5 fieldwork grants and one second prize awarded for the study, management of resources and development of projects in the member towns

Territorio Mudéjar, the network of 34 municipalities created by the Provincial Government of Zaragoza that aims to conserve and promote Mudejar art in the province, has awarded 5 fieldwork grants and one second prize for the study, development of projects and management of natural and heritage resources in its member towns.

This is the second round of grants awarded under the project bearing the name of Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis, as a tribute to the distinguished professor and Mudejar scholar. Each award consists of EUR 6,000, to be used for the development of research projects that are responsible, sustainable and innovative, have a direct impact on rural settings, foster their visibility and raise awareness about the area.

This year’s proposals were particularly outstanding, consisting of cross-disciplinary research teams from diverse Spanish and Italian institutions, with guidance from renowned experts. Under the selected proposals, projects will be developed in fields such as the restoration of construction materials like Mudejar plaster work, the conservation of traditional architecture, designing tours that combine agricultural cycles and Mudejar heritage, the creation of a Territorio Mudéjar podcast channel, a guide about historical carpentry in our towns and the study of new cultural management models for Mudejar civil architecture.

The aim of these grants is to promote awareness about the rural setting through its Mudejar identity by creating innovative perspectives that have a positive impact on the towns and foster networking about the possibilities arising from the region’s resources and from collaborative, cross-disciplinary work. In addition, they specifically aim to enhance knowledge about the Mudejar as World Heritage and about the benefits it affords as an international brand recognized by the UNESCO.

The selected projects are categorized into five lines of research: new perspectives on Mudejar art, Territorio Mudéjar and cultural landscape, management of cultural heritage, communication and dissemination of Mudejar heritage and Mudejar heritage and its role in society as a key element for regional development.

The projects one by one

1-“Mudejar plaster work, symbol of identity, knowledge and opportunities for the future”.

Traditional plaster work plays a key role in Mudejar architecture, used in both monumental and vernacular architecture, but it is also largely unknown, given that it is often incorrectly identified and confused with lime-based materials. In the 2019 fieldwork grant, architect Pedro Bel comprehensively documented the traditional plaster manufacturing process in 16 municipalities and drew attention to the obstacles involved in restoring plaster structures due to the lack of compatible materials. During the 2020 fieldwork grant, he is seeking solutions to the limitations for conservation of traditional plaster work with some ambitious goals: better understanding the material, raising awareness about its role in traditional Aragonese architecture and developing plaster that can be manufactured today in order to preserve the legacy handed down. Thus, he intends to reactivate quarries and find materials that are compatible with Mudejar plaster for restoration and renovation purposes, in order to re-introduce it in contemporary architecture.

There is a strong team of researchers behind this project, from the universities of Zaragoza, Granada, Malaga and the Polytechnic University of Madrid, as well as top rate consultants such as Ramón Rubio Domene, head of the plaster work and tile workshop of the Alhambra Trust, and Antonio Almagro Gorbea, scholar from the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

2-“Vernacular architecture in Mudejar villages: tools and networking for adaptive re-use and compatible intervention”.

In addition to their important monuments in terms of history and art, the Territorio Mudéjar towns also have simpler architecture that is, however, of great social and ethnological value, integrated into the environment and reflecting the cultural identity of the area. Proper preservation and spotlighting of this traditional architecture may be a launch pad for economic regeneration based on the use of these heritage spaces by private individuals in order to make historical villages more attractive and competitive. In this regard, a balance must be sought between preservation of architectural heritage and socio-economic development.

Javier Gómez Patrocinio, who holds a PhD in architecture from the University of Valencia, studied construction techniques and the prevailing dynamics of intervention in Territorio Mudéjar during his 2019 fieldwork grant. Now, he is progressing with the project and aims to design and implement tools to raise awareness among local communities about the value of vernacular architecture and the importance of preserving it, in order to help developers make renovations of traditional buildings more compatible.

3-“Mudejar heritage and agricultural cycles: The poetry of the landscape. Designing and scheduling pilot experiences for tours in different seasons”.

Agricultural heritage, as a cultural asset to be understood in a manner similar to intangible heritage, is an identifying feature and a unique, irreplaceable element of the surrounding landscape. With this fieldwork grant, art historians Juan Ignacio Santos Rodríguez and Elvira del Pilar Domínguez Castro will assess the level of representativeness and the types of this heritage in existence, as well as defining them and assessing their capacity to generate new heritage resources linked to the agricultural cycles and to Mudejar heritage. The aim is to come up with a schedule of activities that combine agricultural heritage and Mudejar architecture, rooted precisely in this landscape, linked to the agricultural cycles.

Pilot test routes are also included for the purpose of demonstrating the undeniable and unique symbiosis that the earth, farming production and materials found in the surroundings have with Mudejar architecture and decoration, in addition to strengthening the emotional bond of the inhabitants to their land, farming industry and products.

4-“Muros Loqui. The walls speak. A podcast for giving the region a voice”.

