Feminisms: second residence of the academic year 2017-2018

On November 20 left the last resident of the period that, with the generic title Feminisms, began on October 23. It has been a month in residence very well used, from the professional point of view but also human. The seventeen residents who have visited us have shared their knowledge in schools, colleges, universities and cultural centres. A total of twelve return activities aimed at students and the general public. Daily exchange of experiences between residents. Four intense weeks and with a lot of hard work done but also leave us with the feeling that what happened to Faber is important, that there was a personal background, full of friendship and mutual recognition. The exchange of experiences among the residents has been a constant feature of the residence, without these shared spaces and times the progress made in the projects would have been much less. It’s time to take stock.

The first people to arrive were Patricia de Souza, Erika Ruonakoski, Ayu Saraswati, Kathleen McNerney, Susie Hammond, Jenn Díaz, Bipasha Baruah and Mary Condren. Patricia de Souza (Peru), writer and translator, gave a talk at the Lluís Castells school (Riudaura) to students aged 12 about her experience as a writer, and another at Can Trincheria about the role of women in literature. Ayu Saraswati (Hawaii), a writer, associate professor and graduate advisor in Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaii, did two activities on sarcasm and harassment in social networks: one for English students at the Official School of Languages in Olot and the other for students at the University of Barcelona’s interuniversity master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies (iiEDG). Kathleen McNerney (United States), Professor emeritus of Hispanic Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of West Virginia. Her publications include Latin American, Spanish and French literature, but most of them focus on Catalan writers. She starred in a conference on her latest translations (Caterina Albert and Maria-Mercè Marçal) at the Open University of Catalonia. Bipasha Baruah (Canada) gave a lecture entitled “Renewable Injustice? A Global Perspective on Women’s Employment in Clean Energy” at IN Castell d’Estela, in Amer. We are very happy to see how all these activities have had a wonderful reception, our thanks to the residents and also to the people who have made it possible. Faber’s commitment to creating links between people is a fundamental part of our core business. Without all these people, Faber wouldn’t make sense.

A few days later, Kate Good, Raisa Jurva, Marta Roqueta, Viktoriia Panova and Fina Sanz arrived. Kate Good (United States) spoke to Bosc de la Coma high school (Olot) students about doing research work. Raisa Jurva (Finland), a researcher in Gender Studies at the University of Tampere, spoke to Pia school (Olot) students about feminist perspectives on heterosexual relationships. We have learned a lot, and we have also learned a lot from Marta Roqueta (Catalonia), editor of Zena and columnist, who offered a workshop open to the general public on gender, race, sexual orientation and disability in popular culture; and Fina Sanz (Valencia), psychotherapist, sexologist, pedagogist, trainer and writer, who offered a workshop on emotional bonds for coexistence in a group of workers of Social Action Consortium of la Garrotxa.

And third, Sameena Azhar (United States), a social worker, researcher and doctor at the School of Social Services Management at the University of Chicago, who gave a lecture at the Autonomous University of Barcelona on the secret lives of the Hijra, arrived: like the HIV-positive Daughters and people who do not conform to either male or female gender in Hyderabad, India, are defined and redefined. And Klara Rëgno (Sweden), a researcher and feminist professor specializing in the field of gender, management and organization, went to the Heart of Mary School in Olot to talk about gender, feminism, organization and leadership. There is still a long way to go in the areas mentioned above. We are aware of the importance of establishing internationally-accredited study criteria, of the need to import talent that allows us to understand phenomena that are global but that are declining locally in very diverse ways.

In shorter stays came journalists Catalina Gayà, Laia Seró and Bel Olid, who helped to contextualize the work of other residents.

We must mention the open days that have been organised. The residents presented their project to the rest of the companions and the general public. The fourteen presentations were very interesting, please check our website to see what were the projects of each resident. There have been many other activities, the search for information from Mary Condren or Kathleen McNerney or the interviews that Viktoriia Panov did thanks to the collaboration of Dinàmig.

As always, we have visited Girona, Besalú, Castellfollit de la Roca, la Vall d’en Bas and Santa Pau. There’s been time for everything.

So, as we said at the beginning, it has been very intense weeks, full of activities that have once again allowed the residents of Faber to work in Olot and outside Olot, inside and outside the Garrotxa, and also in Barcelona.

The time has now come to focus on stays in 2018: the first, on urban planning in small and medium-sized cities, will start on 10 January. They will be followed by four more stays: mathematics, energy transition, pedagogy and robotics. And some individual stays in between.

Thanks to all the professionals and institutions who have been by our side during this stay, we continue to make our way to your side.