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Dissatisfied modernities

NEWW conference:
Intellectual Women: Dissatisfied Modernities

The end of the 19th century and the first years of the 20th century are witnesses of a revolution in Europe: scientific and technological advances, new media, oriental spiritual influence, social advances, new aesthetics… A whole revolution in which women had an important role that has not been always recognized. In this conference we will try to explore the deep imprint that intellectual women left in the cultural history of Europe in those years, we will consider how dialogues got established between intellectual women from different countries and how the new and modern female voices proposed other possible modernities.

Continuing the tradition created within the NEWW network and the COST Action "Women Writers In History", the Complutense Groups LEETHI (European Literatures from Texts to Hypermedia) and TEGEP keep on working to make visible the dialogues between European women and to analyse the answers that these dissatisfied women gave to the modernities.


Thursday 13 November

Opening: Presentation by LEETHI Group

  • Intellectual Women: Dissatisfied Modernities

Session 1: Highlighting women
Chair: Jenny Bergenmar

Tatiana Crivelli: (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Suzan van Dijk (Huygens ING The Hague, The Netherlands):

11.00 Discussions
11.30 Coffee break

Session 2: A case-study: Norway
Chair: Viola Parente-?apková

Torill Steinfeld (University of Oslo, Norway):

Marie Nedregotten Sørbø (Volda University College, Norway):

  • Anglo-Nordic connections in turn of the century feminism

13.00 Discussions
13.30 Lunch time

Session 3: Women mediating
Chair: Begoña Regueiro

Jenny Bergenmar (University of Göteborg, Sweden):

  • Selma Lagerlöf and Female Folklore. Dissatisfied Modernity or Nationalism?

Viola Parente-?apková (University of Turku, Finland):

  • Finnish women writers/intellectuals at the beginning of the 20th century

15.00 Discussions
16.00 Coffee break

Session 4: Women creating/destroying fantasies
Chair: Amelia Sanz

Senem Timuro?lu (Ozyegin University, Turkey):

  • Harem Narratives: “Room of Their Own” of Ottoman Women in the 19th Century

Alenka Jensterle-Doležal (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic):

  • The Crisis of Identity: the Doppelganger in the early Poems of Slovene Lili Novy

18.00 Discussions

Friday 14 November

Session 5: Women distancing
Chair: Henriette Partzsch

Elisa Müller-Adams (University of Trier, Germany):

  • Love and Europeanness in Annette Kolb’s travel novel Das Exemplar [The Specimen] (1912)

Zsuzsanna Varga (University of Glasgow):

  • From feminism to conservativism: the life and career of Emma Ritoók

Ursula Stohler (University of Zurich, Switzerland):

  • Dissatisfaction about intellectual women inside a non-intellectual environment: E. Marlitt’s female protagonists

11.00 Discussions
11.30 Coffee break

Session 6: A case-study: Romania
Chair: Tatiana Crivelli

Carmen Beatrice Dutu (Dimitrie Cantemir University, Romania):

  • From Textual Battlegrounds to Shifting Gender Roles: Towards a Feminine Romanian Romanticism

Ramona Mihaila (University of Bucharest, Romania):

  • Intellectual Women’s Space in the Late-Nineteenth Century Romanian Print Journalism

13.00 Discussions
13.30 Lunch time

Session 7: Women positioning
Chair: Dolores Romero

Alba del Pozo García (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)

  • Between Tourism and Pilgrimage: Women Hispanists in Spain during the Fin de Siècle

Isabel Navas Ocaña (Univ. de Almería, Spain)

  • A landmark of feminist criticism in Spain: Las Escritoras españolas, de Margarita Nelken (1930)

15.30 Discussions
16.00 Coffee break

16h30 NEWW Meeting: New Horizons

  • Chair: Suzan van Dijk

19.Dinner and Flamenco show

The conference is organised by Begoña Regueiro and Amelia Sanz, and held at Complutense University (Madrid) on November 2014, the 13th and 14th.

For information, please write to: bregueirosalgado[at]edu.ucm.es.
See also: https://www.ucm.es/leethi/.

SvD, October 2014

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