Humanitats i Comunicació

History and Art

Proposta de tesi Investigadors/es Grup de recerca

Alto de la Cruz, archaeology and gender: gender studies in the protohistory of the Iberian Peninsula

Progress in archaeological and protohistoric research from the 20th to the 21st centuries has been highly positive, with the incorporation of new data analysis and interpretation tools. Nevertheless, in the Iberian Peninsula, the required inclusion of a gender perspective in this analysis has been far more limited in scale.

In the case of the protohistoric settlement of Alto de la Cruz (Cortes, Navarra) which has been and still remains a historical and archaeological benchmark, both nationally and internationally, for understanding changes and developments in society in the first millennium BCE throughout the entire Ebro Valley and the Iberian Peninsula, this gender perspective is urgently called for and needs to provide the keys to understanding interpretations of developments in the protohistory of the Iberian Peninsula.

Research into the site at Alto de la Cruz, was crucial in the positioning of Spanish archaeology in the mid-twentieth century. The permanent exhibition at Alto de la Cruz, opened in October 2017, provides a snapshot of the work carried out between the 1940s and the 1990s.

In the case of Alto de la Cruz, a working team has been created to deal with and analyse the site from a gender perspective.

Dr Glòria Munilla  

The historiography of Iberian Peninsula archaeology: Alto de la Cruz and the birth and development of protohistoric studies in the Iberian Peninsula

Alto de la Cruz is a first millennium BCE settlement defined as a fortified Oppidum and located on the right bank of the River Ebro. It boasts an absolute stratigraphic sequence that bears uninterrupted witness to the life of its population between the Bronze Age (about 1100 BCE) and the Second Iron Age (around 350 BCE), and also reveals the evolution of the Iberian Peninsula as a whole over the same period.

On a historiographical level, the site can be analysed in three key phases:

  • Its discovery, which led to its national and international début, due to its chronological and cultural significance; Alto de la Cruz became a representative in the Iberian Peninsula of the cultural world of the Indo-Europeans or the Urnfield culture, so named due to its burial practices.
  • The first archaeological excavations of the 1950s and their scientific positioning on a national and an international level.
  • The phase during the 1980s and 1990s, with the latest archaeological work and the use of research technologies that were innovative for their time.

This means that Alto de la Cruz played a key role in European protohistory in the Iberian Peninsula. In addition, it helps explain developments in research methodology there from the middle of the twentieth century to date as well as its relationship with research methods on an international level. It helps us understand the role played by researchers analysing the historiography of archaeology and protohistory, both nationally and internationally.

Dr Glòria Munilla  

Regionalisms and national projects under Franco's dictatorship

The goal is to explore the continued existence and influence of more or less specific forms of regionalism within the margins of legality and permissiveness existing between 1939 and 1975, based on ascertainment of their active and continued participation in the building of the Spanish State. The aim is to analyse the importance of regionalist discourses and practices in the process of political-cultural reconstruction of the different territories and in the configuration and development of Spain during the second half of the twentieth century.

Dr Jaume Claret

Dr Joan Fuster-Sobrepere

Dr Marc Gil


A history of education in Catalonia and Spain during the contemporary period 

Education has been one of the political and ideological battlegrounds of contemporary Catalonia and Spain, part of the confrontation between reformist and conservative models. From primary school to university, there has been a succession of opposing models with regard to education policies, teaching theories, curricula and the organization of teachers. This research aims to examine some of these episodes, which have affected – and still affect – our educational history.

Dr Jaume Claret Regiocat

Town councils and municipal powers during Franco's regime 

Following the Spanish Civil War, Franco's victorious regime built a new administration based on the political cleansing of existing workforces and offices and the appointment of new staff, to ensure loyalty and the enforcement of its political mandates. This transformation encompassed the country's town and city councils, key institutions of the state given their proximity to the general public, powers, staff and social control. Future research must allow us to gain a better understanding of both the process of destroying the Republican institutions and policies and the construction (and subsequent transformations) of the new regime's power at a local level.

Dr Marc Gil Regiocat

Art and education

Research around the theories and practices connecting the fields of art and education, with emphasis on critical perspectives. Possible subject areas: teaching theories, specific contexts (school, museum, community, etc); education and culture policies, the history of art education, social impact, etc.

Dr Aida Sánchez DARTS

Collaborative artistic practices

Research into the artistic manifestations entailing collaboration between different players (be they artists, support staff, collaborators or the general public), with the goal of raising the issues of categorizing their authorship, observation, art and artistic institution.

Dr Aida Sánchez DARTS

Otherness, discourse, colonialism, post-colonialism and globalization in China

Research on the configuration of discourses around concepts such as otherness, modernity and interculturality in the colonial and postcolonial world of East Asia, particularly China, from the standpoint of modern and/or contemporary history.

Dr David Martínez Robles ALTER

History of Non-Hegemonic Art: Contemporary art, curatorship, museology and coloniality

Research proposals around contemporary art and curatorship studies examining art history concepts beyond the scope of Euro-American axis. This entails an approach based on art and politics, but also postcolonial studies, examining the persistence of the colonial difference and possible reparation strategies. Additionally, we welcome research that, whether in the field of art or not, seeks to understand how Western epistemological thought works to understand the persistence of coloniality in our academic field.

Dr María Iñigo Clavo ALTER

Latin American Art (with a special emphasis on Brazil)

Research efforts focusing on art in Latin America and/or specifically on Brazilian art with regard to the social, colonial and political history of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Racism and latency in colonial power relations. Art and dictatorship. Art and curatorship, etc. 

Dr María Iñigo Clavo ALTER