Sameena Azhar | Social Worker and Researcher

I had the pleasure of participating in the Faber residency on Feminisms in November 2017. The experience was exactly what I needed to be able to focus on my writing. Everyone at Faber is amazing. The residency brought together an incredibly diverse group of scholars, writers and journalists. I met poets, Catalan literary scholars, philosophers, sociologists, and cultural anthropologists. Faber takes care of all the necessities, so you can focus on your writing. They provide a lavish breakfast and dinner, ample writing space in both your room and throughout the hotel, and several opportunities to meet and network with other people interested in your substantive area. During my stay, I presented at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in the Department of History of Sciences. It was a fabulous opportunity to meet other scholars working on issues related to the framing of medical issues throughout the history of science. I am in the last throws of completing a PhD in Social Work at the University of Chicago and during my time here, I was able to revise multiple chapters of my dissertation. Back in Chicago, I work as a clinical social worker, so this time away from home also provided me the peace and quiet I needed to regain clarity of thought. Waking up to the beautiful background of the breathtaking Pyrenees is such a delight. There are several nearby trails to explore for leisurely walks, including Parc Nou, Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa (La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park), and Volcà Montascopa. The sunsets alone made this trip truly memorable. The coordinators of the program, Francesc Serés and Gavina Freixa, take great care to accommodate the residents at every turn. One of my last days at Faber was spent having lunch at the director´s beautiful home in the city center of Olot. I will not forget this trip. Thank you for the wonderful memories of Catalunya, Faber!