This communication project consists in creating a podcast channel for Territorio Mudéjar, to encourage and complement visits to the monuments in our towns. Travelers can listen to these podcasts via mobile technology at any time of the day or week, thus meeting the needs of small-scale sustainable tourism.

The podcast content does not replace the experience of visiting the relevant monument, which should always be explained on site by a specialist, but rather complements the visit with proposed routes in the surrounding area, to encourage visits to other towns, and provides additional information about the town as a supplement to existing tours and suggested activities available in the area. The project will also help consolidate the idea of Mudejar culture beyond the monuments themselves. This proposal will be developed by a team made up of Gianluca Vita (Polytechnic of Milan), Irene Ruiz (Polytechnic of Turin and University of Zaragoza) and Marco Marcellini, expert in new technology.

5-“Mudejar wood. Guide to historical carpentry in the towns of Territorio Mudéjar”.

This fieldwork grant falls within the category of New perspectives on Mudejar art, aiming to bolster awareness about and appreciation for all forms of Mudejar art expressed in wood: ceilings (alfarje structures and ridge trusses), windows, doors, eaves, choirs, organ platforms, choir stalls, carillons, etc. It consists in creating a specialized online publication that contains an inventory of works providing descriptions, conditions and images. In addition, it will include texts written by specialists on Mudejar carpentry techniques and concepts, a full bibliography on the subject and special chapters devoted to the masterpieces of historical carpentry in Territorio Mudéjar.

Myriam Monterde, an expert in cultural management and museum studies, and José Manuel Herraiz, an audiovisual producer and scriptwriter specialized in the historical and cultural genre, are in charge of conducting this research.

6-Second prize: “New models of cultural management and funding for Mudejar monumental/historical civil architecture restoration projects in the province of Zaragoza”.

Territorio Mudéjar has awarded second prize to a research project about Mudejar civil architecture. Art historians Ricardo Monreal Lafuente and Marta López Veamonte are responsible for this initiative, which will further the research process and data input that began in 2019. In the initial project, they sought to obtain up-to-date, technologically advanced material on the civil architecture with Mudejar elements in Territorio Mudéjar and to document the management model for these buildings. In 2020, the current phase will consist in specific work on one of the most important civil buildings in our region, the Palacio de los Luna, in Daroca. This will entail defining a working model for this type of Mudejar architecture and analyzing new historical and artistic heritage management models to enable these buildings to be used, thus making them more sustainable and strengthening their role in society and inclusion in village life. Means of financing restoration projects for these buildings will also be addressed.

The deadline for submitting proposals for research stays, extended until June 29

Territorio Mudéjar has extended to Monday, June 29 the deadline for submission of proposals for the award of five fieldwork grants for the study and management of heritage and natural resources in its towns, as a result of the large number of queries received in the past few days. This is the second edition of these grants bearing the name of Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis, as a tribute to the distinguished professor and Mudejar scholar who passed away last year. Each grant consists of EUR 6,000, and they are all to be used for the development of responsible, sustainable and innovative projects that have a direct impact on rural settings, foster their visibility and raise awareness about the area. Territorio Mudéjar is an initiative promoted by the Government of Zaragoza that brings together 34 municipalities and is aimed at preserving and promoting Mudejar art in the province.

Candidates must submit their ideas by June 29, 2020 at 12:00 midnight (mainland Spanish time). New and intermediate researchers, as well as professionals in the heritage management field with experience in innovative regional projects or papers that address the responsible and sustainable use of local resources are eligible to participate. It is also essential for the candidates to propose and justify living for a certain amount of time in one or more of the towns in Territorio Mudéjar. The proposed projects may be in their initial stages, in progress or in execution, and must provide proof that they have a direct impact on at least three member municipalities, as well an influence on the region as a whole.

Candidates may apply as individuals or as part of a research team, may be starting or partway through their research period or professional career, and they must provide proof of higher education credentials related to the subject matters addressed in the call for proposals and at least two years of research or professional activity, whether paid or not. However, professional experience may be substituted by Master’s degree level work in fields linked to cultural heritage.

Through this second call for proposals to the Gonzalo Borrás Gualis grants for projects and fieldwork, Territorio Mudéjar aims to promote awareness about the rural setting through its Mudejar identity by creating innovative perspectives that have a positive impact on the towns and to foster networking about the possibilities arising from the region’s resources and from collaborative, cross-disciplinary work. It also seeks to create dynamics of social participation in relation to heritage. In addition, it specifically aims to enhance knowledge about the Mudejar as World Heritage and about the benefits it affords as an international brand recognized by the UNESCO.

Five different lines of research

The first of the five fields that may be addressed in the proposals submitted is New perspectives on Mudejar art, which includes everything from updating data about this heritage in terms of monuments, urban issues, ethnography or linguistics to technical language applied to this style. Geolocation and cartography, as well as other aspects that make it possible to expand the scientific understanding of this art genre, are also included.

The second line of research is Territorio Mudéjar and cultural landscape. Here, the actions of people on heritage resources, the social and natural contexts, or the interactions and relationships between landscape and monuments are addressed.

