International Colloquium on “Sexual Minorities in Late 20th Century Spanish and Latin American Cultures and Literatures”

03. - 06. 07. 2014

With regard to gender concepts, the late 20th century was an era of significant upheaval, especially in the Hispanic world. Along with global emancipation movements associated with 1968, this era saw the emergence of feminist cultural models and the gradual self-definition of gays, lesbians, and transgender people. Dictatorial regimes were overcome (thereby mitigating societal repression) on both sides of the Atlantic. At the same time, discrimination was still a constant and structures shaped by machismo were reinforced, while AIDS had a devastating effect also in Spain and Latin America. Global movements had a dominant impact, on the one hand, while local contexts cultivated their own way of dealing with “sexual minorities,” on the other, which found expression in literature and culture.

Scholars from Madrid, Miami, Melbourne, Mexico City, Berlin, and various other Spanish and Latin American cities explored this intriguing topic at the Humboldt Universität.