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Women in Madinat Qurtuba: City, society and research

March 08, 20237:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

In order to mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, we are hosting this conference in Cordoba, in which the inclusion of the gender perspectives in historical and archeological studies of Al-Andalus will be analyzed by Carmen González Gutiérrez.

In recent years, the inclusion of a gender perspective in historical-archeological studies of Al-Andalus has made it possible to recover and reinterpret information about the lives and activities of many women who formed part of Al-Andalus society, and their everyday lives. The information available, though scarce, is of incalculable value in giving us a closer look at the diversity and social complexity of Al-Andalus and the limited but existing power to take action belonging to certain female characters in its cities.

During this conference, in which we will be combining different sources of information which are available, we intend to offer a fresh look at Madinat Qurtuba, approaching both private and communal buildings and spaces, whose layout, evolution and uses depended largely on the presence or absence of women, as well as the related material culture. On this tour, we will also be taking into consideration different rules, recommendations and anecdotes laid down in the written sources, which contribute to illustrating what life was like in the Moorish capital.

Carmen González Gutiérrez
International PhD in Archeology for her thesis on “The Mosques of Islamic Cordoba: Concept, types and urban function,” which she defended at the University of Cordoba in 2016. Since then, she has continued to explore and expand this line of research by approaching the mosques of of Al-Andalus from various perspectives, including comparative analyses between East and West, gender perspectives, and so on. Her work is taking form in many different scientific publications related to these topics, and has also been made possible thanks to several stays and research contracts at international institutions like the Université Lumière Lyon II (France), The Cyprus Institute (Cyprus) and the Technical Universities of Berlin, Bamberg, Erfurt and Hamburg (Germany). She is currently carrying out research activity in the University of Cordoba’s Archeology Department, as well as working under the “Religion and Urbanity” research project at the University of Erfurt’s Max-Weber-Kolleg (Germany). More specifically, she is currently directing the DYAR Research Project: “Housing and Suburb: Domestic spaces and private initiative in a western sector of Madīnat Qurṭuba,” which includes research based on the archeological information recovered in recent excavations about the domestic occupation and possible sectorization of an area in the outer western boroughs of Madīnat Qurṭuba (Cordoba) in order to define the different relationships that were established between the community facilities introduced by the Umayyad government and the inhabitants’ houses; as well as identifying to what extent private initiative played a role in creating this area.
Women in Madinat Qurtuba: City, society and research