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Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)
Archeology and Anthropology of Institucio Mila i Fontanals

 Contact details
Contact personYolanda Aixela-Cabre
Tenured scientist 
Streetc/Egipciaques 15 
Address 08001 - Barcelona (Spain) 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)1-10 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» History
» Anthropology
» Cultural studies
» Gender and sexuality studies
» Migration

 Brief description of your activity focus
Culture as strategy for identity building (gender view) Rethinking pluricultural society. Postcolonialities. Specialization: Europe, Maghreb, Africa

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
From 1999 to 2001, she was the Acting Curator in the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona (Spain). From 2001 until
2008, she was a Lecturer at the University of Alicante (Spain). Since 2008 she is a Tenured Scientist at the
Institution Milà i Fontanals (IMF, Barcelona) of the Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
(CSIC) where she is Vice director of Research (2015-). PhD in Cultural Anthropology. Her fieldwork has been in
Egypt, Morocco, Equatorial Guinea and Spain, and multi-sited ethnography in Switzerland, England, the
Netherlands, Cameroon and South Africa. Since 1999, she has participated in 16 Spanish research programmes and
1 Consolider project, 3 directed by Aixelà regarding Arab and sub-Saharan migrants in Europe, Muslims,
Multiculturalism and Social Changes in Africa, and Colonialism and Postcoloniality in Europe-Africa (all from a
gender point of view). She has worked on some interdisciplinary research programmes. The last R+D project
directed by her (and finished in December 2014) was “Handling of cultural diversity and socio-political influence
of transnational migration in two former Spanish colonies: Equatorial Guinea and Morocco (HAR2011-22752). She is
the author and/or co-editor of 11 books and 68 articles in national and international journals, many indexed in
different types of quartile. She has taught courses in PhD and Masters programmes at different Spanish universities
(Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Cádiz, Autónoma de Madrid, among others) and has also been a visiting lecturer at
the SOAS in Great Britain (September 2002, July 2005) and Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale – CNRS- EHESS,
France (July 2003). Aixelà belongs to the Scientific Board of some periodical publications and is a member of the
International Advisory Council of the World Conference for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES).

Areas of Expertise: Gender, Kinship, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism, Transnational Migration, Spanish Colonialism,
Anthropology of Body.

Summary of her scientific productions:
Sole author: 5 books (from 1997-)
Co-author: 1 book (2003)
Editor or co-editor: 5 books (from 2000-)
Sole author of articles for the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI): 5 (from 2003-)
Books for the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI): 1 book (2015)
Articles in foreign journals: 11 (from 2007-)
Articles in national journals: 19 (from 1993-)
Chapters for foreign books: 6 (from 2007-)
Chapters for national books: 26 (from 1994-)
Translation of articles or chapters of books to French or English: 4 (from 2006-)
Management of national competitive projects: 3 (1 R+D, 1 Intram., 1 Coop. From 2008-)
Participation as a researcher in European funded projects: 1 (CONSOLIDER, 2011-2016)
Participation as a researcher in European university projects: 1 (Intensive Program. 2004)
Participation as a researcher in national R+D projects: 5 (from 1999 until 2010)
Participation as a researcher in other national competitive projects: 6 (from 2009-)
Project Coordinator of H2020 (2015), approved but the score obtained does not suffice for funding, given the
budgetary resources available for the call.
 Research Activities

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeNational
Project Title“La gestión de la diversidad cultural y el impacto sociopolítico de las migraciones transnacionales en dos ex-colonias españolas: Guinea Ecuatorial y
Specific ThemeHandling of cultural diversity in Morocco and Equatorial Guinea and transnational migrations impact
Project #2
Project TypeNational
Project TitleArchivo Electrónico de la Memoria Oral de los Pueblos de Níger
Specific ThemeProjet de coopération entre des Institutions espagnoles et nigériennes dans le cadre du patrimoine
Project #3
Project TypeNational
Project TitleCuerpo y cultura en Africa Central. Un análisis pluricultural y transnacional
Specific ThemeSocial dynamics and body in Equatorial Guinea and Spain

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