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Mikel Herran Subinas

Archaeology, University of Leicester

Thesis title:

Gender, social change and religion: Islamicisation and the transforming lives of women in Early Medieval Iberia

My thesis explores the transformation of domestic environment in Early Islamic Iberia and how these link to the organisation of domestic practices. I aim to understand the creation of Islamic houses as part of broader social transformations ocurring in the emergence of an Islamic society in Europe.

Research Area

  • Archaeology


  • European Association of Archaeologists (5-8th September 2018) De-Orientalising Gender: (En)gendering an Archaeology of Islamicate Societies beyond Islam
  • International conference Art and Textile production in the medieval Mediterranean (25-27th September 2018): 'Por vivir en su vecindad': Fronteras textiles y lecturas arqueológicas en al-Andalus
  • European Association of Archaeologists (30th August-3rd September 2018):  Islamisation and Gender: Viewing Women and Female Activities in the Shaping of Society in al-Andalus

Public Engagement & Impact

  • The Islamic city in North Africa for UCL (forthcoming)
  • The Roman city in North Africa for UCL (forthcoming)
  • Conducted a youth involvement and archaeology workshop with the local community in Doha (Qatar).
  • Co-editor of an online Archaeology journal of the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (2013-2019)

Other Research Interests

  • Gender studies
  • Public engagement and outreach
  • Queer theory
  • Creative engagement