Ángeles Castaño Madroñal
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Ángeles Castaño Madroñal

Ángeles Castaño Madroñal holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Seville in 2003.

She graduated in Geography and History, specializing in Cultural Anthropology, in 1991.

She is a professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Seville.

She is also a member of the UNESCO Chair on Diversity, Gender, and Borders at UFGD (Brazil) since 2015.

Since its creation in 2016, she has been a member of the International Network G.T. Epistemologies of the South of CLACSO-B.A. (Argentina) and CES (University of Coimbra).

She was a CES (University of Coimbra) visiting professor in 2015-16.

She was a visiting professor at UFGD (Brazil) in 2015.

She was also a visiting professor at Abdelmalek Essaadi University (Tetouan) in 2008.

She has conducted research in two lines of specialization:

-Migrations, interculturality, and borders focus on mechanisms of discrimination, segregation, and violence as one of the developed axes.
-Cultural heritage and interculturality addressed from the concept of border culture, coined in her early research in La Raya de Portugal in 1991.

Now, let's give the floor to Ángeles Castaño Madroñal: "When I wrote about Muhamed Chukri's autobiographical novel as a source for an ethnography of urban poverty in Morocco. It was the first time I made a modest foray into literature to, from the anthropological analysis of a literary source, approach socio-cultural reality.

For me, it was an experimentation, an attempt to apply another mode of cultural exploration, and a challenge I faced armed only with the knowledge of ethno-literature, a subject taught by Professor Manuel de la Fuente Lombo until his unfortunate death, which I acquired when circumstances urgently forced me to take charge of teaching a core subject in the Humanities degree program, which Manuel should have taught that September 2001.

Various researchers dedicated to studying culture from multiple disciplines have pointed out the importance of literature and its study in understanding social and cultural aspects that would be difficult to discern without such sources.

It can even happen that the absence of the study of such literary sources leads to little more than cultural deformities, if I may use the expression, based on how we, lacking complementary information, come to construct ideas and perceptions about the unknown.

As a transmitter of values, ideas, and concepts through time, literature has played and continues to play a fundamental role due to its impact on society. The importance of literature, which was crucial from the appearance of the printing press in the 17th century, lies in the force it has shown to transform society from a world of ideas.

Literature has allowed not only to express feelings, experiences, and ideas but to create ideologies. It has shared messages among a large number of recipients, contributing its vitality to the consensus of ideas and values."

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