Management of cultural heritage is the third field of action, encompassing new usage models for managing heritage for purposes other than tourism or recreation. It may also include studies on physical, economic and intellectual accessibility, as well as ideas for the future of heritage preservation and intervention.

New media discourses and knowledge or information for the general public may be addressed in proposals under the category of Communication and dissemination of Mudejar heritage.

Finally, under Mudejar heritage and its role in society as a key element for regional development, projects related to society’s participation in the spotlighting and collective construction of new ways of learning, inter-generational experiences, or emotional ties and roots as the basis for protecting and managing heritage shall be considered.

Rules for submitting proposals: https://www.territoriomudejar.es/estancias-de-investigacion-y-proyectos-2020/

2019 Fieldwork: Contemporary Mudejar imagery: expanding the views of what Mudejar is and creating a map of the region based on memories and emotions

The project entitled Contemporary Mudejar imagery aims to refresh the set of symbols and memories associated with this artistic and cultural phenomenon, moving beyond mere architectural elements. It proposes researching and reflecting, from an image-focused perspective, on the relationships that the inhabitants of these places have had not only with the monuments here, but also with the landscape, traditions, trades and even construction materials, which reflect a true attachment to the region. This initiative has afforded a new perspective on previously existing visual heritage, creating and integrating a contemporary new ‘level’ in the set of references that have up to now defined what Mudejar means.

The first phase of the project dealt with the state of the art, entailing a review of all the photographic archives held by diverse local entities and agents in order to construct new stories that help spread the importance of images in 21st century communication and serve to teach about new visual languages that can be used to transmit a new way of “being Mudejar”.

The second phase of the fieldwork was linked to the project entitled Mapping Local Identities, selected by the Ministry of Culture and Sport in the 2019 call for proposals on Cultural Industries for the company Ad Hoc Gestión Cultural, in which photographs of local groups of residents were collected. Collection activities took place in several towns: Cervera de la Cañada, Belmonte de Gracián and Tobed, but their effects were also felt throughout Territorio Mudéjar over the internet and the social media, thus not only generating virtual feedback but also prompting short trips and meetings, which aid in “community-building”. More info at: https://www.cartografiadeidentidadesrurales.es/

One of the conclusions reached in this research is that a specific methodology must be developed for collecting family images in rural settings in order to recover the history and “intra-history” of these communities in an effort to make the cataloguing process more “professional”. Furthermore, the study indicates that it is necessary to move beyond the concept of vernacular/popular photography as a mere instrument of documentation and memory, to view it as an instrument for the construction of identity and the projection of certain values for the future. In addition, it paves the way for building a network across municipalities through which to exchange knowledge about images, compare them, find similarities and strengthen the sense of identity within Territorio Mudéjar, while also establishing and reinforcing the link between people and their Mudejar heritage, appealing to their shared past.

LINE OF RESEARCH: This project can be categorized under two lines of research: (1) New Perspectives on Mudejar Art and (5) The role of heritage in society.

THE AUTHOR: Irene Ruiz has a PhD in Art History, a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, specializing in photography, a degree in architectural engineering, a Master’s in restoration and a diploma in business. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Polytechnic University of Turin, combining this work with her activities as a professional photographer. More info: https://polito.academia.edu/IreneRuiz

2019 Fieldwork: Mudejar heritage and learning, educational material: understanding heritage to appreciate it and create models for rural development

A cross-disciplinary team of seven researchers has developed the fieldwork project entitled Landscape, cultural heritage and depopulation, which consists in preparing educational materials for secondary school students to work on the relationships between depopulation and cultural heritage in the Territorio Mudéjar towns as part of their classwork. The aim is for students to acquire skills that help them understand and appreciate this heritage and to come up with models and proposals for rural development in order to counteract depopulation trends.

LoThe materials are openly available for use by other schools, thus also fostering knowledge about Mudejar heritage in towns beyond Territorio Mudéjar. They can be found at: https://paisaje-patrimonio-cultural-y-despoblacin-cmzgz.hub.arcgis.com/

These materials introduce the use of ICTs in the classroom, with tools that are similar to those already widely in use in the workplace, and they offer students a geographic analysis tool with which to work on the curriculum contents of the subject of Geography. They also provide an educational resource that promotes methodological and didactic renewal, and teachers can adapt them to the characteristics of the group or to specific students. Guidance, support and online training in the use and development of this application during the school year are also available.

The materials created are presented on a website arranged into several sections. Firstly, there are multimedia applications about specific theme-based content, which were prepared in Story Map Cascade, a template that combines narrative text, maps, images and multimedia content. In each application there are interactive maps for working with distinct layers of information, with activities and instructions for the students. There are also field project viewers that are used for planning, capturing, analyzing and presenting different projects carried out on site in relation to intangible heritage, natural heritage, cultural heritage and types of landscape. Finally, some brief explanatory videos about the interactive maps and their tools have been added.

This secondary school project complements the Territorio Mudéjar initiative for primary school entitled “Rural school as the start of the circle”, in which we aim to introduce heritage working methods into the curricula of rural schools. The objective is for students to understand and appreciate the heritage that surrounds them, thus strengthening their roots and identification with their region.

