzejur (Portugual), for the short story O peixe morre pela boca (both awards in 2018). In 2019, she received the literary prize “Manuel Laranjeira – Município de Espinho” for the play Refúgio.


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BOJUNGA, L. (2002). A casa da madrinha. (18ª ed.) Rio de Janeiro: Agir.

VIEIRA, A. (2004). Rosa, minha irmã Rosa. (Edição comemorativa do 25.º aniversário da 1ª ed.) Lisboa: Caminho.

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VIEIRA, A. (2010). Meia hora para mudar a minha vida. Alfragide: Editorial Caminho.