Research - Prof. dr. E. Helena Houvenaghel

Exile & Migration and Myth & History Rewriting

Different Partners, Different Approaches

As a transnational research network, Fenix brings into contact partners from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These partners study Female Refugees from different perspectives: Gender Studies, History, Art History and Literature. By bringing these different approaches into contact, Fenix intends to create a context for interdisciplinary research on Female Refugees.

FENIX Network – UU – Utrecht University – Host Institution

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AHNEM – Artistic and Historical Narratives in European Mutations (Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse)

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Bonner Romanistik – Universität Bonn

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Center for the Studies of Hispanic Exile – University of Birmingham

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Centro de Investigaciones Feministas (CIFEM) – Grupo de Investigación Intersecciones – Universidad de Oviedo

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GEXEL – Grupo de Estudios del Exilio Literario

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IEM – The Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies – Universidad de Granada

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InGenArTe – Grupo de Estudios de Género en Industrias Culturales y Artes Escénicas

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Lehrstuhl für Romanische Literaturen und Kulturen – Universität Passau

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LyS – Women and Myth – Université de Lille

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UNIZAR – Departamento de Historia del Arte – Universidad de Zaragoza

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Centro de Investigaciones Feministas (CIFEM) – Grupo de Investigación Intersecciones – Universidad de Oviedo

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UPL – Université Paris Lumières

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FENIX – Universiteit Utrecht (UU) – Host Institution

Institutional website: https://fenix.sites.uu.nl/
Fenix members who are also part of Utrecht University

  • E. Helena Houvenaghel


Ahnem - Artistic and Historical Narratives in European Mutations (AHNEM) – Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse

Artistic and Historical Narratives in European Mutations (AHNEM) – Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse
Fenix members who are also part of AHNEM:

Bonner Romanistik – Universität Bonn

The Bonner Romanistik is founded at the start of the 19th century and is considered the cradle of the Romanistik in Germany. The Bonner Romanistik has a strong research tradition in the combined fields of French, Spanish, Italian, and Latin American Linguistics, Literature, and Culture.

Institutional website: https://www.romanistik.uni-bonn.de/bonner-romanistik


Center for the Studies of Hispanic Exile – University of Birmingham

The Centre for the Study of Hispanic Exile was created in 2007 to provide a focus for the research of staff within Hispanic Studies at the University of Birmingham. It provides a context for collaboration with other groups and centres in research institutions throughout the world.

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Fenix members who are also part of the Center for the Studies of Hispanic Exile:

Centro de Investigaciones Feministas (CIFEM) – Grupo de Investigación Intersecciones – Universidad de Oviedo

CIFEM is a feminist, interdisciplinary space which comprises a variety of faculty members and research groups of the University of Oviedo.

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Intersecciones – Literaturas, Culturas & Teorías Contemporáneas is a research group from the University of Oviedo which aims to explore theoretical and cultural intersections within a European and transnational context, concentrating specifically on Anglophone, Hispanic and Germanic areas. It examines intersections between contemporary cultural theories – e.g. post- and de-colonial theories, (post)diasporas, gender studies, transnationalism, biopolitics, space and urban theories. It then considers how these theories are applied to various geographically localized literatures and cultures, such as those from Australia, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, the USA and the Hispanic world.

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FENIX members who are also part of CIFEM and Intersecciones:


Grupo de estudios del exilio literario (GEXEL)

The Grupo de Estudios del Exilio Literario (GEXEL) is part of the Departament de Filologia Espanyola of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and considers as a priority and urgent task the reconstruction of the historical, cultural and literary memory of the Spanish exile of 1939.

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The Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies (IEM) – Universidad de Granada

The Women’s and Gender Studies Institute is committed to conducting world-class research in the fields of women’s studies, feminism, and gender studies.

The Institute was set-up in 1985 by a group of female teachers and students who became aware of the fundamental importance of incorporating feminist perspectives into academic teaching and research at the UGR. Their mission was to develop a non-androcentric science at the University that would provide the opportunity to tackle gender inequality issues between men and women.

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Fenix members who are also part of The Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies:


Grupo de Estudios de Género en Industrias Culturales y Artes Escénicas (InGenArTe)

The Grupo de Estudios de Género en Industrias Culturales y Artes Escénicas (InGenArTe) intends to analyze the situation of literary and theatrical production, two of the most important areas of Cultural Industries, in relation to two fundamental areas of research:

  1. Analyze the contributions of women in the different processes of creation, production and distribution (texts, montages, management, etc.) to incorporate their texts, stage productions, and creations into the theatrical and artistic canon.
  2. Analyze the models of feminine and masculine identity in narrative and bodily discourses, both of men and women (XX-XXI centuries), showing their importance in the transmission of gender roles.
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Fenix members who are also part of InGenArTe:

Lehrstuhl für Romanische Literaturen und Kulturen (Prof. Dr. Susanne Hartwig) – Universität Passau

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Fenix members who are also part of Universität Passau:


Women and Myth in Hispanic Literature (LyS)

The international research group LYS brings together researchers who chronicle, from a gender perspective, how ancient myths from different traditions are rewritten in Hispanic Literature. In the framework of mythocritics, intertextuality and gender studies, LYS identifies the transformation processes underpinning the retellings of myths in Hispanic Literature. By comparing gendered myth rewritings across different nations, socio-political contexts, and cultures, LYS identifies the new functions that these rewritings attain in modern times.

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Fenix members who are also part of Luz y Sombra (LyS):


Universidad de Zaragoza

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Fenix members who are also part of Universidad de Zaragoza:

Université Paris Lumière (U.Paris Nanterre – U.Paris 8)

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Uppsala Universitet

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As a transnational research network, Fenix brings into contact partners from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These partners study Female Refugees from different perspectives: Gender Studies, History, Art History and Literature. By bringing these different approaches into contact, Fenix intends to create a context for interdisciplinary research on Female Refugees.