Special issue: WOMANART – Women, arts and dictatorship. The cases of Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese Speaking African Countries
special issue of Diacrítica will focus on the different strands of analysis developed
within the research project WOMANART – Women, arts and dictatorship. The cases
of Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese Speaking African Countries (funded by FCT, PTDC/ART-OUT/28051/2017).
Coordinated by Ana Gabriela Macedo, the project’s main goal is to make visible the presence of women as
resilient creators of alternative aesthetic canons (literary and artistic),
which actively challenge and unveil the status
quo and hegemonic discourses in those contexts. We aim to reflect on how the dominant
ideology marked the female artistic practices and question which were the forms
of resistance engendered by women in the enunciated geopolitical contexts, by
addressing the following topics: political repression, colonial
war, historical silencing, education, gender politics and feminism, domesticity,
emigration, exile and diaspora. This project is
engaged in a transversal and interartistic dialogue addressing the voices of
women artists who actively challenged censorship, mutism and political repression
from different generations, geographies and artistic practices and discourses, such
as literature, the visual arts, film, documentary, performance and theatre.
We invite scholars and researchers to
submit papers addressing (amongst others) the following issues and
were the spaces, creative or otherwise, women were ascribed to in the context of repression and censorship?
- Can we speak of feminism in the arts in the
context of dictatorships?
- How did these regimes and their
ideological and aesthetic premises frame the relationship of women artists with
ideas of modernity and the avant-garde?
was the standpoint of women’s struggle in the larger context of the resistance
type of networks and collective forms of resistance did women create between
different geographical contexts and did they result in their effective
- How are artists, writers, performers and
directors working and creating today in the contemporary world, while
retrospectively looking at our dictatorial and colonial past through a feminist
or gender lens?
NB: This issue of Diacrítica will also
feature essays by invitation. Therefore, the organizing committee will select a
limited number of essays received through the open call.
Languages accepted: Portuguese, English
Deadline for submission of papers: January 15th 2020