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Feminist Challenges in the Social Sciences. Gender Studies in the Basque Country

Edited by Mari Luz Esteban and Mila Amurrio


Itziar Alkorta Idiakez
Jasone Astola
Teresa del Valle
Carmen Díez Mintegui
Maria Ganzabal Learreta
Jone M. Hernández
Elixabete Imaz
Mertxe Larrañaga
Marta Luxán
María Jose Martínez Herrero
Ainhoa Novo
Katixa Agirre began her doctorate at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and completed it at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where she currently teaches classes in Audiovisual Communication and Publicity. She has published articles on the representation of adolescents in film and the Lolita myth in Hollywood. She has also lectured on the relationship between cinema and literature. Simultaneously, she has also developed a literary career writing in Euskara (Basque), and is the author of two books of short stories and three children's books. She is a columnist and film critic for several media in the Basque Country.
Mila Amurrio obtained her doctorate in political science and sociology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She is currently a professor in the Department of Sociology at the UPV/EHU, a member of the Academic Commission, and teaches on the master's degree program in Feminist and Gender Studies. Her publications include Genero, nazio eta nazio hezkuntza: Ikastoletako irakasleria (2003), Mujeres objeto y sujeto de un proceso. La escolarización masiva en euskera (2007), "Las mujeres en el proceso de construcción generizada de la nación vasca," in Cuadernos de Historia Contemporánea 28 (2006), "Emakumeak eta euskal hezkuntza orokortua," in Hezkuntza Euskal Herrian aztergai: Hurbilketa soziologika, edited by Ane Larrinaga and Mila Amurrio(2006); and (with Ane Larrinaga, Elisa Usategui, and Ane Irene del Valle) "Violencia de género en la relaciones de pareja de adolescentes y jóvenes de Bilbao" in Zerbitzuan 47 (2010). Her research projects have included a proposal for selecting and building a system of nonandrocentric equality indicators for the municipality of Bilbao (2009); gender violence in couples' relationships among adolescents and young adults in Bilbao (2008); and women's socio-political participation in the municipal institutional environment of Bilbao (2007)—all three financed by the Office of Equality, Cooperation, and Citizenship in the Bilbao City Hall.
Nerea Aresti is a professor of Contemporary history at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She completed her doctorate at the UPV/EHU and the State University of New York. Aresti has examined topics relating to masculinities, the construction of gender categories, religious and scientific thought, conflicts in male-female relations through criminal cases, sexuality, the conditions of possibility for feminism and the concept of gender for history. Her research work takes place within a discursive history project as a way of exploring processes of identity construction and human action. Her works include Masculinidades en tela de juicio. Hombres y género en el primer tercio del siglo XX (2010), Médicos, donjuanes y mujeres modernas: Los ideales de masculinidad y feminidad en el primer tercio del siglo XX (2001), and Las trabajadoras vizcaínas (1870–1936) (2006). She has also authored a number of articles in prestigious journals, such as "The Gendered Identities of the 'Lieutenant Nun': Rethinking the Story of a Female Warrior in the Early Modern Spain," in Gender & History, and "Shaping the Spanish Modern Man: The Conflict of Masculine Ideals through a Court Case in the 1920s," in Feminist Studies. Similarly, she has contributed chapters to multiple authored works, such as "La categoría de género en la obra de Joan Scott," in Joan W. Scott y las políticas de la historia, edited by Cristina Borderias (2006).
Margaret Bullen is a social anthropologist living in the Basque Country since 1991 and at the University of the Basque Country since 2005. She graduated in Modern Languages (Bristol, UK, 1987), discovering social anthropology during her postgraduate studies at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool (UK) where she completed her PhD under the tuition of Penelope Harvey in 1991. Her doctoral fieldwork took her to Peru to research cultural and social economic change amongst Andean migrants in the shanty towns of Arequipa, and her interests in migration, identity, language and change have remained a constant, strengthened by an increasing gendered perspective since joining the former Seminar of Women's Studies (SEM) under the direction of Teresa del Valle in Donostia-San Sebastián. The change in location from Peru to Euskal Herria has meant not only a shift in the geographical area of study, but also the consolidation of a feminist anthropological approach. In recent years her research has revolved around gender, ritual and change and representative of this work is the co-authored book, Tristes espectáculos: las mujeres y los Alardes de Irun y Hondarribia (2003). She is also the author of Basque Gender Studies (2003) produced in conjunction with her teaching activity in Basque Culture and Gender Studies with the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) in Donostia since 1993. She is currently researching youth and gender values, and gender and violence in the Basque Country, collaborating with the Consultancy of Applied Anthropology, Farapi, of which she is a founding member.
