l International Congress "The cinematographic stardom in Spain": Actresses under Francoism

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May 25, 2021 to May 27, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Communication
l International Congress "The cinematographic stardom in Spain": Actresses under Francoism

ONLINE EDITION May 25 - 27th 2021


Call for Papers

The I International Congress "The cinematographic stardom in Spain": Actresses under Francoism intends to open a way of thinking upon the cinematographic star-system in Spain, and, particularly, upon the actresses' role during Franco's dictatorship. This initiative is part of the research project REPRESENTATIONS OF FEMALE DESIRE IN SPANISH CINEMA DURING FRANCOISM: THE GESTURAL EVOLUTION OF THE ACTRESS UNDER CENSORSHIP (Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, REF: CSO2017-83083-P). 

To this extent, the aim is to gather specialists in Spanish cinema history and the Star Studies methodologies to think about the role of the female stars during Francoism concerning the behaviours that the regime had established for women. We are interested in the normative models, as much as possible contradictions, transgressions, and alternatives inside the industry itself generated by the actresses on and off the screen. Moreover, we are interested, mainly, in the possible elements of creative subjectivity that actresses played in the configuration of their roles as stars and constructing the characters they played.

Paper Submission Guidelines

There will be accepted, after being evaluated and selected, the proposals which address some of the following research lines, always within the framework of Spanish cinema during Franco's dictatorship and the actresses as an object of study:

1. Building of the cinematographic star in Spain. Industrial and advertising strategies in the consolidation of female stars.

2. Creative subjectivity of the actress in her Star Image or Screen Image.

3. Comparatives between stardom in Francoist Spain and other models of international star system.

4. Comparatives between stardom in Francoist Spain and other periods of Spanish cinema history.

5. From the theatre scene to the cinematographic screen.

6. Actresses and models.

7. Voice, body and gesture as a statement of the interpretative personality.

8. Actresses and censorship.

9.  Actresses against the regime.

10. The actress as a channel of female desire.

11. Actresses and female archetypes.

12. Actresses and gallants: the role of female stars in the consolidation of recurring couples.

13. Female star's reception.

14. Foreign female stars in Francoist cinema.

15. Interpretive schools and cinematographic stardom.

16. Supporting actresses.


The abstract should be no longer than 300 words (minimum 150). Please include a short biography and follow the application rules. Make your submission here.


Deadline for abstracts: March 27, 2021




Invited Speakers

Vicente Benet - Professor of Audiovisual Communication. Universitat Jaume I, Castellón de la Plana.

José Luis Castro de Paz - Professor of Audiovisual Communication. Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. 

Marta García Carrión - Permanent Lecturer of University. Universitat de València

Jo Labanyi - Professor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures. University of New York. 

Imma Merino - Associate Professor. Universitat de Girona.

Angel Quintana - Professor of History and Film Theory. Universitat de Girona. 

Kathleen Vernon - Associate Professor. Stony Brook University, New York.



Applicants are invited to submit their communications for publishing to the Congress before September 1, 2021.



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Contact Info: 

Daniel Pérez Pamies (member of the organising committee)