Politics and politics women in their international in house colloquium

Politics and politics: women in their international in house colloquium (+ program) La Ventana La Ventana

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From February 20th to 24th, the twenty-ninth edition of the annual meeting, convened since 1994 by the Women’s Studies Program of the Casa de las Américas – only interrupted by the pandemic in 2021 – will examine and discuss politics and politics in history and culture of Latin American and Caribbean women, with the participation of several dozen speakers from more than ten countries.

On the first day of activities, the meeting will pay tribute to Haydee Santamaría, attacker of the Moncada garrison, Sierra Maestra, underground fighter and exile fighter and founder of this institution.

Among other things, it is about politics and gender in history; namely the difficult and long path of women from their exclusion to participation in public life and their access to power, for which the example of the Colombian Vice President Francia Márquez is mentioned, among others.

During the sessions we will speak to other women politicians in Latin America and the Caribbean about their social activism and cultural management; and on the presence of phenomena such as emigration, exile and uprooting in the life and work of writers, artists and filmmakers from different countries.

On the other hand, the importance of feminism as a political theory and practice is addressed, as well as the role of women’s movements in key moments of the history of the region, including the struggle against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and their involvement in the triumphant revolutionary of 1959 in Cuba.

Other gazes will approach the presence of the political woman and the female body in the media, particularly the professional journalists defending committed political militancy. Another fundamental moment will be the defense of the gender approach as an integral part of women’s political citizenship.

Likewise, policies related to issues such as marriage; and the possible or planned maternity hospitals will be subjects to be addressed in the debates; who will devote an entire session to discussing gender and race from different perspectives and in this context.

Finally, the legacy of Cuban women of yesterday and today is reviewed and books written or compiled by them are presented by their authors.

On Friday 24th, the last day of the colloquium, its editor, the Peruvian academic José Antonio Mazzotti, will present the Revista de Critica Literaria Latinoamericana, while participants will be able to share new topics, publications and honors to be considered in future editions of the event; and enjoy reading a story written especially for the occasion by its author, well-known Latin American/Puerto Rican writer Aurora Levins.

In 2024, the international colloquium is dedicated to the topic “Latin American and Caribbean women in the history and culture of the first quarter of the 21st century”.

PROGRAM OF THE INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM “Politics and Politics in the History and Culture of Latin American and Caribbean Women”. House of the Americas, 20th-24th February 2023



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m : Accreditation


9:15 a.m : Opening. Words of welcome from Luisa Campuzano, Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Casa de las Américas.


9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

Haydee Santamaría in her centenary and her home

A project that keeps growing. Jaime Gómez Triana, Vice President, Casa de las Americas.

Our Haydee, film essay. Esther Barroso, filmmaker, Havana.

Bare a life Ana Niria Albo, Latino Studies Program in the United States, Casa de las Américas.

BREAK: 11:15 a.m


11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Contemporary Peruvian Poets: History and Panorama. José Antonio Mazzotti, Tufts University, Massachusetts, Latin American Literary Criticism Magazine, Peru.

“Until dignity is customary.” Ethics and Popular Pedagogy in Francia Márquez. Zuleica Romay, African American Studies Program, Casa de las Américas

Political woman and emancipation. Sandra Morán, Guatemalan feminist and her book Valió la pena! Yohanka León del Río and Georgina Alfonso González, Institute of Philosophy, Havana.


2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

For the woman and the home, or The domesticated woman: the discursive representation of the female body by the variety sections of the major Havana press (1947-1958). Laura Vázquez Fleitas, Faculty of Philosophy, History and Sociology, University of Havana.

From private life to political regulation. Pragmatic sanction for marriages of Carlos III (3/23/1776) and its application in Cuba. Leidy Abreu García, Faculty of Philosophy, History and Sociology, University of Havana.

The Design of Scientific Maternity in Cuba (1909-1940). Yamilet Hernández Galano, Faculty of Philosophy, History and Sociology, University of Havana

Political Motherhood: From Choice to Commodification. Marina Silvia Martínez, Faculty of Psychology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.



9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m

Women, journalism and feminist and revolutionary militancy. Dailene Dovale de la Cruz, Faculty of Communication, University of Havana; The Bearded Caiman and Daniela Pujol Coll, Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Havana.

From pen to platform: Mariblanca Sabas Alomá or the politicization of feminist discourse. Mélanie Moreau, University of Bordeaux-Montaigne, France.

Media outreach to women in politics: the case of Cristina Fernández in Argentina. Nachely Pérez Guedes, Sarah Noa Ramírez and Julio César Domínguez Cortés, Raúl Roa García Higher Institute of International Relations, Havana.

BREAK: 10:15 am

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Assentamento: an installation by Rosana Paulino that stirs up the past. Claudia Fazzolari, School of Communications and Arts, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Politics and Politics in Brazil: The Edge of Democracy (Petra Costa, 2019) and Que horas ela volta? (Anna Muyleurt, 2015) as examples of feminist cinema in Latin America. Enrique Avila Lopez, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada.

Politics (poetics) of the female body: aesthetics of representation in contemporary Latin American cinema. Ronald Antonio Ramírez Castellanos, Faculty of Spanish for Non-Spanish Speakers, University of Havana.