LINE OF RESEARCH. (2) Territorio Mudéjar and cultural landscape


  • Carlos Guallart Moreno, project coordinator, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and History and a Master’s in Territorial and Environmental Organization, at Santa María del Pilar school (Zaragoza).
  • Noelia Cuartero Latorre, a graduate in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Zaragoza.
  • María Felisa Ferraz Gracia, who holds a PhD in Information and Documentation, at Sagrado Corazón de Jesús school (Zaragoza).
  • María Laguna Marín-Yaseli, with a PhD in Geography, at El Salvador school (Zaragoza).
  • Alfredo Ollero Ojeda, with a PhD in Geography, University of Zaragoza
  • Beatriz Rodrigo Garza, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and a Master’s in Cultural Heritage Management, teacher at La Azucarera secondary school (Zaragoza)
  • Javier Velilla Gil, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and History, and department head at El Portillo secondary school (Zaragoza).

2019 Fieldwork: 3D Mudejar World Heritage: digital graphic documentation and educational outreach to revalue Mudejar architecture

The 3D Mudejar World Heritage project is a cross-disciplinary initiative that proposes two complementary actions aimed at revaluing Mudejar heritage. On the one hand, several buildings were registered in a digital inventory and virtual reconstructions were created using a combination of 3D scanners, photogrammetry and drone filming. These include the collegiate church of Santa Maria in Calatayud, the church of Santa Tecla in Cervera de la Cañada and the church of La Virgen in Tobed, all of which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites, in addition to a previous project undertaken by the research team on the church of San Félix in Torralba, with subsequent work on the preliminary phase of work on the church of Santas Justa y Rufina. On the other, the materials were designed to bring data collection and analysis techniques and technology into educational settings in the Territorio Mudéjar towns. The first of these actions was scientific in nature, enabling the virtual reconstruction of these buildings and thus having a strong impact on the scientific community. The second, of a participatory nature, prompted value creation by pertaining to a brand image, Territorio Mudéjar, which has a significant impact on the inhabitants of these towns.

The virtual 3D building survey consists in capturing the actual geometry of a constructed building using the latest point cloud technology in order to replicate buildings with enough precision to provide information that is at least virtual about them in the event of any eventuality. A three-dimensional survey makes it possible to keep a highly precise copy of the current condition of a building so that it can be replicated; this aids in upkeep because geometric information, for example, can be used to simulate structures, moisture, etc. It is also useful in understanding the building and sharing knowledge about it, as an inventory with the three-dimensional models can be created and placed in 3D databases so that the building can be viewed and studied anywhere in the world. With a 3D printer, scale models can even be made.

The second action in this project entails initiatives for raising awareness among the inhabitants of the Territorio Mudéjar towns about the fact that they possess emblematic assets of universal value. The best way to create opinion and brand image – in this case, the Territorio Mudéjar brand – is through schools, given that the youth population is the most open to learning and the most sensitive to the digital world. Therefore, with a view to revaluing Mudejar art, didactic exhibitions and educational workshops at schools were proposed, in which teachers, AMPA and researchers take part, using the project-based learning method.

LINE OF RESEARCH: (1) New Perspectives on Mudejar Art


  • Luis Agustín Hernández, an architect with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and professor at the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Zaragoza.
  • Miguel Sancho Mir, an architect with a PhD in Architectural Graphic Expression and professor at the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Zaragoza.
  • Beatriz Martin Domínguez, architect and professor at the Polytechnic School of Engineering in La Almunia, University of Zaragoza.

2019 Fieldwork: Mudejar plaster work, as used today: searching the memories of artisans for the keys to traditional production

The fieldwork project entitled Mudejar plaster work, as used today represented the next step in Pedro Bel’s doctoral thesis, which confirmed that Mudejar plaster production techniques remained unchanged until the mid-20th century. This research digs further into the traditional plaster production process to gain an in-depth understanding of it and to identify the catalysts and motives that led to changes in today’s plaster production, increasing its quantity and reducing its quality. During the project, former plaster artisans were located and their technique was documented, noting the variations today. In the process, quarries and former gypsum furnaces were also visited, documenting their conditions and creating a 3D photogrammetric survey at those of particular interest; a registry was also made to identify the region’s buildings with typical Mudejar plaster features. As stated in the conclusion, the ultimate aim is to revitalize work spaces linked to construction trades, re-activating them by creating a local business devoted to traditional or Mudejar plaster production.

The research took place in the towns of Aniñón, Borja, Calatayud, Daroca, Fuentes de Ebro, La Almunia de Doña Godina, Longares, Maluenda, Quinto de Ebro, Ricla, San Mateo de Gállego, Tauste, Terrer, Tobed, Villamayor, Villafeliche and Villar de los Navarros.

The study shows that traditional plaster production processes were prevalent until 1950, after which time the technology at the quarries began to develop rapidly. Those that failed to adapt quickly became obsolete and went bankrupt, making it commonplace to find gypsum plaster furnaces still intact and storerooms containing gypsum at the old Aragonese quarries. The semi-industrialization that took place in the fifties altered the traditional plaster made, and the change that had the greatest impact was when manual grinding was replaced with mechanical grinding procedures.

