Organization: Northeast Modern Languages Association
Monstrous, Cybernetics, Virtual Women. Feminism and Science Fiction in the Hispanic Culture
The historical portrayal of artificial women in literature, films or science fiction comics has depicted the female body as a sexualized fetish, and intended to be used as the object of male pleasure. Said portrayal often follows two basic female archetypes – mainly an ideal woman but also a femme fatale, that address heteropatriarchal discourses and reproduce traditional roles of gender imposed to women. Restrained to this simplistic and limiting duality, the artificial woman has reached the beginnings of modernity as an artifact for male desire and also as a female model. Nevertheless, starting in the latter half of the Twentieth Century and throughout the Twenty First, feminist waves, beginning with the Women’s Liberation movement in the US and ending with the global MeToo movement, have challenged these traditional roles, unraveling the duality in which it was rooted, and offering discourses to challenge the patriarchal ideology. These alternative discourses have gained visibility in the field of arts, and specifically in science fiction. Speaking of human relationships and human-machine connections, Donna Haraway in “A Cyborg Manifesto” stated, “Liberation rests on the construction of the consciousness, the imaginative apprehension, of oppression, and so of possibility. The cyborg is a matter of fiction and lived experience that changes what counts as women’s experience in the late twentieth Century.”
This panel seeks to explore the representation of artificial women in Latin American and Spanish literature, films and graphic novels of science fiction from traditional discourses to depictions more committed with a feminist perspective. What are the symbolic potentials that these artificial women embody? What is the role of the posthuman women in modern societies? Can the artificial women break down with the patriarchal discourse? How the artificial women are related to other topics such as sisterhood or motherhood?
Please, submit a 300-words abstract and a brief biography to: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17663 by Sunday, September 30th, 2019. Presentations on both, English and Spanish will be accepted. Questions can be addressed to email@example.com
Maria Jose Gutierez