Women in the Republican exile of 1939

International Congress
  • This congress aims to give specific attention to the diverse profiles of women in exile, from the elite of women leaders and professionals to those completely unknown and silenced;
  • Likewise, it will discuss the places and spaces destined for the Republicans in exile, such as concentration camps, special maternity homes or shelters, where they shared time and hardships with a childhood also destined to banishment.

Eighty years have passed since the exodus of defeated Spain, initially towards the French border, and very soon towards other European, African and American destinations. In addition to the soldiers of the Republican army and the institutions, a huge contingent of little-visible civilian population emerged, among which were many women. Some had held public office or had a profession, such as health, teachers, politics, journalists, writers or scientists. However, the vast majority were made up of simple women, without public notoriety, engaged in tasks of daily life. All of them were threatened with their lives and were equally forced to leave their homes and towns towards uncertain paths.

Academic management and coordination:

Ángeles Egido León (UNED)
Matilde Eiroa San Francisco (UC3M)
Encarnación Lemus López (UHU)

Artistic management:

Marifé Santiago Bolaños (filósofa y escritora, URJC-IUDAA).


Luiza Iordache Cârstea (UNED)
Rocío Negrete Peña (UNED).


Ministerio de Justicia (Dirección General de Memoria Histórica)
Comisión Interministerial para la Conmemoración del 80º aniversario del exilio republicano español
Instituto Cervantes

In collaboration with:

AEMIC-Asociación para el estudio de los Exilios y las Migraciones Ibéricas Contemporáneas; Centro de Estudios de Género (UNED); Círculo de Bellas Artes; EUROM-European Observatory on Memories – Fundació Solidaritat UB; Instituto de Estudios de Género de la UC3M, Fundación UNED.


October 16-18, 2019


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