Feminist Alliances

Saturday, 7, and Sunday, 8 October 2023 - Check programme

Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior ticket collection at the Museo’s Ticket Offices or on the Museo Reina Sofía website from 10am on 5 October. A maximum of 2 per person. Doors open 30 minutes before the activity.

Access by order of arrival. Once Auditorium 400 reaches its capacity, the activity will be streamed live in Auditorium 200

Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400 and Auditorium 200 (streaming) and online platform
Auditorium 400: 400 people / Auditorium 200: 200 people
Organised by
Museo Reina Sofía and Alianzas rebeldes
Mari Fouz, Leona Verde, 2021. Courtesy of the artist
Mari Fouz, Leona Verde, 2021. Courtesy of the artist

Following the tide that swept through the streets during the 8M Strikes in 2018 and 2019, linked to the resurgence of a feminist internationalism, in April 2019 a hundred or so people gathered in a space in Madrid to debate the situation facing the movement. A year later, the conversation continued in Barcelona, with double the number of participants. Both encounters set out the need to delve deeper into new feminist debates from a non-identity, inclusive and diverse perspective, forming the grounds for the publication Alianzas rebeldes [Rebel Alliances] (Bellaterra, 2021).

Under the title Feminist Alliances, this third encounter puts forward a programme of lectures to continue this collective agenda and to tackle key themes such as consent, gender-based violence, feminist justice and sex-gender dissidence in adolescence. Rooted in this collective desire to keep on thinking about feminisms plurally, the encounter looks to share ideas and experiences that strengthen the alliances of the movement in support of non-excluding, non-censored and non-punitive feminism, as well as the joint building of a space of dialogue and transformation for a future that is at once more equal and freer.


Santiago Alba Rico is a writer and essayist with a degree in Philosophy from the Complutense University of Madrid. In the 1980s, he was a screenwriter on the celebrated Spanish TV programme La bola de cristal and has published over twenty books on politics, philosophy and literature, as well as three stories for children and a theatre production.

Mª Antonia Cano is a social educator who has been part of the feminist movement in Spain since the 1970s. Today, she is a member of the United Feminist Assembly of Seville (AFUS) and the NGO Acciónenred Andalucía (the Andalusia Action Network). She is a specialist in treating gender-based violence and supports women suffering abuse or at risk of encountering violence.

Gerard Coll Planas holds a PhD in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and is a full professor at the Universitat de Vic, where he directs the Centre d’Estudis Interdisciplinaris de Gènere. He has published the books La carne y la metáfora. Una reflexión sobre el cuerpo en la teoría queer (Egales, 2012) and Dibujando el género (Egales, 2013), among others.

Cristina Garaizabal is a clinical psychologist who specialises in psychoanalysis. She is an expert in issues related to sexual diversity and gender with an extensive background in therapy support for trans people. She has published articles on this theme in different books, for instance Transexualidad, transgenerismo y cultura (Talasa Ediciones, 1998), compiled by José Antonio Nieto, and El género desordenado. Críticas en torno a la patologización de la transexualidad (Egales, 2010), edited by Gerard Coll-Planes and Miquel Missé, among others.

Belén González Uría holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Seville, with which she has continued to work as a researcher in the field of communication and gender. She is involved in different projects on gender and sexuality focused on young people in secondary and higher education, for instance Con.vive, Red Joven Sexo con-sentido and Placeres fílmicos. Notable among her diverse array of publications is Buenos Tratos: prevención de la violencia sexista (Talasa, 2010).

Carme Guil has served as a judge in the Criminal Division of the Regional Court of Barcelona for the past twelve years. Previously, and for nearly two decades, she was a public prosecutor in Barcelona, where she worked as a juvenile prosecutor. She belongs to the Spain's European Association of Judges for Mediation (GEMME), devoted to the pacific resolution of conflicts.

