Archaeological Heritage and Feminist Archaeology

Dorothy Garrod

September 23rd

10.30 – 14:00

The role of women in archaeological heritage management and the discipline of Archaeology can be approached from three perspectives: from the aspect of their current presence-presence of women leading projects, coordinating groups or managing administrations, work harassment, etc.-; from the perspective of theoretical approaches and hypotheses designed to seek, find and highlight the role of women in the past; and finally, from the discourses that are elaborated –through words and with images-to interpret or present that past. Professor Querol have analysed all these issues for the last 20 years; yet, there is still much to do. In this context, the questions to be made and answers to be given will have to do, again, with future: with what new generations will think about based on the attempts-and failures, of course- made by their forerunners.

Speakers

Almudena Hernando

Almudena Hernando

Professor in the Department of Prehistory at the UCM.

Almudena Hernando is Professor in the Department of Prehistory at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a member of its Institute of Feminist Research. She has dedicated her research to the study of identity, both in oral societies and in the modernity of the western world, with a special interest in women. She has done fieldwork with indigenous groups in Guatemala and Brazil, and is currently completing a project in Ethiopia. She has been a visiting researcher at the universities of California-Los Angeles and Berkeley, at the University of Chicago and at Harvard. And she is the author of several books, including “Archaeology of Identity” and “The Fantasy of Individuality”.

Assumpció Vila Mitjà

Assumpció Vila Mitjà

Research Professor. C.S.I.C. (retired)

Dra. Assumpció Vila Mitjà is an archaeologist, Research Professor. C.S.I.C. (retired) Her lines of research include Theory and Method in Archaeology, Hunter-Gatherer Societies, Prehistory, Ethnoarchaeology and Archaeology of Relationships. She is the founder of the Archeology Laboratory at the Milà i Fontanals Institution (IMF-CSIC) in Barcelona and former director of the Dpt. of Archaeology and Anthropology IMF-CSIC, Barcelona. She is the initiator and former director of  Treballs d’Etnoarqueologia, edited by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). In relation to the theme of the conference table, she is a member of the “Association of Women Researchers and Technologists” (AMIT), former Vice-President of AMIT-CAT (AMIT node in Catalonia), member of GENET (Transverse Network for Gender Studies in human, social and legal sciences), and member (for the last 10 years) of the “Dona i ciència” Commission of CIRIT (Generalitat de Catalunya).
 
She has been responsible for the subproject in PIF (Border Intramural Projects) Mechanisms of self-organization and social control that generate social norms. (PIFCOO_08_00017) (2008-10) and researcher in the R&D project Ethnoarchaeological analysis of reproduction in hunting-gatherer societies (HAR2011-24356). She has also organized the Interdisciplinary Discussion Seminar: “Reproduction has a history: Approaches to the origin of the regulation of reproduction” (2014). Residència d’Investigadors CSIC-Generalitat de Catalunya. Barcelona
 
Among her multiple publications, some are particularly highlighted: “Ethnoarchaeology of Prehistory: Beyond Analogy” (2006) Treballs d’Etnoarqueologia, 6; “Feminist Archaeology: Research and Politics” (2011) Manuela PEREZ, Assumpció VILA, Trinidad ESCORIZA-MATEU (coords.) Monograph of the Atlantic Mediterranean Magazine of Prehistory and Social Archeology, vol 13 .; “Silent violence: structural violence in the social management of reproduction” (2013) Cuadernos de Prehistoria y Arqueología, 23. “Beyond war. Archaeological Approaches to Violence. ”Albert García-Piquer and Assumpció Vila-Mitjà (eds) (2016) Cambridge Scholars Publishing; “Reproduction in Prehistory” (2017) (Assumpció Vila Mitjà) (coord.) Ed Catarata and Ed. CSIC and “Venus and hunters. Sex and division of labor ”(2018) Cuadernos Atapuerca, 7.

Francisca Hornos

Francisca Hornos

Director of the Museum of Jaén

Francisca Hornos Mata is archaeologist and director of the Museum of Jaén. She has worked in Cultural Management since 1984 in the Department of Protection in the Service of Cultural Resources and in The Alhambra and Generalife Trust, as its Head of the Service of Investigation and Dissemination.
 
She is a researcher associated with the University Institute of Iberian Archaeology  of the University of Jaén. Her published works focus on two main topics: archaeological Heritage and its management in Andalusia and how women are represented in cultural institutions.
 
She has been part of different Consultative Commissions at regional and provincial level: Commission of the Heritage of Jaén, Andalusian Commission of Museums and Technical Commission on the Monumental Ensemble of the Alcazaba of Almería. She has also been the president of the Andalusian Commission of Archaeology.

