The UA organises the First International Symposium on Gender and Political Transition
The conference is the result of collaboration between the UA Centre for Women's Studies and the research team project “Haciendo Historia: Género y Transición en España” (Making History: Gender and Transition in Spain)
Alicante, 26 May 2014
On 28 and 29 May, the University of Alicante will host the first International Colloquium on Gender and Political Transition organised by the research team of the project "Haciendo Historia: Género y Transición en España", in collaboration with the Women’s Study Centre at the University of Alicante (WSC).
The conference will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 28 May, at 9 am, by UA President Manuel Palomar, Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation Amparo Navarro and WSC Director Nieves Montesinos, in the Graduate Hall “Alfredo Orts” at the School of Optometry. Asuncion Ventura, lecturer at Jaume I University, will give the inaugural lecture on the silence of gender in the Constitution of 1978.
The development of the conference includes two sections: Spain’s political transition to democracy and the transitions undergoing in Tunisia and Latin America. According to the organising team, the development of gender studies in various disciplines has shown that knowledge of the past, politics and every sphere of society has been built by silencing the voice and actions of women. Although more [and] studies are reflecting the experiences of women in past history, they cover broad geographic and chronological periods. In this sense, scant attention is given to the stages of political changes, ie. the processes of political transition, especially the transition to democracy.
The First International Conference on Gender and Political Transition in Spain addresses gender discourses and experiences of women in these processes, favoring an enrichment of history to complete this gap. But it mostly proposes rethinking basic issues and concepts such as democracy, equality, citizenship, collective action, militancy or identity, which traditionally have been interpreted in a male key. In this way, they could incorporate into the historical and political analyses some elements such as real access, not only formal, to political and social citizenship, uneven presence in positions of power, asymmetry in militancy by gender or questioning the rigid division between public and private, among other issues.