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February 14 , 2007
DH 07 JH21
Contact: Joanie Harmon-Whetmore
Professor to Host Scholars’ Conference on Spanish Postfeminism
Carson, CA - Benito Gómez, assistant professor of Spanish literature, will present “Spanish Postfeminism?”
on Thursday, Feb. 15, bringing together national experts in the field of Spanish literature to
the CSU Dominguez Hills campus for the purpose of questioning of the existence of postfeminism
in today’s Spain.
“In order to recognize postfeminism, you need to have well-developed feminism first, and these
scholars are skeptical about that,” says Gómez. “This is a debate to see where the Spanish are
right now with the current state of feminism.”
Despite the popular image of Spain as a patriarchal society, Gómez states that “Spain is changing
very rapidly. More women than men are graduating from universities right now, like in the United
States. The new government, especially the Socialist party, is passing many laws to protect women
against abuse. The first vice president (there are two) and more than half of the Cabinet’s ministers
Clare Weber, assistant professor of sociology and program coordinator of Women’s Studies, Andrea White,
professor of English, and Helen Oesterheld, assistant professor of English, will moderate the conference.
Miguel Domínguez, chair, Foreign Languages, and Garry Hart, acting dean, College of Liberal Arts, will
welcome Roberta Johnson, University of Kansas; Lisa Vollendorf, CSU Long Beach; Pilar Valero-Costa, CSU
Fullerton; Jill Robbins, UC Irvine; Maite Zubiaurre, UCLA; Luis Martín Cabrera, UC San Diego; Eduardo
Barros-Grela, CSU Northridge; Silvia Bermúdez, UC Santa Barbara; and Kathleen Glenn, Wake Forest University,
North Carolina. Refreshments and guitar music by CSUDH music student Hugo Aguayo will end the conference.
According to Gómez, the discussion was sparked by a visit to Dominguez Hills last October, by renowned
Spanish feminist writer Lucia Extebarria, and her presentation on “Fetishism and Feminism,” which was
attended by national and international scholars of Spanish literature. Bucknell University Press and
the University of Delaware have both expressed interest in publishing the writings to be presented at“Spanish Postfeminism?,” including titles such as “Cyberfeminism and Net.art: The Hispanic Screen”
by Zubiaurre, “On the difficult dialogue between Marxism and Feminism in Spain: From Lidia Falcón to
Belén Gopegui” by Cabrera, and “The New Spain: An Emerging Feminist State?” by Valero-Costa. Gómez,
who is on the board of the Association of Southern California Peninsularists (professors of Spanish
literature), will edit the volume.
“Events like these are great networking opportunities for students,” says Gómez, “especially those who
want to go to graduate school. This is a chance for them to see what they need to aim at. Also, it’s very
important for them to mingle with these professors, many of whom lot of them are directors of graduate
studies at UCLA, UC Irvine, or UC Santa Barbara. We are hoping that by hosting conferences like this,
Dominguez Hills is well-recognized as a place where our students are well-prepared for research institutions.”
“Spanish Postfeminism?” will take place in LaCorte Hall, Room A-103, from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The conference
will be conducted in English. Admission is free and open to the public.
CSU Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 E. Victoria St., off Avalon Boulevard between the 91 and 405 freeways.
Visitor parking permits may be purchased for $3 at the yellow dispensing machines at the front of each parking lot.
LaCorte Hall is located on the west side of campus facing the Home Depot Center, across from parking lots 3 and 6.
For more information, contact Gómez at (310) 243-2567.
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