External factors that influenced this phenomenon include strong demographic growth stemming from a favorable economic and social setting, which led to strong demand, thus driving the pre-industrialization process.

LINE OF RESEARCH: (1) New Perspectives on Mudejar Art

THE AUTHOR: Pedro Bel Anzué is an architect with a PhD in Architectural Heritage Restoration from the University of Granada.

2019 Fieldwork: Mudejar civil architecture, a study on new uses with a regional impact

The project entitled Mudejar civil architecture, a study on new uses is a cross-disciplinary initiative in which a data input process has been developed for two main purposes. On the one hand, in order to obtain up-to-date, technologically advanced material on civil architecture with Mudejar elements within Territorio Mudéjar. On the other, to set up phase 0 of a monument management project aimed at putting these buildings to use, thus contributing to their sustainability, their role in society and their inclusion in village life.

This research falls within one of Territorio Mudéjar’s lines of action, which is to design new uses for heritage spaces: technical tours, teaching specific subjects, internships or other types of local activities.

The research is designed as an analytical study based on the management of Mudejar heritage in order to create a realistic action plan that will become a driving force for the cultural development of the local inhabitants and an integrating feature. Therefore, the starting point for the study was to consider the current conditions of the cultural assets themselves and their subsequent development, outlining action plans for each of the cases analyzed. Specifically, the heritage of Daroca, Ateca, Illueca, Borja and Saviñán was assessed.

The study implemented a method for recreating monuments in 3D using photogrammetry: images were taken with cameras and volumes were filmed with the help of drones. In addition, the action plans proposed were designed according to Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas to develop the idea and Porter’s Five Forces Model for the competitive strategy.

Another reference taken into account in the project are the objectives sought in the European “Heritage Houses for Europe. Exchange and Innovate” project, which is based on measuring the positive impact of preserving family-owned heritage houses in Europe, analyzing innovative replicable business models, creating tools to support managers in the sustainable preservation of family-owned heritage houses, raising awareness on the family-owned heritage house sector and issuing recommendations to EU institutions for unleashing the sectors’ potential.

LINE OF RESEARCH: (3) Management of cultural heritage.


  • Ricardo Monreal Lafuente, art historian.
  • Alba Finol, art historian.
  • Daniel Finol, IT expert.

2019 Fieldwork: Vernacular architecture in Mudejar towns: traditional techniques as a trade for the future in rural areas

The project entitled Traditional vernacular architecture, traditional construction techniques as a trade for the future in rural areas explains how monumental Mudejar architecture uses some of the same materials and techniques as vernacular architecture in many towns. However, over the course of the 20th century industrial development has prompted an abrupt transformation and destruction of vernacular buildings and a gradual decline in traditional construction techniques. In light of this situation, the importance of understanding and appreciating traditional local architecture and its materials has been addressed with a view to ensuring that they are protected, by creating an inventory and conducting a general examination of materials, techniques, types of architecture and current use.

According to this research project, when building users have an understanding of traditional local architecture this will hinder them from replacing it with new buildings and will encourage them to turn to activities aimed at preserving these buildings. Furthermore, awareness of this architecture beyond the limits of the town increases the local inhabitants’ appreciation for it and helps boost the towns’ economy, enabling them to offer cultural experiences that move beyond mere tours of the most important monuments.

The project objectives include raising appreciation for traditional architecture within the area of influence of Aragonese Mudejar art by bolstering the perception of native construction techniques as reliable, sustainable systems and of the buildings made using these techniques as valuable cultural heritage that must be preserved and protected, disseminating and spotlighting the work of local construction-related artisans to promote the endurance of these trades and foster the use of traditional construction techniques in interventions on vernacular heritage, and encouraging the preservation, restoration and compatible renovation of traditional architecture in these settings, to promote the development of sustainable, culturally-friendly tourism.

To this end, the authors have identified and studied the main construction techniques present in the traditional architecture of the Mudejar villages of southern Zaragoza, locating the construction-related artisans working in this area and documenting their work; they have identified and studied the dynamics of intervention on traditional architecture prompted by tourism and have written guidelines for compatible intervention on traditional architecture in the area of influence of the Aragonese Mudejar.

The research work was done in Aniñón, Ateca, Belmonte de Gracián, Cervera de la Cañada, Cosuenda, Daroca, Longares, Maluenda, Romanos, Saviñán, Terrer, Tobed, Torralba de Ribota and Villafeliche.

LINE OF RESEARCH: (1) New Perspectives on Mudejar Art.

THE AUTHOR: Javier Gómez Patrocinio is an architect with a Master’s Degree in Architectural Heritage Preservation and a PhD in Building, Urban Planning and Landscape from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

The countdown has begun on the second call for proposals to the Territorio Mudéjar fieldwork grants

If you have an idea that can be developed somewhere in Territorio Mudéjar, this is your advance notice about the 2nd call for proposals to the 2020 Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis grants for projects and fieldwork; the application period begins on the 10th. In the meantime, we have prepared a summary of the key features we are looking for in the proposals and a major update of the contents on our website, with a recap of the results from the 2019 call for proposals in the projects section and a general overview of the towns that belong to our entity.

