Raúl Mínguez

With a BA in History (2008), an MA in Contemporary History (2009) and a PhD in Contemporary History from the University of Valencia (UV), 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 three post-doctoral research fellowship grants awarded by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (Juan de la Cierva-incorporación, 2018-2019) and the European Commission (Marie Sklodowska-Curie, 2019-2021). Thanks to the last of these grants, he is currently working at Leeds 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 nineteenth-century Spain. His has also performed research on women’s education and the feminisation of teaching in Spain from the end of the eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. He has participated in several research projects and published in specialised journals including Arenal, Educació i Història, Ayer, Hispania Sacra, Amnis, Feminismo/s, Historia Contemporánea and Hispania Nova. His monograph, Evas, Marías y Magdalenas. Género y modernidad católica en la España liberal (1833-1874) was published by the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (Madrid) in 2016.

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) and a secondary school teacher. With a good level of English (C1) and Catalan (C1), he has completed three international research stays: a three-month pre-doctoral stay at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) (Paris, France); two five-month post-doctoral stays at Leeds University (UK); and one two-month stay at Glasgow University (UK).

The research project in which Mínguez Blasco has been involved for the last three years aims at analysing the identity-building of Catholic women who participated in the transformation of Roman Catholicism as a result of the Second Vatican Council. From a comparative approach, his intention is to contrast this process with that carried out by women linked to the Church of England, specifically the Anglican Communion, during the last third of the twentieth century. He has already published some partial results of this research in journal papers and congress communications, and hopes to publish a monograph on this subject in the mid-term.

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