With a BA in History from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Maialen Aranguren took an interuniversity MA in Contemporary History at the UPV/EHU and the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and an MA in Teacher Training - Secondary Education, Language Teaching and Vocational Training at the former.
Holding a pre-doctoral research training fellowship (PIC contract) at the UPV/EHU, she is currently writing her PhD thesis, ‘La anatomía política del cuerpo feminista. El movimiento autónomo de mujeres en el País Vasco (1975-1994)’. Supervised by Mercedes Arbaiza and Nerea Aresti, her thesis focuses on the shaping and consolidation of the feminist movement in the Basque Country during the transition.
Moreover, from a perspective addressing gender discourses and relationships, her aim is to study the conditions that paved the way to the creation of a new political subject: the feminist, and the movement’s subsequent development.
With an eye to probing into certain aspects of her research project, she participated in the international visiting graduate student (IVGS) study abroad programme of the University of California (UC), San Diego, USA, during the first three months of 2016, under the supervision of historian Pamela Radcliff. During her stay, she became acquainted with UC’s Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS).
Aranguren has presented the initial findings of her research in different congresses and seminars, including the following:
- Communication: ‘La liberación sexual de las mujeres. Una aproximación desde el movimiento feminista y los grupos de lesbianas feminista de Euskadi en la Transición’, Congreso Las otras protagonistas de la Transición: izquierda radical y movilizaciones sociales (Madrid, 24-25 February 2017).
- Keynote: ‘From woman to women. The Construction of the Basque Feminist Subject (1975-1994)’, invited by the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (San Diego, 7 April 2016).
- Communication: ‘The Construction of the Feminist Subject. The Case of the Autonomous Basque Feminist Movement (1975-1994)’, 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies (San Diego, 17-20 March 2016).
- Keynote: ‘El sentir de las mujeres en movimiento: las I Jornadas de la Mujer de Euskadi, (Leioa, 1977)’, II Seminario Internacional. Historia y Emociones. Nuevos Enfoques (Bilbao, 9 June 2015).
Furthermore, she has sat on the organizing committees of two international seminars.
With Nerea Aresti, she has co-authored the book chapter, ‘Women Above All: The Autonomous Basque Feminist Movement (1973-1994)’, in Bermúdez, Silvia and Johnson, Roberta (eds.), A New History of Iberian Feminism, Toronto, University of Toronto Press (in press). And with Antonio Prada and Ana Peña, she has also co-authored the book, La Guerra Civil y el Franquismo en Zumarraga – Gerra Zibila eta Frankismoa Zumarragan, Zumarraga, Zumarraga Town Council, 2014, produced and published thanks to the ‘La memoria histórica en Zumarraga’ grant awarded by Zumarraga Town Council, in collaboration with the provincial council of Gipuzkoa.