2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and the “new” ways of doing politics for Latinxs. Ana Niria Albo, Latino Studies Program in the United States, Casa de las Américas.

Lourdes Casal: Emigration and marginality. Sonia Almazán del Olmo, Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Havana.

Exile, uprooting and violence against women in the poetry collection Tundra by Dolores Labarcena. Caridad Atencio, Martí Study Center, Havana.

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m

Contribution of the Civic Front of Martian Women to the combat process in Cuba in 1952-1958. Yeremis Rodríguez Maroselli, Faculty of Philosophy, History and Sociology, University of Havana.

Women against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista: heroism and greatness. Lislien Rodríguez Cárdenas, Lainy Rodríguez Hurtado and Susana Arteaga González, Faculty of Secondary Education, Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas.

Women for a new ideal. The Cuban Revolution, Vilma Espín Guillois and the Federation of Cuban Women. Eloida Diana Kindelán Portillo, Faculty of Philosophy, History and Sociology, University of Havana.

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

Exile in memory and in the body. The female agency in Solo queda saltar (2018) by María Rosa Lojo. Ana Garrido González, University of Warsaw, Poland/Spain.

Why only for me?: The struggles of Argentine-Canadian poet Nela Río. Sophie M. Lavoie, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.

Phyllis Shand Allfrey: Life in service for “Love of an Island”. Beatriz M. Goenaga Conde, University of the Arts, Camaguey.

Françoise Ega: “political” and transcultural sisterhood. Karen Genschow, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

BREAK: 11:15 a.m

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Feminism as a political practice. Zaida Capote Cruz, Institute of Literature and Linguistics, Havana.

Education with a gender approach: the first step towards women’s political citizenship. Tania Rosa Ruiz González, Havana Technical University.

Balance of women’s political participation, pending agenda at universities. Yudi Janeh Yucra-Mamani, Katia Natalia Barrientos Paredes, and Javier Elías Mamani Gamarra, National University of the Altiplano, Puno, Peru.


14:00 clock

Conference Eva Canel and its insurmountable contradictions. María del Carmen Barcia Zequeira, Fernando Ortiz House of Advanced Studies, University of Havana.

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

The Matanzas writer Dolores María de Ximeno. His views of the slave universe. Mireya Cabrera Galán, Office of the Conservator of the City of Matanzas, Documentary Heritage.

Irish Genealogy of Slavery in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Margaret Brehony, University of Galway, Ireland, and Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

body testimonies. About Reyita, just about Daisy Rubiera Castillo. Osneidy León Bermúdez, Faculty of Humanities, Central University “Marta Abreu” in Las Villas.

A conscious saint for Amparo Loy. Psychogeography of a neighborhood militant communist in 20th-century Havana. Mario G. Castillo Santana, Institute of Cuban Studies. University of the Arts, Havana.

Sikán between Tanze and Ekpé: An Approach to the Female Exclusion-Inclusion Dynamics in Abakuá Society. Haled Martínez Suárez, La Lisa Municipal Museum, Havana



9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m

Cuban women in/of four times

The legacy of Elvira Delmonte Lamar (1854-1928). América Mazón Robau, Union of Historians of Cuba, Havana.

Martha de Torre Campuzano, a woman of this and other times. Verónica E. Fernández Díaz, Nicolás Guillén Foundation, Camagüey

The Sisters Aida and Ada Santamaría: Women’s Strategies and Cultural Politics. Irina Pacheco Valera, Opus Habana Magazine, Office of the City Historian, Havana.

Lilia Figueroa Hernández, “Cuquita”, a paradigm to follow. Nancy Esther Corzo Posse and Gricell López Villa, “José Martí” Military Technical Institute, Havana

BREAK: 10:45 a.m

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Feminism and Indigenism, a view from Clorinda Matto’s perspective. Mariana Esther Tovar Yucra, Catholic University of Santa María, Puno, Peru and Eladia Margot de la Riva Valle, Regional Government of Puno, National University of the Altiplano, Peru.

Women’s access to political life in Peru: Obstacles caused by stereotypes. Karen Abregu, Writer, Pucallpa, Peru.

First MP from left in Jalisco. Claudia Gamiño Estrada, Department of History, University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

The guided tour of Rosalba Burgos Castellanos in Chiquinquirá. Hilda María Alonso González, Institute for the History of Cuba, Havana.


2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m

Women, Power and Aristophanic Comedy. Elina Miranda, Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Havana.

Ars politic by Patricia Ariza: creation and activism. Vivian Martínez Tabares, theater director and magazine Conjunto, Casa de las Américas

BREAK: 3:15 p.m

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

book launch

Subalterns and Resistance in Latin American Literature. Luz Nereida Lebron, Puerto Rico,

Caribbean Materfictions. Melba D. Ayala Ortiz, Puerto Rico.

The flight of your gaze. Storytellers from the Peruvian Amazon compiled by Melissa Mendieta.



14:00 clock

Presentation of the Latin American Literary Criticism Magazine with a dossier dedicated to its founder Antonio Cornejo Polar. Presented by José Antonio Mazzotti, Tufts University, Massachusetts; with the participation of Jorge Fornet, Director of the Literary Research Center of the Casa de las Americas.

3:00 p.m

Meeting with registered participants of the colloquium to exchange information about new topics, publications and honors.


Farewell toast for registered participants.