Dr Cinta Ramblado is a Senior Lecturer in Spanish, and is Head of the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics. View Cinta’s full profile here.

“Born and educated in Spain, I came to Limerick to do my PhD and graduated in 1999. Since then, I have worked in different positions here and am now Head of the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, as well as Senior Lecturer in Spanish.

“On 7 and 8 March 2016 I will be participating in the celebration of International Women’s Day at my alma mater, the University of Huelva, in Spain, where I have collaborated, for over ten years, in the development of the MA in Gender, Identity and Citizenship. This programme has received 7 awards, including the Andalusian Government Meridiana Award to education for equality, quality commendation of the Regional Department of Education, and, more recently, the 8 March Award (2016), given by the Huelva Socialist Party.

“My research focuses on the way in which Spanish society remembers the Spanish civil war and the Franco dictatorship. I am particularly interested in the contrast between how women are represented in these memories and how they actually represent themselves. In Spain, as in all patriarchal societies, women have always been essential pillars of society through the exercise of traditional gender roles (as mothers and wives), but this also means excluding the women who do not conform with the norm. This exclusion and the resistance against it is what I am most interested in.

“My research is very close to my heart, as I come from a family who suffered the consequences of defeat in the Spanish civil war, I am the granddaughter of a woman who was excluded from the social project of the Franco regime, who died without telling her story, which I have spent a decade trying to piece together. I am not the only one, but one example of a generation marked by a violent past, and hence, I feel that, in my privileged position, I have a responsibility to give voice to those who were silenced, and to share this knowledge through my work as a research and as a teacher.

“I have already been investigating the similarities between the politics of exclusion in Franco’s Spain and De Valera’s Ireland and I hope to be able to work in this in the future.

“As a female academic, I believe it is harder to excel, as more is demanded from us. Social practices are still very far from being representative of equality. I think the problem is not only within academia, but also at a wider social level, where women are expected to exercise traditional gender roles as well as (or at the expense of) engaging with their professional career.”

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