Hay Festival Arequipa 2021 – Gender

Are you in Arequipa? If you find yourself in the White City, you can see the live broadcasts of all of the events for free, on the big screen, comfortably seated at the Paraninfo de la Universidad Nacional de San Agustín, where you can enjoy the talks from 1 to 7 November.

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Event 4

Gioconda Belli in conversation with Carolina Robino

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua) is a major figure on the international literary scene. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages, and it includes poetry, novels, essays and children’s literature. This prolific writer has received many awards, including the Biblioteca Breve Prize, the Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz Prize, the Mariano Fiallos Gil Prize, the Casa de las Américas Award, the Anna Seghers Prize and the Generación del 27 International Prize. She is a member of the Nicaraguan Academy of the Language and the French Ministry of Culture recognized her as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature. As an activist, Belli was a part of the Sandinista Front, fighting against the Somoza dynasty dictatorship, and she took part in the Sandinista revolution, the subject of her memoire El país bajo mi piel. She is also the author of some very successful novels, including La mujer habitada and Pergamino de la seducción. In 2018 she was awarded the Hermann Kesten Prize, by PEN Germany, for her work in favour of press freedom and human rights. She was also the president of PEN Nicaragua until 2021. In conversation with Carolina Robino.

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Event 14

Gustavo Rodríguez and Nando López in conversation with Jimena Díaz

Imagine: Equalities

UNSA (Sala Mariano Melgar)
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Two male writers talk about works that bring to life female characters. With the writer and communicator Gustavo Rodríguez (Peru), author of over 15 books of short stories, novels and non-fiction. In 2021 he launched the podcast Machista con hijas, in which he talks about his relationship with his three daughters and all the transformations in his thinking, and all the things he has unlearned, because of being a father. His most recent novel, Treinta kilómetros a la medianoche (2022), begins when a man, with his girlfriend at a party in the outskirts of Lima, receives a phone call; it is a friend of his daughter, who says she has suffered an “accident” at a nightclub and is in hospital. Nando López (Spain) is a writer, dramatist and doctor in Hispanic Philology. He is the author of books for adults and adolescents, holds an outstanding place in youth literature in Spanish, with a body of work that includes over 30 titles, including the acclaimed La edad de la ira. His latest book, El río de las primeras veces, is a love story involving two young women, set after a year when it seems as if nothing will ever be the same again. In conversation with Jimena Díaz.

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Event 15

Gioconda Belli and Claudia Piñeiro in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Committed literature: Feminist writing in Spanish

Teatro Fénix - Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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The Metrópolis Azul Prize is given each year to an author from any country who writes in Spanish, English or French, and whose work explores some aspect of the culture or history of the Spanish-speaking world; the award is given in the context of the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, the first multilingual festival in the world, held in Montreal, Canada. Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua) is a hugely successful writer, a poet and activist whose work has been translated into over 20 languages; she won this prize in 2020, and has also received the Casa de las Américas and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz prizes, among others. Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina), the author of around 20 works, including novels, short story collections, children’s literature and plays, has been distinguished with the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize, the 2010 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize and the 2019 Metrópolis Azul. In conversation with Ingrid Bejerman (Brazil/Argentina/Canada), who is in charge of the Spanish and Portuguese programmes of the Blue Metropolis festival and the management of the Premio Azul, about the current production of feminist literature in Spanish, its resonance in other languages and cultures, and the important role that women have as militant writers.

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Event 24

Mark Gevisser and Gabriela Wiener in conversation with Ana Pais

Imagine: Equalities. Identities

Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (Teatro)
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Two writers share their view on a subject that is revolutionary, private and controversial all at once: gender identity. The writer and journalist Mark Gevisser (South Africa) is the author de The Pink Line: The World’s Queer Frontiers (2022), a look at the incredible political, social and cultural transformations that have occurred already during our century with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity; from the achievements of the dissident movements that have resulted in the legalization of marriage between people of the same sex, and gender transitions, to tougher penalties for homosexuality, the two opposing positions have become entrenched. Gabriela Wiener (Peru) is a fiction writer and journalist; this expert on matters related to gender and feminism won the 2018 National Journalism Prize for investigating a case of sexual violence. She has written highly successful books that have tackled the issue of gender, including Sexografías, Nueve lunas and Dicen de mí. They will talk with the editor of the Radio Ambulante podcast, Ana Pais.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Event 32

Adela Muñoz Páez and Claudia Núñez in conversation with Emilia Erbetta

Women of history

Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (Teatro)
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We will talk about historical figures who are essential to an understanding of our region and the world. From pioneers in their fields, to those who were marginalized socially, these people have paradoxically been made invisible, although without these figures, all women, it is impossible to understand our present. With Claudia Núñez (Peru), author of La mariscala, a book that examines the life of the only woman to have been president of Peru; and Adela Muñoz Páez (Spain), who presents her brilliant book Brujas. They will talk with the Radio Ambulante podcast journalist, Emilia Erbetta.

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Event 33

Brigitte Krulic in conversation with Doris Guillén

All about Flora Tristán

UNSA (Paraninfo)
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Rediscovered in the last third of the 20th century, this heroine and martyr of feminism and the working people’s movement, Flora Tristán (1803-1844) was fully dedicated to the defence of these causes up until the end of a short life marked by personal dissidence. Brigitte Krulic shows that she entered into these battles through apostolic preaching, against wind and tide, beating her own path with a view to uniting the working people and keeping alive an ideal of absolute equality between women and men. Krulic (France), who lectures at the University of Paris-Nanterre and is the author of a biography of Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), offers a new biography of Tristán that is particularly precise, empathetic and clear-sighted. She will talk about her book Flora Tristán and its subject with Doris Guillén.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

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Event 39

Adela Muñoz Páez in conversation with Patricia del Río

Witches

UNSA (Sala Mariano Melgar)
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Adela Muñoz Páez (Spain) is one of the most brilliant essayists writing today. A professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Seville University, her other great passion is women scientists. She is the creator of Científicas: Pasado, Presente y Futuro, a series of dramatic representations aimed at school children aged between 8 and 14. As a part of her constant concern for vindicating the role of women in society, Muñoz presents her most recent book, Brujas, an essay that explores the process by which women were made into scapegoats in an extraordinarily misogynous society. Although there were no witches’ Sabbaths or flying on broomsticks, there was suffering and death on bonfires all over early modern Europe. In conversation with the RPP journalist Patricia del Río.

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