Raúl Navarro-Méndez has a MA in Sociology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), specializing in Gender Studies, and an MA in Feminist and Gender Studies from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He is currently writing his PhD thesis, in the framework of the Feminist and Gender Studies programme, at the Department of Contemporary History, UPV/EHU.
Navarro-Méndez’s PhD thesis focuses on the study of male homosexuality in Spain in the 1920s and 1930s, the period prior to the Civil War. His intention is to study what male homosexuals were like at the time and the categories shaping the homoerotic experience; to gauge the capacity of subjects to redefine the terms imposed by normative discourses and to give a different meaning to those categories; and to assess the opportunities that homosexuals and/or homosexual circles or underworlds, as well as renowned personalities who advocated for a certain return to normality at the time, had to create a counter-hegemonic discourse in Spain.
It is also crucial to place the process of thaw and tolerance in Spain in different cultural, political, and social spheres.