Call International Conference WOMANART

18th, 19th November 2021

CEHUM, University of Minho

Online and/or On-site sessions


Deadline for proposals: 31st May

Notification: 15th June

Full papers (selected articles for publication): 15th December


Registration fee: 30 € (no registration fee for UM students, researchers and professors).


The International Conference Womanart is an outreach activity within the context of the research project Womanart – Women, Arts and Dictatorship. Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese Speaking African Countries (PTDC/ART-OUT/28051/2017).

The aim of this conference is to promote the visibility of women artists from the 20th century in Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese speaking African countries, highlighting their contribution to literary and artistic canons.  We welcome proposals from a multidisciplinary perspective, focusing on the Portuguese speaking transnational universe. The proposed debate is intended to scrutinise the impact of women’s artistic creations under dictatorial regimes, problematising the history of literary and artistic histories, and exposing their silences, invisibility and marginalisation. We expect to contribute to a revision/ reframing of the canons by exploring contrasting or complementary case studies. We will also consider the ways dominant oppressive ideologies have reflected on women’s artistic practices and the forms of resistance/resilience they have engendered.

We accept submissions in the fields of literature, visual arts, film, documentary, theatre and performance, addressing, among others, the following topics and issues:

  1. What are the characteristics that frame the work of women artists as a reaction to a dominant authoritarian ideology, either as a symbolic system that reflects a given historical situation of domination, or as a system of values that configures a given reality?
  2. How do these artistic practices function as instrumental forms of denunciation of an oppressive system that has been imposed over several decades?
  3. What are the strategies used by art and literature to represent the political repression of the dictatorship, the colonial war and/or their historical silencing?
  4. How were issues of gender politics and feminism addressed/ manipulated/camouflaged?
  5. In what ways and by which means do the current generations of women artists revisit this particular historical moment through their art? Particularly in the face of other present day social and political challenges (emigration, exile, diaspora, …)?


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