Margarita Sánchez Romero

Margarita Sánchez Romero

Professor in the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Granada

Margarita Sánchez Romero is Professor in the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Granada and a member of the University Research Institute for the Study of Women and Gender. Her lines of research include the Archaeology of Women and gender relations and the Archaeology of Childhood in the societies of Recent Prehistory of the South of the Iberian Peninsula. She is President of the Spanish Association for Research in Women’s History (AEIHM) and member of the Technical Commission of the Dolmens of Antequera Archaeological Ensemble.
In 2006 she received the Award for the career of young researchers from the Social Council of the Universidad de Granada. In 2019, the “Carmen de Burgos” Award for feminist outreach from the Universidad de Malaga. She received the award “Granada. City of Science and Innovation 2019” in the category “Women in science”.
She is Director of the Institute of Studies of Women and Gender of the Universidad de Granada between 2008 and 2010. Between 2010 and 2012, she was General Director of Cultural Resources in the Ministry of Culture of the Regional Government of Andalusia. She has also been Coordinator of the Degree in Archaeology of the Universidad de Granada. She is currently vice-chancellor of Equality, Inclusion and Sustainability of the Universidad de Granada.

María de los Ángeles Querol

Full Professor of Prehistory at the UCM.

Mª Ángeles Querol Fernández (Badajoz, 1948) is Full Professor of Prehistory at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) since 1986.
After finishing her PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, she got into the Museum Curators Corps of the Spanish State. Professor Querol has been visiting researcher in the University of Burdeos (France), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and the Museum of Belem (Portugal). Afterwards, she started her career as lecturer in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where she has taught for the last 45 years. Professor Querol has diversified her teaching and research between three areas: human origins, cultural heritage management-particularly archaeological heritage- and feminist archaeology.

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Lourdes López

Lourdes López

Archaeologist

Lourdes López Martínez is an archaeologist with a degree in History from the UCM (2002). She is vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Section of Archeology of the College of Doctors and Graduates in Philosophy of Madrid. Within this college she has organize the group of Feminist Archaeologists. She is the director of the company Lure Arqueología (2007) whereby se has directed numerous archaeological projects throughout Spain. Shee is a specialist in Topographic Survey. She has participated in numerous courses, seminars and conferences on archaeological work. Among other works, she has participated in elaborating the Report on Sexual Harassment in Archaeology (Spain) that was presented at the conference of the European Association of Archaeologists (Barcelona, ​​2017).

Lourdes Prados

Lourdes Prados

Professor of Archaeology at the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology of the UAM

Lourdes Prados Torreira is Professor of Archaeology at the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is a member of the IUEM (University Institute for Women’s Studies), of the European network Archaeology and Gender in Europe (AGE) , since its foundation and of the network of research groups Pastwomen.

Her lines of research have focused on the theoretical and methodological application of Gender and Feminist Archaeology in studies on the Protohistory of Iberia, and its application in archaeological museums. She has been the leader researcher of three national R&D projects, the results of which have led to various national and international publications in this field. She has also directed and participated as a researcher in, three collaboration projects on Archaeological Heritage  UAM-INAH of Mexico. She has also carried out research stays at different Spanish, Mexican and American universities. She has been invited to give lectures and to collaborate as a teacher in different master’s degrees related to studies of feminist archaeology in various Spanish, European and Mexican universities and museums.

Since 2018, she has participated in the Excavation Campaigns in the island of Guam (Mariana Islands), which are carried out by the Spanish team ABERIGUA.

Marie Louise Stig Sørensen

Marie Louise Stig Sørensen

Full Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge University

Marie Louise Stig Sørensen is Full Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge University. Her fields of study include material culture, archaeological theory, heritage management and cultural heritage. The underlying thematic link between all her research interests is the connection between identity and material culture. This theme is explored through archaeological case studies, through heritage studies and through gender studies. Professor Sørensen has led -and participated in- many research projects, including the recent EC-funded CRIC project (Cultural Heritage and the Re-construction of Identities after Conflict). She created, and has been the coordinator of, the University of Cambridge’s Postgraduate degree in ‘Archaeological Heritage and Museums’, one of the earliest degree courses in this field. Among her many publications, several of them are key publications in the field of gender archaeology:  “Gender, Material Culture and Identity in the Viking Age Diaspora” (2009) Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, 5, 245-261; Sørensen M.L.S. (2000) Gender Archaeology. Cambridge: Polity Press; and Diaz-Andreu M. and Sørensen M.L.S. (1998) Excavating Women: A History of Women in European Archaeology. London: Routledge.
 
Professor Sørensen was awarded the 16th European Archaeology Heritage Prize in 2014 and was also elected a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters in 2019.