Mission Statement

GEMELA strives to unite scholars across traditional disciplinary boundaries through its focus on women's cultural production in medieval and early modern Spain and colonial Latin America through 1800. Our purpose is to distribute information and knowledge about women and their role as cultural producers. Our conferences and publications encourage teaching and research based on all approaches related to our principal field of inquiry.


2014-08-21: A final version of the Lisbon 2014 conference program is availabe here.

2014-05-12: The registration site for the upcoming conference in Lisbon is open. Please go to https://www.123signup.com/event?id=drpqx to finalize your registration before July 31, since after that date there will be a late penalty. Please remember to join or renew your membership when you register. You can also see a tentative program for the conference and a document with information on hotels and travelling.

2014-03-21: GEMELA will host a roundtable session at the 2015 MLA convention with the title In Search of Forgotten Women in Pre-1800 Iberia and the Americas. Given that medieval and Early Modern women's histories so often remain untold and thus absent from cultural and scholarly sites of memory, this session will focus on women who have not yet received full attention by critics, yet whose lives and/or works broke social, legal, and religious boundaries. Some of these might be: writers whose works have not been published; adventurers whose travels remain uncharted; ethnic "others"; social and religious misfits; female outlaws and "outliers." Participants are:

Presider: Emily Francomano
Sara Vicuña Guengerich, Texas Tech University, "Daughters of the Inca Conquest: Native Women in Spanish Colonial Probanzas and Informaciones"
Jeanne L. Gillespie, The University of Southern Mississippi, "Haiti, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas: amerindias negotiating for their lives"
Karen Douglas Alexander, Dallas Baptist University, "Filtering [out] her voice: Gender and the Long Legacy of Empire in Leonor de Tejeda"
Sacramento Roselló-Martínez, Syddansk Universitet (Denmark), "The Castilla Female Outliers: Bringing in the Daughters of Pedro I of Castile"
Respondent: Margaret Boyle

2014-03-19: The newsletter for Spring 2014 has been published and is available for download in our website.


2013-11-06: GEMELA invites abstracts for its biennial conference to be hosted by the University of Lisbon, in Lisbon, Portugal, on September 8-10, 2014. The conference will focus on women’s cultural production in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia and Colonial Latin America. Papers or sessions that deal with the conference theme of “Tracing Paths” are highly encouraged. The theme can be understood in a literal sense (paths through geographical space or social spaces) as well as in a metaphorical sense (paths that are spiritual, poetic, didactic, literary, scientific, philosophical, etc.). We welcome suggestions for panels, discussion papers and/or workshops on theory, pedagogy, and other related topics. Papers may be delivered in Spanish, English or Portuguese.

Please send half-page abstracts to gemela.lisbon.2014@gmail.com by 1 March 2014. Graduate Students should send an abstract along with a full text (7-10 pages max) and an email of support from a faculty advisor. All presenters must pay 2014 membership dues and the conference registration fee. Graduate student papers will automatically be entered into the Graduate Student Award Competition.

This information can be found in the call for papers posters, which you are encouraged to disseminate widely, in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


Tobias Brandenberger is Professor of Romance Philology at the University of Göttingen (Germany). PhD in Ibero-romance philology from the University of Basel (Switzerland) with a thesis that examines the construction of gender roles and the discourse on marriage in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Literatura de matrimonio – Península Ibérica, s. XIV-XVI, 1996), his main research areas are literary gender studies, intra-Iberian cultural relations and intra-Iberian imagologies and intermediality (literature and music). In these areas he has published numerous studies and edited, among others Deseos, juegos, camuflaje: los estudios de género y queer y las literaturas hispánicas de la Edad Media a la Ilustración (with Henriette Partzsch); Corpo a corpo. Körper, Geschlecht, Sexualität in der Lusophonie (in collaboration with Henry Thorau); España y Portugal - Antagonismos literarios e históricos (ss. XVI-XVIII); A construção do outro: Espanha e Portugal frente a frente (with Elisabeth Hasse and Lydia Schmuck). His recent monograph is La muerte de la ficción sentimental. Transformaciones de un género iberorrománico (2012 ).

Amélia P. Hutchinson, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer of Portuguese at the University of Georgia (USA) and Director of the Fernão Lopes Translation Project (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Direcção-Geral do Livro dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas, Portugal). Member of several academic associations, including the American Portuguese Studies Association (treasurer, 1999-2006), the International Arthurian Society and the Medieval Chronicle Society, she has developed parallel careers in modern languages and Medieval Studies, having published articles and book chapters on Medieval Studies as well as co-authoring Portuguese: An Essential Grammar (Routledge, 1996, 2003), and Ponto de Encontro, Portuguese as a world language (Prentice Hall, 2006, 2012), which was awarded the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese prize, 2013.