Elia Blanco has a MA in History, with special mention in Cultural Anthropology, from the University of Castile-La Mancha (UCLM), and an MA in Feminist Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), with a Master’s degree research project devoted to the study of the Francoist repression of women in the province of Ciudad Real by virtue of the Political Responsibilities Act.

Blanco is currently commencing her research career by writing her PhD thesis in the framework of the Feminist and Gender Studies programme of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), under the supervision of Nerea Aresti Esteban of the Department of Contemporary History, to which she belongs thanks to a pre-doctoral fellowship awarded to her by the aforementioned university. In her PhD thesis, she is interested in the characteristics of normative or hegemonic masculinity in 19th-century Spain, understood as a social and historical construction, and thus eschewing an essentialist conception of gender identities.
Specifically, she intends to analyse how that masculinity was (or those masculinities were) constructed through the discourse produced by different cultural environments, taking into consideration the influence of variables such as the ideals of femininity, social class, political culture, and national identity, before examining how all this affected the experiences of individuals.

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