Presentation Title

Gender and Dehumanization in the Spanish Civil War

Presentation Type

Poster

School

School of Arts and Humanities

Discipline

Women’s and Gender Studies

Mentor

Lisa DiGiovanni

Date & Time

April 9th at 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Location

L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room

Abstract

In times of war, enemies are constructed through a process of dehumanization. This process takes on a myriad of different forms which then permeate societies to create an unnatural “other”. Oftentimes, these “others” are created using gendered language and depictions. This creation of gendered sides becomes crucial in times of civil war, wherein the assembling of an enemy from fellow citizens is necessary. In this work, I seek to find the ways in which gender was used to dehumanize the enemy during the Spanish Civil War. How does dehumanizing rhetoric exploit gendered thinking? What are some examples of gendered thinking from the time, and how did this inform the ideology of each side? Through analyzing propaganda posters from both the Nationalist and Republican sides of the war, I seek to deepen the understanding of how gender was used to create a sub-human enemy.

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Apr 9th, 4:15 PM

Gender and Dehumanization in the Spanish Civil War

L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room

In times of war, enemies are constructed through a process of dehumanization. This process takes on a myriad of different forms which then permeate societies to create an unnatural “other”. Oftentimes, these “others” are created using gendered language and depictions. This creation of gendered sides becomes crucial in times of civil war, wherein the assembling of an enemy from fellow citizens is necessary. In this work, I seek to find the ways in which gender was used to dehumanize the enemy during the Spanish Civil War. How does dehumanizing rhetoric exploit gendered thinking? What are some examples of gendered thinking from the time, and how did this inform the ideology of each side? Through analyzing propaganda posters from both the Nationalist and Republican sides of the war, I seek to deepen the understanding of how gender was used to create a sub-human enemy.