Laura Macaya is a social educator specialised in gender perspective, evaluation, intervention and support for women experiencing gender-based violence and social vulnerability. She works in collaboration with sex workers to provide support in the process of de-stigmatisation and recognition, impacting the public and institutional spheres to gain recognition for these people’s rights. de desestigmatización y reconocimiento, incidiendo en el ámbito público e institucional para el reconocimiento de sus derechos.

Miquel Missé is a sociologist and an expert in gender and sexuality who currently works as an adviser and trainer in the sphere of politics for sexual and gender diversity. His interests focus on promoting a plural and critical trans culture, as well as raising awareness through people with diverse and transformative gender experiences who are points of reference. He is the author of Transexualidades, otras miradas posibles (Egales, 2013) and A la conquista del cuerpo equivocado (Egales, 2018).

Josetxu Riviere is a specialist in equality, gender and masculinities. At present, he works on the Gizonduz de Emakunde-Basque Institute for Women programme, which chiefly aims for men’s awareness, engagement and participation in issues of equality between men and women. He is also a member of Red de Hombres por la Igualdad (the Men’s Network for Equality) and works in the cooperative Berdintasun Proiektuak.

Clara Serra is a researcher, feminist activist and former representative in the Assembly of Madrid. She is currently a researcher at the Universitat de Barcelona and an instructor in issues around gender and feminism, and is also part of the collective Malas Feministas. She was head of the Equality Area of the political party Podemos from its establishment until 2017, and is the author of Leonas y zorras. Estrategias políticas feministas (Catarata, 2018) and Manual Ultravioleta (Penguin Random House, 2019). She also writes for different media outlets, among them El País.

Paloma Uría holds a PhD in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Oviedo and is a retired secondary school Language and Literature teacher. She was an active campaigner in anti-Francoist opposition and is a member of the Front of Popular Liberation and the Communist Movement of Asturias. She is the founder of the Feminist Association of Asturias and the collective Otras Voces Feministas, and is the co-author of Polémicas feministas (Hablan las mujeres) (Talasa, 1985) and the author of El feminismo que no llegó al poder. Trayectoria de un feminismo crítico (Talasa, 2019).


Saturday, 7 October 2023 - 11:30am
—Conducted by Sara Buraya Boned (Museo Reina Sofía)
—By Amanda Andrades, Mamen Briz and Rafaela Pimentel (Alianzas Rebeldes)
Saturday, 7 October 2023 - 12:00pm
Sexuality, Desire and Consent
—By Cristina Garaizabal and Clara Serra. Accompanied by Belén González Uría

The critique of heterosexual male hegemony, along with the defence of sexual pleasure and lesbian desire, ran through debates in the early decades of the feminist movement. This round-table re-ignites the debate and modernises it, factoring in key questions such as sexual desire, fantasies, consent and violence.

Saturday, 7 October 2023 - 4pm
When Everything Is Violence
—By Carme Guil and Laura Macaya. Accompanied by Mª Antonia Caro

What is alluded to when we speak of gender-based violence? How can we move forward to eradicate it? Can we deal with it beyond punitivism and the logic of punishment? How do we prioritise education, prevention and repairing damage? Opposite the use of the criminal code and punitive responses as the only means, this round-table approaches other proposals, such as restorative justice.

Saturday, 7 October 2023 - 6:30pm
Civil Society, the State and Public Policies
—By Santiago Alba Rico and Gerard Coll Planas. Accompanied by Paloma Uría

State institutions develop equality policies which adopt an identity approach, and this round-table looks to question them from an intersectional and critical perspective, thereby advocating policies for the encounter.

Sunday, 8 October 2023 - 11:30am
Gender Unease in Adolescence: Transitions, Tensions and Escapes
—By Miquel Missé. Accompanied by Josetxu Riviere

Gender transitions for teenagers pose new challenges and questions in relation to support processes. This critical and constructive conversation, therefore, seeks a better understanding and to reflect on the challenges to developing a feminist policy.