Casilda de Miguel teaches audiovisual language, the history of the cinema, and video creation in the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Publicity at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where she obtained her doctorate. She is a former head of the same department and has also been Vice Dean of Infrastructural Management in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication at the UPV/EHU. Her interests include film studies, gender studies, together with images and audiovisual representation. Her publications include La ciencia ficción, un agujero negro en el cine de géneros (1988), (with José Angel Rebolledo and Flora Marín); Ilusión y realidad: La aventura del cine vasco en los años 80 (1999), (with Elena Olábarri and Leire Ituarte); La identidad de género en la imagen fílmica (2004), (with Begoña Síles, Leire Ituarte, and Elena Olábarri); La identidad de género en la imagen televisiva (2004); "Género, deseo y transgresión en el Cine Vasco," in Ikusgaiak 5 (2001); "Reconstruyendo el matriarcado: la madre en el cine vasco de los 80," in Zer 10 (2001); "El texto como pre-texto: En torno a la adaptación en el cine vasco," in Literatura española y cine, edited by Norberto Mínguez Arranz (2002); and "Estudio de consumo cinematográfico entre los estudiantes de la UPV," in Aedemo 81 (2003).
Arantxa Elizondo is the General Secretary of Emakunde, the Basque Women's Institute. Between 1991 and 2009 she was a professor in the Department of Political Science and Government at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. She was also cofounder and director of the master's program in equality between women and men at the UPV/EHU. She has published several books and articles in both Spanish and international journals. These include Mujeres en Política (1997); La presencia de las mujeres en los partidos políticos de la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco (1999); Participación social y política de las mujeres y los hombres en Euskadi (2005); La presencia de mujeres y hombres en los ámbitos de toma de decisión en Euskadi (2009); "Ley Vasca para la igualdad de mujeres y hombres," in Mujeres, instituciones y política, edited by Marta Lois and Isabel Diz (2007); "Las mujeres en las instituciones políticas," in Mujeres, Política y Medios de Comunicación, edited by Antonio Gómez Aguilar (2008); "La presencia de mujeres y hombres en las universidades españolas," in Aequalitas: Revista Jurídica de igualdad de oportunidades entre mujeres y hombres 21 (2007); and "Women in Political Science: Figures for Spanish Universities," European Political Science 8, no. 2 (2009).
Mari Luz Esteban has a bachelor's degree in medicine (1983) from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and a doctorate in anthropology (1993) from the University of Barcelona. She was a family planning doctor from 1984 to 1996. Since 1994 she has taught classes in social anthropology in the UPV/EHU, where she is currently head of the Department of the Philosophy of Values and Social Anthropology and director of the master's degree program in Feminist and Gender Studies. A specialist in feminist anthropology and the anthropology of medicine, her research interests have addressed gender, the body, and emotions (love). Her books include Re-producción del cuerpo femenino. Discursos y prácticas acerca de la salud (2001); Antropología del cuerpo: Género, itinerarios corporales, identidad y cambio (2004); and (as coeditor with Josep M. Comelles and Carmen Díez Mintegui), Antropología, género, salud y atención (2009). Among her articles are: "Embodied Anthropology: Anthropology from Oneself," in AM-Revista della Società Italiana di Antropologia Medica (2001), available in Spanish through the Collective Identity Research Centre; "Antropología encarnada, antropología desde una misma," Papeles del CEIC 12 (2004); "El estudio de la Salud y el Género: las Ventajas de un Enfoque Antropológico y Feminista," in Salud Colectiva (2006); and "Identidades de género, feminismo, sexualidad y amor: los cuerpos como agentes," in Política y Sociedad (2009).
Leire Ituarte obtained a doctorate in audiovisual communication (specializing in feminist film theory) in 2003 from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where she is currently employed as a member of the teaching staff and as a researcher. Her publications include (with Casilda de Miguel and Elena Olabarri), La identidad de género en la imagen fílmica (2004); (with Casilda de Miguel, Elena Olabarri, and Begoña Siles), La identidad de género en la imagen televisiva (2004); El imaginario posmoderno de la feminidad en la filmografía de Juanma Bajo Ulloa y Julio Medem (2007); "El enigma de la feminidad en El espíritu de la Colmena: Arqueología de una melancolía de género," Ikusgaiak 6 (2003); and "Breve inventario del imaginario posmoderno en El día de la Bestia: Proyecciones utópicas de una distopía urbana," Ikusgaiak 7 (2005). Since 2006, she has shared her research and teaching with an interest in contemporary dance, producing and distributing her own performances. Delicias de la Civilización (2006), in which she pays satirical homage to Freud from a feminist perspective, won third prize at the international contemporary dance competition Masdanza11. Azul en tres Actos (2008), is a postmodern tribute to the melancholy that explores the mechanisms of those who use subjective memory to rescue something "lost" in time. Look at me, Bang Bang (2009) proposes an ironic take on the performativity of the female body and the male gaze that explores the subliminal imaginary of images and stereotypes of women and femininity in mass culture. @leph is her latest work. Visit her web site.
