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Centre for Feminism Studies „Feministica Lettica”
Last Update
21.10.2014

Feministica Lettica, founded in 1999, is the centre for interdiscplinary studies, with the focus on the gender studies and feminism. The goal of the centre is to study, analyze and interpret the Latvian language and literature from the point of view of contemporary theories on feminist literature and culture. The special attention is paid to the aspects of gender identity as the part of the ethnic and cultural identity. The centre aims at promoting the formation of the tolerant, educated and gender-aware society in Latvia. The Centre is funded under the grant system of the Latvian Council of Science.

The work of the centre Feministica Lettica includes the following:

  • Organisation of interdisciplinary research conferences/workshops;
  • Participation in development, co-ordination and implementation of research projects in Latvia and worldwide;
  • Edition of an interdisciplinary research almanac Feministica Lettica (since 1999);
  • Development of special courses (funded under international research projects) within study programmes in Latvianian Baltic studies and other humanitarian discliplines.

The Centre participated in the following research projects in Latvia and worldwide:

The projects financed by the Latvian Council of Science:

  • “Contraversies in Latvian Feminism: Culture and Power Games” (2013-2016)
  • “Gender, Writing and Creativity: Finding a Female tradition” (2009-2012)
  • “Culture and Power: Interactions in the Latvian Language, Literature and Folklore” (2005-2008), under the state research programme “Letonika”
  • “Women in Modern Latvian Literature and the Humanities” (2004-2008);
  • “Latvian Literature and Modern Literary Theory: Feministic Discourse” (1999-2003)

The projects financed by European Commission

  • “The Other Half of the Moon: The Role of Women in the EU Integration” to the EC’s LLL Program (The Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence of the University of Rome, from 2012)
  • The 6th Framework Network of Excellence CLIOHRESnet “Creating Links and Overviews for a New Research Agenda for a Growing Europe and its History” (University of Pisa, 2005-2009)
  • The 5th Framework “Gender and Science” Programme project “Enlargement, Gender and Governance: The Civic and Political Participation of Women in EU Candidate Countries” (University of Belfast 2003-2006).

The following PhD theses were worked out in cooperation with the Centre Feministica Lettica

Defended:

  • “The “Question of Woman” and Image of Women in Latvian Prose Writing (1870-2020)” (Linda Kusiņa, 2013)
  • “War, Exile and Deportation Experience in the Narratives of Latvian Female Authors at the Turn of 20th and 21st centuries: Context, Theory and Practice” (Eva Birzniece, 2013)
  • “Female Suicide in Contemporary Latvian Prose” (Ilze Sperga, 2007)
  • Cultural Contacts between Soviet and Exile Latvian Authors during the Iron Curtain Years” (Eva Eglāja- Kristsone, 2007)

PhD theses in progress:

  • “Women in Latvian Prose in the Aspect of Ginocriticism (1960-2010)” (Zita Kārkla)
  • “Translation and Formation of Latvian and European Identity: The Aspect of Creative Industries” (Jānis Oga)

Editions published in cooperation with Feministica Lettica:

  • Cimdiņa, A. (ed) (2008) 100 Latvijas sievietes kultūrā un politikā [One Hundred Latvian Women in Culture and Politics]. Riga: Univerity of Latvia Publishers, p.501
  • Cimdiņa, A. (2006) En Nombre de la Libertad. Biografia de Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Presidenta de Letonina. Riga: Jumava Publishers, p.251
  • Cimdiņa. A. (2003) In the Name of Freedom. A Biography of Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga. Rīga: Jumava, 251 lpp.
  • Cimdiņa, A. (sast. un zin. red.) (1997) Feminisms un literatūra. Rīga: LU Latviešu literatūras katedra.
  • Cimdiņa A. (ed.) (1998) Feminism and Latvian Literature. Rīga: Feministica Lettica.
  • Cimdiņa A. (sast. un galv. red.) (2003) Feministica Lettica. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte.
  • Cimdiņa A. (sast. un galv. red.) (1999) Feministica Lettica. Rīga: Zinātne.
  • Dzimums, literārā konvencija un jaunrade. Starptautiskā zinātniskā konference. Rīga, Latvijas Universitāte, 29.IX-01.X, 2011/ Gender, Literary Convention, Creativity. International conference, Rīga, University of Latvia, 29.IX-01.X, 2011. Tēzes/Abstracts. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte.