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Sandra Montón-Subías

Sandra Montón-Subías

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


I am an ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where I coordinate CGyM (Research Group on Colonialism, Gender and Materialities) and RAS (Research Unit in Gender and Social Archaeology). I began my research at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where I received my PhD in 1993. I was subsequently appointed by the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, the University of Cambridge, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I have been honorary research fellow and visiting professor at different centres including UCSC, Northwestern, the National Taiwan University, the German Archaeological Institute, the University of Oslo, and the University of Sydney. I have received several grants from the Catalan and the Spanish government, the European Union, and the Palarq Foundation. I am currently supervising 6 PhD students and 2 postdocs. I was funding member and co-chair of AGE  (Archaeology and Gender in Europe) for the period 2009-2015.

Research interests

I am an archaeologist with broad interests in social and theoretical archaeology. My fields of research include the Archaeology of Colonialism, the Archeology of Globalization, and the Archaeology of Gender. I am investigating the consequences that Jesuit missions had on native Chamorro (Guam, western Pacific). This research challenges conceptual dichotomies among disciplines and within disciplines (i.e. prehistoric and historic archaeology), and addresses issues of high scientific and social relevance such as the construction of gender and the value of dynamics related to cultural continuity, cooperation, and interdependence to human societies. I am PI in GenderGlobal, ABERIGUA, and MAR; scientist in charge in two ERC IF-MSCAs; and co-director of archaeological campaigns at Humatak. I believe that research must result in a more equitable and sustainable future, which in my case implies diluting divides between popular and academic understandings of colonialism and gender.

Selected publications

Montón Subías S 2021 “Otros pasados son posibles. Discurso y arqueología feminista“,  Discurso y Sociedad, 15, 3: 569-587.

Monton-Subias, S, Moral, E 2021, ‘A Body Is Worth a Thousand Words: Early Colonial Dress-Scapes in Guam‘, Historical Archaeology, 55, 2: 269-289.

Monton-Subías, S 2021, ‘Binary sex and gender systems are natural‘. In L. Coltofean-Arizancu, B. Gaydarska & U. Matić eds. Gender Stereotypes in Archaeology. A Short Reflection in Image and Text. Sidestonepress, p. 36-7.

Montón-Subías, S  2021. In Small Islands Forgotten. Lessons from Chamorro Lands. In Panich, L. & Gonzalez, S. L. (eds) Routledge Handbook of the Archaeology of Indigenous-Colonial Interactions in the Americas, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 431-48.

Montón-Subías S, Moragas N, Bayman J. & Quinata J, 2021, El proyecto ABERIGUA: Arqueología del Contacto Cultural y Colonialismo Ibérico en Guam. Campaña de excavaciones 2017 en San Dionisio. Informes y Trabajos, 19: 42-53.

Monton Subias, S 2021, ‘Decolonize by depatriarchalizing, depatriarchalize by decolonizing. Some reflections on colonialism, heritage, and historical memory‘, Complutum, 32, 2: 561 – 574.

Selected research activities

Grants and Research Groups:

PI in GenderGLOBAL-Gender and Globalization. From Prehistory to Early Modernity in the Mariana Islands. PID2019-105431GB-100.

Coordinator of the UPF research group CGM-Colonialism, Gender, Materialities and the UPF research unit RAS-Gender and Social Archaeology.

3 Personnel Grants, 2021: Caixa INPhINIT, FI SDUR, FPI.

Invited talks, conferences and workshops:

Decolonizing Magellan. Anniversaries, Quincentennials, and the Politics of Historical Memory in Guam and Spain, U. Cambridge, Oct 2021.

Colonialismo, memoria y patrimonio. U. Oviedo, Apr. 2021.


Co-curator exhibition Biba CHamoru: Cultura e Identidad en las Islas Marianas, MNA-Museo Nacional de Antropología.

Master Thesis: La colonización de las Islas Marianas y la (re)colonización estadounidense. Enric Castillo, 17 Sept.

ICREA Memoir 2021