Museum collections have emerged from the need to organise and categorise the world, attempting to bring together incompatible and diverse practices and memories into a coherent
narrative. The binary axis of female/male, which is assumed as natural, helps to perpetuate
patriarchal values and marginalise people whose gender identity does not fit into this binary.
Gender categorisation is fundamental both for the collection of material and its interpretation, which contributes to its perpetuation. This often means that the male perspective is
privileged over the female and that other genders are not discussed or represented, which
maintains gender inequality and the exclusion of gender minorities. What would it mean to
question and explore gender categories in a museum setting? How do museum narratives
shift when we look at objects and trace their history from a broader understanding of gender?
In what ways are the strategies of care practiced in relation to the museum’s communities,
marginalized voices and, last but not least, internal processes of production and creation?
Through case studies of museum collections, art practices and activism, we aim to explore
possible methodologies and approaches to tracing alternative narratives of gender, female
empowerment and the hegemony of the essentialized gender binary. Special emphasis will
be given to methods of collaboration and co-creation with various publics in order to examine how to care for gender narratives and how to build infrastructures of care in an equitable and inclusive manner. The International Workshop on Gender and Museum Practices is
designed with the purpose of bringing together the international community of academics,
museum curators, researchers, activists, art practitioners, and interested parties to discuss
current research while providing the opportunity to share thoughts, exchange ideas, extend
the network and explore current and future research directions.
The workshop is co-funded by the COST Action “Trace as a Research Agenda for Climate
Change, Technology Studies, and Social Justice” (TRACTS) within the WG2 Traces and Social
Justice, and Slovenian Research Agency within the postdoctoral project Z6-3225 “Emancipatory Politics of Women’s Social Movements and the Postsecular Turn in Feminism”.
Please note that all sessions will be conducted exclusively in English, and there will be no
provision for translations or interpretation services.

Photo Credit: Laura Muñoz-Encinar

26 - 28 September 2023, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

26 September 2023

9:30h Welcome

Forensic Archaeology Laboratory

Trainers: Laura Muñoz-Encinar (INCIPIT CSIC); Zahira Aragüete-Toribio (University of Neuchâtel)

10:00- 11:00h Module 1: Forensic Archaeology

11.00h-11:30h Coffee break

11:30-13:30h Module 1: Forensic Archaeology

13:30-15:00h Break

15:00- 17:00h Module 2: Ethnography of objects

17:00-17:30h Break

17:30- 18:30h Module 2: Ethnography of objects

27 September 2023

Experimental Ethnography Laboratory (EEL)

Trainers: Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros(INCIPIT CSIC); Zahira Aragüete-Toribio (University of Neuchâtel); Laura Muñoz-Encinar (INCIPIT CSIC)

10:00- 11:00h Module 3: Ethnography Fieldwork

11.00-11:30h Coffee break

11:30-13:30h Module 3: Ethnography Fieldwork

13:30-15:00h Break

15:00- 17:00h Module 4: Experimental Ethnography

17:00-17:30h Break

17:30- 18:30h Module 4: Experimental Ethnography

28 September 2023

Re-presentation Strategies in a Digital Age

Trainers: César Parcero Oubiña (INCIPIT CSIC); Laura Muñoz-Encinar (INCIPIT CSIC); Jesús García Sánchez (IAM CSIC); Jesús Jiménez Chaparro (University of Cantabria)

10:00- 11:00h Module 5: Introduction to the module and presentation of a Case Study

11.00-11:30h Coffee break

11:30-13:30h Module 5: New technologies for the study of the traces of conflicts

13:30-15:00h Break

15:00- 17:00h Module 6: Final remarks

18:00-19:30h Visit to Santiago de Compostela

20:00h Closure

Workshop Leaders

Laura Muñoz-Encinar INCIPIT CSIC

César Parcero Oubiña INCIPIT CSIC

Iñigo Sánchez Fuarros INCIPIT CSIC

Zahira Aragüete-Toribio University of Neuchâtel

Workshop Collaborators

Jesús García Sánchez IAM-CSIC

Jesús Jiménez Chaparro University of Cantabria

Host Institution

Institute of Heritage Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council (INCIPIT CSIC)

Fontán Building, block 4 Monte Gaiás, s/n

15707 Santiago de Compostela