"DIÁLOGO A DOS" - Thursday July 11

Why is Anthropology more necessary than ever?

Coordinates: Mª Elena Collado Sánchez (AIBR)



Universidad Rovira i Virgili (URV)


Dolors Comas d'Argemir is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona). She holds a doctorate from the University of Barcelona and has carried out postdoctoral stays at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Socials and at Goldsmiths College (London). Between 1986 and 1990 she participated in the International Group on Social Transition, directed by Dr. Maurice Godelier. Initial research focused on changes in the peasant family from the perspective of kinship, economic anthropology and political ecology, with fieldwork in different areas of the Pyrenees. She has applied the gender perspective and carried out research on women, jobs and care. The book Economic Anthropology (Anagrama, 1998) and Work, Gender and Culture (Icaria, 1995) are representative of this period. She has been councillor of the Tarragona City Council, deputy of the Parliament of Catalonia and councillor of the Audiovisual Council of Catalonia. She currently presides over the Nous Horitzons Foundation.

From this dual academic and political perspective, she has worked on care work, violence against women, public policies and the media. She currently coordinates a research team on men's participation in the care of the elderly and dependents.

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Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)


Carlos Giménez is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Director of the Instituto Universitario de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Cultura de Paz y Nono-Violencia (DEMOSPAZ). He combines theory and practice in the areas of migration, cultural diversity, conflict and development. Since 1989 he has been promoting the "Migration and Multiculturality Programme".  He created and directed the School of Social Mediators for Immigration (EMSI) of the Community of Madrid, the Service of Intercultural Social Mediation (SEMSI) and the Observatory of Migrations and Intercultural Coexistence (OMCI), both of the City Council of Madrid, as well as the Institute of Migrations, Ethnicity and Social Development (IMEDES-UAM). Since 2010 he has been scientific director of the Intercultural Community Intervention Project (ICI), promoted by Obra Social la Caixa in 36 neighbourhoods and local territories and in collaboration with their town councils and social entities. Scientific director of numerous national and international research projects. He has published more than 110 articles, books and book chapters. He is author, co-author and editor of numerous books, such as Inmigrantes Extranjeros en la Comunidad de Madrid, Guía de conceptos sobre migraciones, racismo e interculturalidad, Antropología más allá de la academia, Guía de Interculturalidad, Qué es la inmigración, El Codesarrollo en España; protagonistas, discursos y experiencias, Hagamos habitable nuestro barrio,  Juntos por la Convivencia… 2009 Medal for Peace and Concord in the V World Congress of Mediation in Asuncion (Paraguay) and AMMI Award 2012 for the individual trajectory in Mediation.

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