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Nisa al-Andalus: Historical reflections on women in Al-Andalus

From March 08, 2018 until November 15, 2018All of the conferences will be held at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the opening event, which will be held at 8:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). All of the conferences will be held at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the opening event, which will be held at 8:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

Casa Árabe has organized this series of twelve conferences, taking place from March through November at its headquarters in Cordoba. Opening on March 8, 2018.

Various theoretical frameworks have attempted to explain the reasons behind the social inequality of women throughout history. Many have focused solely and exclusively on studying asymmetrical power balances and the role played by culture and the historically  institutionalized patriarchy. However, history always shows us that there are exceptions.

These distortions are what we have attempted to outline in this series of conferences.

The contexts are what they are, but the incredible internal diversity existing in the contemporary Arab world, like that which existed back in the medieval era or in Al-Andalus, means that “the exception proves the rule.” Differences in terms of age, personal status (married, unmarried, enslaved or free), ethnic origin, family and socio-economic position, as well as the historical and religious contexts themselves, show us a great deal of internal diversity that can be hard to define.

Distant from clichés and historical prejudices, the women of Al-Andalus obviously formed a significant part of life in Al-Andalus and the Middle Ages, even reaching positions and holding roles in Law, religion, patronage of the arts, society, etc., that filled both public and private spaces, making women more visible.

From an educational and historiographical perspective, reflecting on the existing document sources, we will be delving into the field of contemporary women’s studies, analyzing the Arab sources and literary genres, along with today’s more current bibliography, with the goal of putting the role which women held in the era of Al-Andalus into context.
Nisa al-Andalus: Historical reflections on women in Al-Andalus
Academic directors: Carmen González Gutiérrez and Inmaculada Serrano Hernández.

Thursday, March 8
8:00-8:30 p.m. Opening event
Isabel Ambrosio, Mayor of Cordoba
Pedro Martínez-Avial, the General Director of Casa Árabe

Opening conference:
Manuela Marín: The women of Al-Andalus: images, myths, history

Thursday, April 19
María Elena Díez Jorge: The “history of gender”: a historical approach and methodology

Tuesday, April 24
María Luisa Ávila Navarro: Biographic study of women in Al-Andalus

Wednesday, May 30
Inmaculada Serrano Hernández: Musical development by the women of Al-Andalus

Wednesday, June 13
Maram Al Masri The figure of Wallada: A selection of poems

Thursday, June 21
Teresa Garulo Muñoz: The women poets of Al-Andalus and their key model: Wallada

Thursday, July 5
María Teresa Casal García: Life cycle, rites and rituals of women in Al-Andalus

Wednesday, September 26
Eva Lapiedra Gutierrez: Women of Al-Andalus in public and private spaces

Thursday, October 18
Helena De Jesús De Felipe Rodríguez: Berber women in Al-Andalus

Thursday, October 11
Carmen González Gutiérrez: Patronage and the role of women in the city’s creation

Thursday, October 25
Bárbara Boloix Gallardo: Women in the kingdoms of “taifas.” The sultanas of the Alhambra

Thursday, November 15   
Closing conference
María Jesús Viguera Molins: Historical reflections on women in Al-Andalus