With an BA in History (2008), an MA in Contemporary History (2009), and a PhD in Contemporary History from the University of Valencia (UV), Raúl Mínguez Blasco has held a FPI pre-doctoral research fellowship, awarded by the Department of Education of the Valencia regional government, at the Department of Contemporary History, UV (2009-2013), and is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Contemporary History, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), thanks to a post-doctoral research staff specialization grant awarded by the same university.   

Mínguez Blasco’s PhD thesis, for which he was awarded the 7th Miguel Artola Prize for the best PhD dissertation in Contemporary History in 2015, addresses Catholicism, gender, and models of femininity in Spain during the 19th century. His other lines of research have included female education in Valencia from the end of the 18th century until the mid-19th century, and the early stages of the feminization process of teaching in Spain during the first two thirds of the 19th century. He has participated in several research projects and published in specialized journals such as Arenal, Educació i Història, Ayer, Hispania Sacra, Historia Contemporánea, Feminismo/s, and Amnis. His monograph, Evas, Marías y Magdalenas. Género y modernidad católica en la España liberal (1833-1874), was published in 2016 by the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (Madrid).

During three academic years, he lectured at the UV, first as a trainee researcher and then as an associate visiting lecturer. He has also been an associate professor at the Biscay branch of the National Distance Learning University (UNED). Furthermore, he has completed two international research stays: a three-month pre-doctoral stay at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, France; and a five-month post-doctoral stay at the University of Leeds, UK.  

His medium-/long-term aim is three-fold, although closely interrelated, insofar as it revolves around the analysis of Catholicism from a gender perspective in the contemporary age. Firstly, his intention is to analyse the identity-building processes of Catholic women participating in the Catholic transformation stemming from the Second Vatican Council. This research is fundamentally based on oral interviews conducted mainly with women who were born, or who live, in the Basque Country. Secondly, to probe into the process of the construction of the self of 19th-century Catholic women, principally founders of female congregations, through their personal writings, such as autobiographies, letters, and diaries. Thirdly, to delve into the study of the so-called ‘feminization process’ of religion during the 19th century on the basis of the discursive analysis of the models of femininity and masculinity constructed by the Catholic Church during that period.

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