The University of Valencia brings together, in a conference, specialists in the history of gender, literature and translation during the Enlightenment

  • Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit
  • February 22nd, 2022

The Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Valencia will host, from Wednesday February 23 to Friday 25, an international online and on site conference with ten sessions and more than 40 experts to discuss the relationship between gender and modernity. The event is part of the activities of the European project CIRGEN (Circulating Gender in the Global Enlightenment: Ideas, Network, Agencies), endowed with a 2.5 million euro Advanced Grant.

CIRGEN is the first humanities and social sciences project to obtain this funding from the European Research Council (ERC) in the Valencian Community. Studying the evolution of gender identities in Europe and America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is one of their main goals, for which they examine social, literary, political and cultural transformations from an individual and collective level.

The scientific meeting, Gender, modernities and the Global Enlightenment, will be attended by specialists in intellectual and cultural history, history of science, history of women and gender, literature and translation studies. The main objective of the meeting is to analyse the relationship between gender and modernity, and expose their plurality and evolution to contemporary societies, especially in southern Europe and Hispanic territories.

Among the speakers who will attend the event in person are Silvia Sebastiani, Clorinda Donato and Isabel Burdiel. Sebastiani is a professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and co-author (with Jean-Fredéric Schaub) of the book Race et historie dans les sociétés occidentales on the history of race between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries.

Donato, a specialist in eighteenth-century Italian literature and culture and a professor at the California State University, is the author of The Life and Legend of Catterina Vizzani, a work analysing the life and legend of a transgender woman of that time. On her part, Burdiel is an expert in cultural and political history, professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Valencia and winner of the National History Prize with her biography on Isabella II of Spain. In addition, she curated the exhibition commemorating the centennial of Emilia Pardo Bazán and is the author of her most recent biography.

Anthony J. LaVopa, professor emeritus at the North Carolina State University and specialist in intellectual history of the Enlightenment, will speak online. Also Mirella Agorni, expert in the history and theory of translation. LaVopa and Sebastiani will make up the round table on the second day of conferences, at 3:30 p.m., on Gender and Enlightenment.

Other speakers will include Jenny Mander, a professor at the University of Cambridge where she directs the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, dedicated to the study of global mobility; and Juan Pimentel, researcher at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), author of the book Fantasmas de la ciencia española and of various dissemination works on the history of science.

During the conference, the role of women as cultural mediators through travel and translation, the circulation of gender models, religious sensibilities, the construction of the senses, the different ways of loving and the reinterpretations of the Enlightenment during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries will be discussed.


Programme of the conference activities here.