In 18th and 19th centuries, the South of Europe was frequently imagined as a land of passion and violence, bigotry and servility. Southern Europe was an “internal other” in which Western modernity projected its fears and desires. This Otherness was declined specially through gender categories that insisted on the inadequacy of the Mediterranean peoples towards the normative models of the European modernity. This conference will explore how all these categories crossed their ways, and their influence on the nation-building projects and the construction of sexual differences in the Mediterranean countries.
The conference “Southern Passions. Narrating Nation and Gender (18th-19th centuries)” is organized by both research projects “Narrar el gènere i la nació: Espanya, 1843-1898” (GV2019/111) and CIRGEN.
Date: 7 October 2020