Department ofWomen's and Gender Studies


Emma Hyndman, Class of 2017

Emma Hyndman is enrolled in a one-year Master’s in Sociology of Law at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. The town she is living in is called Oñati, in the Gipuzkoa region of the Basque Country, in Northwestern Spain. She is studying with 12 other students and they take two-week intensive courses from September until April. After that she has five months to write her thesis.

Emma had the opportunity to meet with a few of the members from the Basque Feminist group here called "Bilgune Feminista." Their slogan is "aske, ero, eta bero" which means "free, crazy, and warm." She is hoping to follow a bit of the work that they do over here and she is planning to do some personal research on the history of the feminist movement here in the Basque Country!

The photo above is of Emma standing in front her new campus, also known as "The Institute." It was built in 1504 but the sociology of law program I am a part of has been around since the 90s. The photo below is of some of the street art seen in town. There is a VERY strong feminist/socialist movement in the Basque Country and Emma can certainly feel it walking through the streets. The grey mural says "Let's get armed with feminism." They are not joking around here.

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