Women and Spain’s Second Republic (2021 NeMLA Panel)

deadline for submissions: 
October 19, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 52nd Annual Convention
March 11-14, 2021
Virtual Conference

Women and Spain’s Second Republic 

April 14, 2021 marks 90 years since the proclamation of Spain’s Second Republic (1931-1939). Though short-lived, the Republic advocated for women’s rights, passing legislation on suffrage, civil marriage, and divorce, and for women’s place in government and politics, with figures, such as Clara Campoamor, Victoria Kent, and Margarita Nelken, serving in the Spanish Cortes. When the Republic came under attack by the Nationalists, right-wing rebels led by Francisco Franco, many women took up arms as milicianas to fight for the Republican cause, and female journalists, such as Martha Gellhorn, Josephine Herbst, and Gerda Taro, went to Spain to cover the Republic’s fight. Though Franco won the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Republican arts and letters continued to flourish, including the artistic, literary, and intellectual production of women.

In honor of the 90th anniversary of the Republic, this panel seeks innovative contributions that reflect upon women and the Second Spanish Republic. Of particular interest are papers that study female writers, artists, journalists, intellectuals, and/or political figures who supported the Republic, regardless of their nationality. Analyses of works (poetry, narrative, essay, photography, art, etc.) created by female supporters of the Republic and/or that portray Republican women are welcome.


Abstracts (200-300 words) are due by October 19, 2020 (deadline extended). Submit here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18806.

General guidelines for abstracts: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Glenski (sarah.glenski@yale.edu).