Ane Larrinaga Renteria has degrees in sociology and political science (Universidad Complutense, Madrid) and Information Sciences (University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU), and a Ph.D. in sociology and political science from the UPV/EHU. She currently teaches in the Department of Sociology at the UPV/EHU. She has taught on the master's degree programs Feminist and Gender Studies, Communication in Basque and Minority Languages, and Basque Nationalism in the Twenty-First Century, and on the postgraduate Transmission of Basque Culture program at Mondragon University. Her research projects have included a proposal for selecting and building a system of nonandrocentric equality indicators for the municipality of Bilbao (2009); gender violence in couples' relationships among adolescents and young adults in Bilbao (2008); and women's socio-political participation in the municipal institutional environment of Bilbao (2007)—all three financed by the Office of Equality, Cooperation, and Citizenship in the Bilbao City Hall. Her most recent publications include (with Mila Amurrio, Elisa Usategui, and Ane Irene del Valle) "Violencia de género en la relaciones de pareja de adolescentes y jóvenes de Bilbao," in Zerbitzuan 47 (2010); "Bigarren hezkuntzako eta hezkuntza unibertsitarioko neska-mutil gazteen eta nerabeen genero-estereotipoak: begirada bat eskolari eta bestelako sozializazio-guneei," in Tantak 23 (2010); and "Masculinidad y feminidad en el discurso de los y las jóvenes y adolescents," in XIV Conferencia de Sociología de la Educación (in press, 2010).
Miren Llona obtained her doctorate in History at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), and was awarded the twelfth Victoria Kent Research prize by the University of Málaga. She is a founder and director of AHOA, the Archive of Oral History, and vice president of the International Oral History Association (IOHA). Currently, she teaches contemporary history at the UPV/EHU. She is the author of Entre señorita y garçonne: Historia oral de las mujeres bilbainas de clase media, 1919–1939 (2002), and has published articles in different journals, including: "La Prostitución y la clase obrera en el tránsito del siglo XIX al XX. Un análisis de género a la obra literaria de Julián Zugazagoitia," Historia Contemporánea 33, (2006); "Los otros cuerpos disciplinados. Relaciones de género y estrategias de autocontrol del cuerpo femenino, (primer tercio del siglo XX)," Arenal 14, no. 1; "Sobrevivir a la mina. Mujeres pobreza y cambio social," Historia, Antropología y Fuentes Orales 34, (2005); and "Género e identidad de clase. La construcción de la clase obrera vizcaína durante el primer tercio del siglo XX," Historia Social 54, (2006). She is a member of the research group "La construcción histórica de la identidad y de la diferencia en el País Vasco: género, clase y nacionalidad (1876–1976)," led by José Javier Diaz Freire, supported by the General Secretariat for Scientific and Technological Research.
Flora Marín is a professor in the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Publicity at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She has worked on research projects such as "Ten Years of Digital Newspapers in Spain: Consolidation of Content, Design, Publicity, and Specific Commercial Strategies" and "The Mythification of Wine through Journalist Critique: Consumer Critique as a New Journalistic Sub-genre." In recent years she has focused her interests on the construction of women through the media, participating in the project: "The Female Perspective in Spanish Women's and Men's Magazines." She currently forms part of a team researching content and discursive strategies in the media. She is the author of (with José Ignacio Armentia and José María Caminos) La crítica enológica en la prensa española (2006); (with José Ignacio Armentia, José María Caminos, and Aintzane Alberdi) La construcción del mito a través de la prensa: El caso Bin Laden (2004); (with Aintzane Alberdi, José Ignacio Armentia, and José María Caminos) El diario de servicios en España: Aparición, consolidación y perspectivas futuras de un nuevo modelo de diario (2002); and (with José Ignacio Armentia, José María Caminos, Jon Elexgaray, and Iker Merchán) El diario digital: Análisis de los contenidos textuales, aspectos formales y publicitarios (2000). Her most recent articles include "La Publicidad en las revistas masculinas y femeninas: Reflejo de los estereotipos de género," in Doxa Comunicación (2010); and "Claves de la construcción de género en las revistas femeninas y masculinas: Análisis cuantitativo," in Estudios del Mensaje Periodístico (2010).
Idoye Zabala has a PhD in applied economics. She teaches in the Department of Applied Economics I at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and is a member of Hegoa (the Institute for the Study of Development and International Cooperation) at the same university. She teaches on several graduate courses at different Spanish universities and her publications include: La perspectiva de género en los análisis y en las políticas del Banco Mundial: Su evolución y sus límites (2005) and "Estrategias alternativas en los debates sobre género y desarrollo," Revista de Economía Crítica 9 (2010). Her most important research projects have included: Her participation as an expert for the Spanish presidency of the European Union on the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) at the 46th Session of the UN General Assembly in 2002; "The Evaluation of Decentralized Development Cooperation: The Elaboration of a Methodology Based on a Case Study of the Basque Country (1988–2008)," the Hegoa Institute, UPV/EHU; "An Evaluation and Comparative Analysis of Designing Cooperation Policies in the Spanish Autonomous Communities: The Application of the Criteria of Relevance and Consistency," Department of Applied Economics and the Hegoa Institute; and her role as chief researcher for the UPV/EHU research team on the "Proposal to Select and Construct a System of Non-Androcentric Equality Indicators for the City of Bilbao."