CONTACT: gemela.puebla.2024@gmail.com


GEMELA (Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas, pre-1800) will hold its biennial conference in Puebla, Mexico, in the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) from July 17-19, 2024.

The conference theme seeks to increase the visibility of women’s cultural, historical and social production in Spain, Portugal and the Americas before 1800. We especially welcome proposals in the following areas:

·       Border crossings in women’s writing

·       Restructuring of identity through art and literature

·       Self-representation

·       Production and circulation of indigenous and Afro-descendant knowledge

·       Women’s inventiveness and ingenuity

·       Cultural production in convent life, individual and/or community

·       Feminine imaginaries and their representation systems

·       Incorporations and exclusions of feminine subjects in institutions and/or law

·       Women and the Inquisition

·       Feminine subjectivities in the early modern Hispanic world

·       Feminine mobility, physical and/or social

·       Motherhood and women’s daily lives

·     Women’s cultural production of medicines and medical knowledge Feminine visual culture

We are pleased to accept proposals for individual papers as well as pre-organized panels; roundtables and workshops on theory, pedagogy or other related areas. Participants may deliver papers in Spanish, English or Portuguese. The organizing committee will assess proposals in relation to the general theme. In particular, evaluators will prioritize those proposals related to the aforementioned categories. Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to the following address: gemela.puebla.2024@gmail.com.

Masters and doctoral students who participate in the biennial conference are encouraged to submit their complete papers for the Kate Regan and Amy Williamsen prizes. Details on how to apply for these awards are forthcoming.  

Conference participants will have access to one meal and a tasting that features Pueblan cuisine, a Baroque music concert, a cultural visit, a welcome package and coffee during the event.  


Allyson M. Poska is Professor of History emerita at the University of Mary Washington. 

Alma Montero Alarcón is a researcher at the Museo Nacional de Virreinato. She holds a doctorate with honorable mention in Latin American Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Conference Registration/ Inscripción en la conferencia:

Presenter / ponente: $110 (USD)

Observer / oyente: $60 (USD)