If you are looking for guidance about the types of proposals you could submit, starting today our 2019 resident researchers will be explaining their proposals and results on our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels.

An explanatory video by the director of Territorio Mudéjar, Victoria Trasobares, is also available, outlining the characteristics of these grants, the requirements and the five lines of research: New perspectives on Mudejar art, Territorio Mudéjar and cultural landscape, management of cultural heritage, communication and dissemination of Mudejar heritage and Mudejar heritage and its role in society as a key element for regional development. At the end of May we will also open up live forums to address any questions you may have.

We will soon be providing all the details about the call for proposals and will keep you up to date on the latest news. We encourage you to participate! See you in Territorio Mudéjar!

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RULES FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: 2020 grants for projects and fieldwork

2nd call for proposals to the Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis grants for projects and fieldwork

Territorio Mudéjar has announced the second edition of the Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis grants for projects and fieldwork aimed at directly supporting the work of researchers and developers of projects that are to be carried out in the member towns, based on a responsible, sustainable use of cultural and natural heritage resources.

Territorio Mudéjar was established as an association of city councils – thirty-two at this time – whose objective is to consolidate a unified, collaborative management network for the use of historical and artistic resources linked to important Mudejar heritage; such resources are deemed a driving force in the development of the towns and an identifying feature for upholding the communities existing in our region. Our activity program for the coming years was designed in accordance with the strategic lines set out in the “2019-2022 Work Plan by the Council of the European Union”, which are aligned with the goals of Agenda 2030, and it is based on the guiding principle that “the cultural identity of the territories shall contribute to sustainable social and economic development, differentiating markets and, in turn, enabling them to be integrated into a diversified economy that can ensure their future success”.

The projects undertaken in 2019 have strengthened one of our most important lines of work based on the development of activities that help attract and retain talent, as well as activities aimed at building networks of highly qualified professionals linked to the use of historical, artistic and cultural resources, thus contributing to regional development in the medium and long term.

They are dedicated to professor Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis, a firm advocate of managing Aragon’s heritage and territory, in terms of individual action and as an innovative field of work with a bright future. His work exemplified in a perfectly coherent manner how it is possible to combine highly relevant scientific research with a commitment to the land and its people, not only fostering knowledge, preservation and dissemination of historical and artistic heritage but also modernizing working methods and proposing innovative projects in which natural, cultural and heritage resources play a key role in communities’ futures.

Rules for participation

1/ Aim and scope of application

The aim of this call for proposals is to award FIVE grants to researchers and professionals in the field of cultural and natural heritage management so that they can carry out highly innovative research work or a project in this region within one of the fields of activity or areas of work specified below.

The proposals may span from the preliminary phases to development or pilot testing phases to project trials already underway.

The proposals must include a justified physical fieldwork stay in one or more of the towns in Territorio Mudéjar as an essential element in their execution. The projects submitted must demonstrate that they have a direct impact on at least three Territorio Mudéjar member towns and provide evidence of the influence of this impact on the region as a whole.


  • To raise awareness about the rural setting through its Mudejar identity by creating innovative perspectives whose ultimate aim is to have a positive impact on the towns.
  • To encourage projects with a strong regional impact carried out by experiencing life in the towns.
  • To help create and implement professional networking through a shared perspective about the potential that heritage, cultural and natural resources have for supporting other sectors by means of cross-disciplinary and collaborative work.
  • To create mechanisms for social participation in the field of heritage resource management from a regional perspective.

Specific objectives:

  • To drive the knowledge about heritage resources in order to foster the implementation of projects, to better protect and to encourage preservation of the Mudejar heritage in the towns.
  • To raise awareness about UNESCO World Heritage and the benefits it offers the region as an international brand.
  • To support, in particular, projects related to the paragraphs above that deal with two or more Territorio Mudéjar towns.
  • To support projects that function as a framework for action in a large number of sites or in relation to numerous assets, or that propose solutions and formulas that enhance the sustainability and management capabilities of Mudejar heritage in general.
  • To support projects that help foster the social function of cultural heritage.

The areas addressed in this call for proposals are as follows:

AREA 1. New perspectives on Mudejar art:

– Updating data and knowledge about all aspects of Mudejar heritage: Monumental, urban, ethnographic, linguistic, agricultural, water-related and geographic issues, materials, processes, etc.

– Technical languages applied to the Mudejar: planimetric measurements, photogrammetry and 3D Mudejar.

– Geolocation, cartography and maps.

– Any topic that contributes to the expansion of the scientific base about Mudejar art.

AREA 2. Territorio Mudéjar-Cultural Landscape (definition of cultural landscape)

– Heritage resources and the actions of individuals

– Natural and social contexts

– Interactions between landscape and monuments

AREA 3. Management of cultural heritage:

– New models for usage beyond the traditional concept of “tourism or recreational use”

– Studies on physical, economic and intellectual accessibility

– Models for the future of preservation or intervention.

