Latin American Women Writers and Filmmakers Caring for the Environment (Panel)


Spanish/Portuguese / Comparative Literature

Victoria Jara (University of Western Ontario)

Over the last twenty years there has been a significant increase in the literary production and critical analysis of environmental matters in Latin American literature. Scholars have established the relation between ecocritical and decolonial studies (French, 2005; DeLoughrey, 2005; Taylor Kane, 2010; Barbas-Rhoden; Heffes, 2013) but there is still need for further exploration of the relation between ecocriticism and gender studies in the region. This panel seeks to explore how Latin American women artists narrate the intersectional nature of environmental matters and to what extent art can effect change in attitudes and behaviours. We welcome papers that address questions about matters of care (Puig de la Bellacasa, 2017) in vulnerable and precarious populations (Butler, 2004), indigenous nations (Moreton-Robinson, 2016), girls (Taft, 2011), and non-human animals (DeVries, 2019). Submissions in Spanish, Portuguese, or English are welcome.

This panel seeks to explore how Latin American women artists narrate the intersectional nature of environmental matters. We welcome papers that address questions about matters of care in vulnerable and precarious populations, indigenous nations, girls, and non-human animals.