Senior Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (UAB)
Adriana Kaplan is a Senior Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology, Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (UAB), where she lectures on Medical Anthropology and Gender and Development Studies. Prof. Kaplan also coordinates a course on Medical Anthropology at UAB’s Master of Tropical Medicine and contributes as a professor of Gender and Development in Africa at the Master of Cooperation for Development. She has lectured in different universities throughout Europe and Mexico. Her major fieldwork has been in West Africa since 1989 on issues concerning health, nutrition, reproductive and sexual health. In the Gambia, Prof. Kaplan is heading an applied research center for health professionals and students on female genital mutilation (FGM). In Spain, she carried out research on the African migrations and the social integration process and health-related issues from a gender perspective. Furthermore, she has advised and collaborated with public administrations on social integration policies in the fields of gender, migration, health and development. During the past few years, Prof. Kaplan has acted as an international consultant on FGM-related issues and participated in several European projects as a regional coordinator. She has been responsible for creating guides for professionals on the prevention of FGM, and recently, she organised the International Forum on Harmful Traditional Practices in The Gambia. She is also Executive Director of the NGO Wassu Gambia Kafo. Born in Argentina, Prof. Kaplan directed the documentary on FGM, Initiation without Mutilation. Among her major publications include, De Senegambia a Cataluña: Procesos de Aculturación e Integración Social (1998), which was awarded the X Research Award on Social Science by “la Caixa” Foundation. In 2008, she was granted the International Solidarity Award by the government of Navarra, Spain.