AREA 4. Communication and dissemination of Mudejar heritage

– Mudejar heritage and the media

– New media discourses

– Interpretation and means of accessing knowledge about Mudejar heritage

AREA 5. Mudejar heritage and its role in society as a key element for regional development

– Emotional ties as a key element in caring for, protecting and managing heritage.

– Population contexts: The value of inter-generational experience

– Society’s participation in the spotlighting, exchange and collective construction of knowledge and new ways of learning.

Grants will be awarded in accordance with a competition system following the assessment criteria set out in the call for proposals and pursuant to article 22.1 of General Subsidies Act 38/2003, of November 17.

2/ Applicants

Individuals and groups of individuals that have not formed a legal entity and that meet all the requirements set forth in this call for proposals may submit proposals.

Applicants (or groups of applicants) may be in the initial or intermediate stages of their research period or professional career, and must provide proof of:

  • Higher education credentials related to the subject matters addressed in the call for proposals
  • A Master’s degree in cultural heritage management (or a similar degree) or provide documented proof of having completed at least two years of research or professional activity, whether paid or not.

No legal entities of any kind may participate, including companies, associations, partnerships or groups formed under any other type of legal association.

When a project is submitted by two or more people, the formula shall be referred to as a “team”, and each member of the team must be accredited individually.

If the project submitted is part of a research program linked to a university, public research institution or private (non-profit) entity, this must be indicated in the project description.

Acceptance of the project and development of the fieldwork is compatible with other professional activities as long as the way in which this will be reconciled is specified and accounted for in the project description.

Projects submitted may receive funding from other sources as long as they are supplementary and specified in the description.

The total income must never exceed the expenses for carrying out the project.

3/ Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, Graduate Diploma or Architecture Degree, or equivalent.
  • And a Master’s Degree specialized in heritage and/or in other related areas, or provide proof of at least two years of research experience and/or professional work in a field related to the proposal (whether paid work or not).
  • They must prove that they are up to date on the payment of all their tax and social security obligations, and have met their subsidy reimbursement obligations.
  • They must not fall under any of the categories set forth in art. 13 of the General Subsidies Act.

4/ Submission deadline

The deadline for submitting applications shall be MONDAY, June 29, 2020.

Proposals sent by email before 11:59 pm – mainland Spanish time – shall be accepted.

If an application contains mistakes that can be corrected, the entity receiving the proposals shall notify the applicant, who shall have a period of no longer than three days after receiving the notice to correct the mistakes; this shall be mandatory for the application to be considered in the assessment process.

5/ Características y condiciones

Period: The projects and fieldwork must be carried out by December 24, 2020. The final project report must be handed in by December 28, 2020 at the latest.

Length of grant: The proposals must be carried out over a period of at least THREE months and no more than SIX months.

Grant amount: The projects shall be allocated a sum of up to € 6,000.00, which must be accounted for in the project report, based on the expenses indicated in the following section.

Expenses chargeable to the grant: The budget must identify expensed items related directly to the project needs such as fees for work performance, materials, travel, living expenses, accommodations and others, which may include any relevant taxes that might arise.

If the project receives funding from other sources, the candidates must specify: Entity, length, financed activities (aim and content), and the part of the project to which the funding is allocated.

Compatibility: Performance of the fieldwork is compatible with other employment, professional or research activities, provided the entity receiving the proposals is properly notified. The project description must indicate the degree of compatibility and the working methods used so as to avoid overlaps or any breaches of the conditions set forth in this call for proposals.

Number of calls for proposals: Beneficiaries may not receive grants under more than two consecutive calls for proposals. Therefore, resident researchers who were beneficiaries in the last two calls for proposals are not eligible to apply in this call for proposals, and will be disqualified if they do so.


Beneficiaries shall be included in the entity’s third-party liability insurance policy.

The beneficiaries shall not establish any kind of employment relationship with the entity.

All grant amounts are subject to the withholdings and taxes stipulated in the legislation in force, and shall be deducted from the relevant grant amount.

6/ Applications

Applications must be sent in digital format to the following Asociación Territorio Mudéjar email address: info@territoriomudejar.es

  1. Application-Basic identification details of the applicant and the project
  2. Copy of ID card.
  3. Summary of the professional career of the applicant(s) (maximum 2,000 characters).
  4. Summary of the project/proposal (max. 2,000 characters)
  5. Abridged academic and professional resume (max. 5 pages)
  6. Five projects carried out that the applicant deems relevant as the basis for the proposal (Summary of each project containing max. 2,000 characters)
  7. Description of the proposed project (max. 5 pages) containing: Title, background and current status of the topic, hypothesis, methodology, work plan and schedule, description of the project’s specific objectives, towns to be directly and indirectly affected by the proposal, town or towns proposed for the fieldwork stay and expected length of stay, detailed budget for the research, stating the amount requested.
  8. Optionally, a letter of recommendation from a relevant individual within the proposed field of work may be provided.
  9. Where teams are involved, both the application and the award resolution must expressly state the performance commitments undertaken by each member of the team and the grant amount to be applied to each member, all of whom shall be considered beneficiaries equally. One member of the team must be appointed to act as its representative or agent, and this person must be sufficiently authorized to fulfill the group’s obligations as a beneficiary. The team must agree not to disband until the statutory period set forth in articles 39 and 65 of Act 38/2003, of November 17, has elapsed.

