María Zapata Hidalgo holds a bachelor’s in Psychology Psicología (USAL, 2006), in Social and Cultural Anthropology (UNED, 2013) and a master’s in Feminist and Gender Studies (UPV/EHU, 2014). Since 2015 she has been a grant holder on the Basque Government programme for Training Non-Doctoral Personal Researchers, and is connected as a predoctoral researcher to the Department of Philosophy of Values and Social Anthropology (UPV/EHU) and the AFIT-Antropologia Feminista Ikerketa Taldea Research Group, Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain).

The doctoral thesis she is currently undertaking is research that takes as its methodology corporal and feminist ethnography, and deals with recuperation processes of people who have gone through depression. It is a study which analyses the capacity of agency in people and collectives in their processes of health-illness-attention, and always with the transversality of the gender variable in all the phases of the research project, interacting with others such as age or socioeconomic level. Moreover, she takes the corporal as the central focus of her analysis, thus including the dimension personified in subjects and collectives in order to assure a more holistic gaze in anthropology works on health and medicine.

The areas of research she is interested in are: anthropology of the body and emotions, feminist anthropology, the anthropology of medicine and health, and feminist methodologies and epistemologies.

Amongst her publications the following stand out:

– 2014: Depresión y procesos de recuperación: agencia, género y prácticas corporales, [En línea], Departamento Filosofía de los valores y Antropología social UPV/EHU and MDe Máster Universitario en Estudios Feministas y de Género de la UPV/EHU.

– 2016: “Suspertzea depresionetan: haragiztaturiko ondoez sozial gorpuztuaren aurrean, gorputz agentea”, En Esteban, Mari Luz and Hernández García, Jone M. (coords.). Etnografia feministak Euskal Herrian. XXI. Mendean begira dagoen antropologia. Bilbao, Udako Euskal Unibersitatea and Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea, pp. 153-175.

– 2017: “Importancia de la agencia y las prácticas corporales en la recuperación de las depresiones”, (Con)textos: revista d’antropologia i investigació social, 7, pp. 73-88.

– 2018: “Un caso de etnografía encarnada: las prácticas corporales como herramienta medológica y de análisis”, En Esteban, Mari Luz y Hernández García, Jone M. (coords.) Etnografías feministas. Una mirada al siglo XXI desde la antropología vasca, Barcelona, Bellaterra, pp. 251-272.

– 2018: Recuperación en depresiones: agencia, género y prácticas corporales. Una etnografía feministas y corporal, Editorial Académica Española.

Moreover, she was awarded the “Premio de investigación en estudios de género” prize (2016) for her end-of-course master’s project, given by the Grupo de 9 Universidades. And she is also the director of and actress in La vida en el túnel (2014), a theatrical work based on an ethnographic study; and the co-outreach expert in Haize Eroak (2014-present), a theatre project concerning oppressed women and mental health.