The Arabist and historian María Jesús Viguera (El Ferrol, 1945) is Emeritus Professor of Arab Studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her lines of research are the history of al-Andalus, the historiography and contexts of Spanish Arabism and the history of the Arab manuscripts in Spain.
Among her publications are: Hechos memorables de Abu l-Hasan, sultán de los benimerines (1977), De las taifas al reino de Granada: Al-Andalus, siglos XI-XV (1995) and Los reinos de taifas y las invasiones magrebíes: (Al-Andalus del XI al XIII) (2006). She has also coordinated and is co-author of four volumes of the accredited Historia de España de Ramón Menéndez Pidal (ed. José Mª Jover Zamora, 2000). She is currently chief researcher of the project "Los manuscritos árabes y aljamiados en Madrid II".
She has been a member of Real Academia de la Historia since 2015.
This initiative takes place in the form of a series of talks with outstanding personalities from different cultural areas who were one-time recipients of a scholarship or grant from the Fundación Juan March, which they used to begin their careers or progress professionally in their respective disciplines. With the descriptions of their experiences, the Fundación Juan March aims to put the spotlight on their lives and careers and consequently portray the evolution of a country, capturing an image of Spain during the 1950s, 60s and 70s and projecting it on to the Spain of today. This is the explanation for the title of this activity, "Memories of the Fundación": a series of programs looking back on the origins of outstanding professional careers, as well as because the results of these scholarships were reflected in a final report (referred to as a “memoria” in Spanish) or thesis deposited at the Fundación.
The host is the journalist Íñigo Alfonso, who has worked at Radio Nacional de España (RNE) since 2001, where he has performed different roles at RNE in the areas of economy and national news information, directing the late news program “24 Horas” (24 Hours). He has been co-director of the lunchtime TVE News. He is presently coordinating the parliamentary area of the news services at RNE.