7/ Selection process and criteria

The project selection process shall be based on the assessments conducted by the Scientific Committee and the entity’s management team, which shall prepare a ranking in line with the following criteria:

  • The applicants’ previous curricular background, training and performance: 15%. The focus of the curricular background shall be assessed in relation to the area of work for the project chosen by the applicant.
  • Project quality and innovative nature of the proposal: 35%. An assessment shall be made as to whether the project is properly formulated and presented in an accurate and detailed manner. The framework of objectives/actions/resources/budget must be correctly established. The schedule must be realistic. The project must contemplate its own assessment and future feasibility.
  • Area of impact / no. of towns entailed: 35%. The way in which the project affects the territory shall be assessed. This may be a direct impact in the present or future, but in all cases this is a mandatory requirement. Projects that foresee a realistic impact but are not based on trends or the media shall be assessed in a highly positive light.
  • Complementary activities that involve the local population: 15%. An assessment shall be made as to whether any of the activities involve the public in project performance. This involvement need not necessarily be through a cultural activity. The inclusion of activities that have an unconventional cultural impact shall be assessed.

8/ Assessment and resolution

The grant resolution shall be announced on or after Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

The call for proposals may be declared fully or partially null and void, and the committees’ decisions shall be final.

When the resolution of the call for proposals has been issued, the list of beneficiaries and members of the assessment committee shall be published on the Asociación Territorio Mudéjar website www.territoriomudejar.es.

Under no circumstances shall personalized information about the applications received or the decisions of the assessment committee be provided.

9/ Formalization, justification and payment of the grants

Formalization: Prior to the project starting date, based on each schedule but no later than August 1, 2020, the beneficiaries must sign an acceptance agreement, which shall be compulsory for receipt of the grant. Once the acceptance document has been signed, they must begin the project on the date indicated in the schedule.

Payment: The grant shall be paid in three installments: 40% at the start, after signing the acceptance agreement; 40% halfway through the project, and the remaining 20% upon submission of the final report on the project. These conditions shall apply in general to all the beneficiaries unless the project description, as an exception, provides justification for the need to receive payment on a different timeline.

Justification and presentation of results:

The beneficiaries must provide proof that they have met the requirements and conditions established in this call for proposals by submitting: An intermediate report halfway through the fieldwork stay so that the project progress can be assessed. A final project report in digital format describing the objectives, aims accomplished, and outcomes, as well as a financial report accounting for the cost of the activities performed.

Financial control:

The intermediate report must include a review of the estimated budget that either confirms its validity or introduces the necessary adjustments, whenever they are justified.

The final report must include a financial report detailed as follows:

  • A list of expenses incurred, indicating the payment recipient, amount, date issued and payment. Since the project contains an estimated budget, the list of expenses shall be classified according to the budget items in the subsidized project or activity. Any budget deviations that may have arisen in the course of the project must be accounted for.
  • Proof of payment: Invoices, receipts or supporting documents and proof of payment. If payment was made in cash, this must be indicated on the expenditure document, correctly specifying the item.
  • The payment of fees shall be documented in a sworn statement and detailed in the report in accordance with the results attained, specifying the hours of work assigned to the actions performed.
  • Mileage expenses shall be documented in a sworn statement and a breakdown shall be included in the report in accordance with the results attained, specifying the journeys made and assigned to specific actions.


The grants shall be canceled and the amounts received must be refunded if the conditions established in this call for proposals are not met and, in general, in any of the cases set forth in article 37 of the General Subsidies Act.

10/ Dissemination of project results

Asociación Territorio Mudéjar may ask the grant beneficiaries to collaborate in project dissemination activities. In this regard, the beneficiary shall furnish Asociación Territorio Mudéjar with all the information and documentation requested and shall assign the latter any appropriate rights for the dissemination of the results, at no cost.

The beneficiaries must mention the source of the grant on any materials or results issued by including the phrase “Project funded by Territorio Mudéjar under the 2020 Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis fieldwork grant program” and adding the entity’s logo whenever possible.

Asociación Territorio Mudéjar shall, in turn, always identify the authors of the projects.

11/ Acceptance of the rules for participation

By participating in this call for proposals, applicants agree to the rules herein and the resolution to be issued, which shall be final, and they also waive their right to file any kind of complaint.

As an exception, for duly justified reasons, Asociación Territorio Mudéjar reserves the right to interpret and amend the wording of the rules for participation in order to clarify or specify the contents thereof, as long as this does not represent a substantial or arbitrary alteration of such contents.

Applicants may contact Asociación Territorio Mudéjar with any queries they may have by sending an email to info@territoriomudejar.es