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More than 100 Scholars Present Research on Women and Queer Subjects in Latin American, Iberian Cultures

AUSTIN, Texas - Top international scholars, poets and authors presented new research at the 20th Annual International Association of Hispanic Women's Literature and Culture Conference Oct. 14-16 at The University of Texas at Austin. 

The three-day conference, hosted by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, featured discussion panels and paper presentations by 135 scholars specializing in women and queer subjects in Latin American and Iberian cultures. The panelists examined a diverse range of topics, including feminism and literature, women in cinema, prison writings, and lesbian identities.

The conference also featured poetry readings and book presentations by prominent female authors, including Isabel Franc, Luisa Futoransky, Briceida Cuevas Cob, Concha García and Rosa Chávez.

Renowned scholar Jean Franco, professor emerita of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, received the association's highest honor, the Victoria Urbano Prize for Academic Achievement. In her plenary paper, Franco acknowledged the important work of female poets, in particular, Blanca Varela. The ceremony was followed by a reception in the Nettie Lee Benson Library, featuring an exposition of Franco's books, along with the documents and publications of the association's founder, Victoria Urbano, which are housed in the library.

Visit the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website for more about the conference.