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Araceli González

Araceli González Vázquez holds a PhD in History from the University of Cantabria (2010), a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Deusto (2004) and both a BA and MA in History from the University of Cantabria (1999, 2005). She currently (2016-) works as a “Juan de la Cierva” Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean and the Near East (ILC) in the Center of Human and Social Sciences (CCHS) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in Madrid. She has previously worked as a Basque Government Postdoctoral fellow for three years, two of them (2011 and 2012) at the Laboratoire d´Anthropologie Sociale of the Collège de France-EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), in Paris (where she currently holds the status of membre affilié, 2014-2017), and the other (2013) at the Departamento de Estudios Clásicos of the University of the Basque Country (Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea) in Vitoria-Gasteiz. She has also worked as a visiting fellow at the Institute de Recherches et d´Études sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (IREMAM) of the Maison Méditerranée des Sciences de l´Homme (MMSH) of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), in Aix-en-Provence (2008).

In 2014-2015 she worked as PI of the project “Los santos musulmanes de Ceuta : Antropología religiosa del Islam ceutí contemporáneo” at the Instituto de Estudios Ceutíes (IEC), in Ceuta. She is the author of the book Mujeres, Islam y alteridades en el norte de Marruecos (Barcelona : Bellaterra, 2015), and she has coedited the book Religión y patrimonio cultural en Marruecos. Una aproximación antropológica e histórica (Sevilla : Signatura Ediciones, 2011).

Araceli González Vázquez´s main field research is Morocco, where she focuses on religious and bodily practices. Her main research interests include anthropologies of religion, Islam, Sufism, Gender, Alterity and human/non-human relations. A number of her peer reviewed articles and other published papers (chapters of books, book reviews, etc.) can be accessed via and

Araceli González Vázquez is part of the project “Practicing knowledge in Islamic societies and their neighbours”, led by Professor Maribel Fierro and sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation. She is member of the research project “Memorias de África : Reconstruyendo las prácticas coloniales españolas y sus huellas en Marruecos y Guinea Ecuatorial. Hacia un patrimonio cultural hispanoafricano” (2016-2018), funded by the Spanish Government and led by Professor Yolanda Aixelà Cabré of the IMF of the CSIC at Barcelone. She is also member of the research project “Patrimonio sociolingüístico en el Magreb: tradición oral y capital cultural” (2015-2017), funded by the Spanish Government and led by Professor Ángeles Vicente of the University of Zaragoza.

She has been member of the research project “La gestión de la diversidad cultural y el impacto sociopolítico de las migraciones transnacionales en dos excolonias españolas: Guinea Ecuatorial y Marruecos”, funded by the Spanish Government and led by Yolanda Aixelà Cabré of the IMF of the CSIC at Barcelone. She has also been a member of the international project “La montagne et ses savoirs” (2014-2015) funded by the CNRS (France) and the CNRST (Morocco) and led by Ghislaine Alleaume/Catherine Miller and Fouad Brigui.