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Activities 2007/2008


Welcome Session

1On the 2nd of October of 2007 a welcome session was organized for GEMMA students and professors. The objective of the meeting was the overview of the courses and events planned for the 2007-2008 academic year, while it was also a good opportunity for students and professors to get to know each other and Exchange their first impressions of the newly created Erasmus Mundus Master´s Course.

Feminisms without Borders Intercultural Week

October 2007 was also the month in which the Women´s Institute of the University of Granada organized the Intercultural Feminisms Without Borders Week and all GEMMA students were invited to attend the event. The intercultural week pretended to analyze the cultural construction of gender from different perspectives, with the input coming from invited scholars of recognized national and international prestige in the field of gender studies. The inauguration session was given by professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty.

Invited Scholar

Rosa Cobo Bedía, Professor of the Sociology Department of the Universidad de A Coruña, visited the University of Granada and taught the following subjects within the Feminist Theory module (Teoría Feminista: Igualdad, Diferencia y Diversidad):

* “The Systems and Politics of Gender” (Los Sistemas y las Políticas de Género)

  • “Theories of Globalization and the Women”. Multicultural and Multiethnic Diversity (Teorías de la Globalización y las Mujeres. Diversidad Multicultural y Multiétnica)

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The official launch of GEMMA

3On the 14th of November 2007 GEMMA was officially launched in the central headquarters of the University of Granada, Hospital Real. Approximately 40 people who were involved in the organization of the programme, together with local Coordinators and students, attended the event. The Director of the Women´s Institute of the Work and Social Affairs Ministry, Rosa María Peris Cervera, chaired the event together with the Vice-rector of the International Relations Office of UGR, Manuel Díaz Carillo, and the Commissioner for the European Higher Education Area, Antonio Sánchez Pozo; the Director of the Women´s Studies Institute of the UGR, Pilar Ballarín Domingo; the Coordinator of GEMMA, Adelina Sánchez Espinosa, and the Co-director of the project, Margarita Sánchez Romero.

Invited Scholars

Stella González Arnal, professor of the Gender Studies Department of the University of Hull (United Kingdom), taught the following subjects within the Feminist Theory module (Teoría Feminista: Igualdad, Diferencia y Diversidad), presentando los siguientes temas:

  • Masculinity (Masculinidad)
  • Theories of Identity: Black Feminism (Teorías de la Identidad: Feminismo Negro)
  • Theories of the Sexual Difference (Teorías de la Diferencia Sexual)
  • Postmodernism and Feminism. Butler (Postmodernismo y Feminismo. Butler)

Katherine O’Donnell and Mary McAuliffe, professors of the University College (Dublin), represented the Women’s Education, Research and Resource Centre based in Ireland, as invited scholars within the Feminist Methodology module, part A.

  • Katherine O’Donnell gave a conference on Feminist Standpoint Theory:

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Invited Scholars

Mª Socorro Suárez Lafuente and Isabel Carrera Suárez, professors and members of the Women´s Studies Seminar and Coordinators of GEMMA at the University of Oviedo, visited GEMMA Granada within the Feminist Methodology module in its part B. Professor Suárez taught Cultural and Intersectional Reading of Texts and Images from the perspective of feminist postmodern theories (Lectura Cultural e Interseccional de Textos e Imágenes). Professor Isabel Carrera gave classes on the reading of texts and visualization of images from the feminist postcolonial theories.


Invited Scholars

Feminist Methodology module part C, coordinated by Carmen Gregorio Gil, hosted professor Assumpta Sabuco I Cantó, from the Social Anthropology Department of the University of Seville, who gave a conference on the visual ethnography.

The same module also hosted Paloma Ruiz Román, professor of the University of Granada and member of the research group “Otras Perspectivas Feministas en Investigación Social”, whose conference subject was ciberfeminism and net-art (Ciberfeminismo y Net-Art).


Visiting Scholar

Montserrat Cabré, from the University of Cantabria, gave two lectures within the Gender, Body and Women in History: Health Practices and Scientific Discourses XVI-XX century course (Género, Cuerpo y Mujeres en la Historia: Prácticas de Salud y Discursos Científicos, Siglos XVI-XX) whose Coordinator is Professor Teresa Ortiz from the University of Granada. The lecture titles were:

  • The Construction of Sexual Difference in the Origins of the Institutionalization of Medical Knowledge: Theories on the Body of a Woman. Female Authorship and Authority in the Medieval and Modern Medicine. (La Construcción de la Diferencia Sexual en los Orígenes de la Institucionalización del Saber Médico: Teorías sobre el Cuerpo de la Mujer. Autoría y Autoridad Femenina en la Medicina Medieval y Moderna).
  • Women´s Caregiving and Relations of Authority. Mothers, Godmothers, Matrons and Midwives: the Assistance at Giving Birth in Medieval and Modern Europe. (Los Cuidados de Salud de las Mujeres y la Relación de Autoridad. Madres, Comadres, Madrinas y Matronas: La Asistencia a la Maternidad en la Europa Medieval y Moderna).


Invited Scholar

Pilar Ballarín, coordinator of the Women´s Education in Contemporary Spain elective course, invited Ana Sánchez Bello, PhD in psychopedagogy and professor of the Faculty of Education at the University of A Coruña. The title of professor Sánchez Bello´s class was the Reproduction of the Sex-Gender System in the Educational Context (Reproducción del Sistema Sexo-Género en el Contexto Escolar).


Invited Scholar

Amalia García Pedraza, PhD in History and the archiver of the Ilustre Colegio Notarial de Granada, organized the visit to the Historical Protocol Archive of Granada, an extracurricular activity within the practical part of the Gender, Class and Race in the Colonial America course, coordinated by professor Mª Ángeles Gálvez Ruiz. The visit to the archives provided insight into the types of documentary resources and the documental typology of the specific area of women´s history studies.


Visiting Scholars

Teresa del Valle Murga, professor of the Department of Philosophy of Values and Social Anthropology of the University of País Vasco, was another distinguished scholar invited by professor Carmen Gregorio Gil, coordinator of the Feminist Methodology course (Metodologías Feministas). Her class, titled Etnography in the Memory (Etnografía de la Memoria) was dedicated to the review of the feminist perspectives in the social anthropology. The international perspective on women´s studies was represented by professor Anil Dhingra from the Nehru University in New Delhi. His class was titled The Indian Woman in Tradition and Modernity (La Mujer India entre la Tradición y la Modernidad).

Guided Visit to the Alhambra

8Under the title Feminine Spaces (Espacios femeninos; Espacios al Femenino), Ana Hernández Walta, MA in Arts and collaborator of GEMMA in the coordination office at the University of Granada was in charge of guiding students and professors through the very feminine Alhambra. Feminine Spaces are the environments created for women and occupied by women: the harem, the Queens Hairbrusher Tower (Torre del Peinador de la Reina), the Captivated Tower (la Torre de la Cautiva) or the Tower of the Princesses (la Torre de las Infantas). In the passage through the Alhambra and the reading of fragments of feminine poetry, both GEMMA students and professors had the opportunity to experience the simbiosis between poetry and the architectural symbolism – the unknown Alhambra.

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