Archaeology, University of Leicester
My research explores how discourses around gender, and gendered practices, are crucial in understanding social change, particularly looking into the social and religious transformations that took place in Iberia in the Early Middle Ages after the Arab conquest.
The formation of al-Andalus brought together a number of different traditions that interplayed between the eight and the tenth centuries. My research will focus on the survivals and changes that can be found within the domestic environment, focusing on spatial analysis and a study of the maintenance activities taking place within the household. Said activities carry gendered discourses around them, and although often they are disregarded, they are fundamental in the reproduction of society and in creating and sustaining interpersonal relationships. By focusing on gender, my research will be able to develop a more comprehensive understanding of socioreligious continuities and transformations. On the other hand, the attention into an Islamic society in Europe, and into Muslim women, will bring to the fore the relevance of agents that are often disregarded, and challenge assumptions that have broader implications in our current social climate.