Research - Prof. dr. E. Helena Houvenaghel

Exile & Migration and Myth & History Rewriting

Publications – FENIX

The First Fenix-Congress (2018), Spanish Exile and Italian Immigration in Argentina (1930-1976): Gender, Politics, and Culture reflects on women refugees’ and migrants’ experiences in Argentina. This first Fenix congress aims at gendering the image of Spanish exile and Italian migration in Argentina. The results of this first congress are published as a series of 4 Special Issues in the Journal Romance Studies (2020-2021, 38.2, 38.3, 38.4 and 39.1).

The second Fenix- congres (2019) highlights the experiences of Spanish women refugees during transit in France in the 1930s and 40s. The reflection revolves around the concepts of ‘Agency’ and ‘Transnationalism’. The results of this encounter are published in the Special Issue Spanish refugee women in Transit in France (1936-1945) in Impossibilia. Revista Internacional de Estudios Literarios (N° 20, 2020).

The third Fenix-encounter (2020) is composed of a series of three seminars which give a central place to the transgression of the established norms in writings by second generation women exiles. As a case study, this encounter focuses on second generation exile Angelina Muñiz Huberman. The results of this series of seminars are published in the Special Issue Angelina Muñiz Huberman: A nonconformist voice, in the Journal INTI Revista de Literatura Hispánica y Transatlántica, N° 93-94, Spring-Autumn 2021)

The fourth Fenix-encounter (2021), Women’s Networking and Routes: the Spanish Exile in Argentina (1936-1975)/Redes y Rutas femeninas del exilio español en Argentina (1936-1975), puts the spotlight on the networking strategies elaborated by Spanish women exiles in Argentina. The participating Fenix-members analyze the cross-border contacts, networks, and routes developed by the first generation of Spanish women exiles in Argentina. The results of this fourth Fenix-encounter are published in the journal Anales de Literatura Hispanoamericana (2022).

The fifth Fenix-encounter (2021), Teresa of Avila: Exploring the diverse paths of a polysemic model of femininity (1936-1986)/ Teresa de Avila: Rutas de un modelo polisémico de feminidad (1936-1986), explores the varied influences exerted by Teresa of Avila, during the Franco period and the transition, on Spanish women artists and intellectuals, both in Spain and in exile. The participating Fenix-members study Teresa de Avila’s ambivalent impact on female Spanish artists and thus contribute to the historicization of her significance as a spiritual guide for women. The outcome of this encounter is published in the Hispanic Research Journal (2022).