Workshop: Devotional practices across Europe and Latin America during the Pontificate of Pius XII: Spain and Argentina.

Workshop: Devotional practices across Europe and Latin America during the Pontificate of Pius XII: Spain and Argentina.

FECHA: 22 DE FEBRERO DE 2024HORA: 17.30 – 19-30

El proyecto de investigación CATO-POPULISMOS y la Università Tor Vergata organizan este seminario virtual sobre las prácticas devocionales y el nacionalismos durante el pontificado de Pío XII en España y Argentina. Se pondrá el foco en los debates historiográficos que se han generado en los últimos años.

Las intervenciones correrán a cargo de César Rina (UNED) y de Diego Mauro (ISHIR-CONICET) y serán comentadas por Maria Paiano, Alfonso Botti, Tommaso Caliò, Lucia Ceci y Maria Chiara Rioli

La sesión podrá seguirse a través de este enlace:


LA AEHRC EN EL Próximo congreso de la European Academy of religion #CFP

LA AEHRC EN EL Próximo congreso de la European Academy of religion #CFP

De parte de Natalia Núñez Bargueño, os dejamos la siguiente información sobre el próximo congreso de la European Academy of Religion, que tendrá lugar en Palermo del 20 al 23 de mayo. Todavía estáis a tiempo de enviar vuestras proposiciones de comunicación.

  1. Paneles organizados por miembros de la AEHRC:

Religion in Transition: Reconsidering the Religious Factor in Third Wave Transitions to Democracy

Julio de la Cueva (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)

Massimo De Giuseppe (IULM)

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the third wave of democratization in the world, according to the model proposed by Samuel Huntington in 1991. In 1974, Portugal and Greece embarked on their democratization processes. From Southern Europe, this wave of democratization extended its reach globally, assuming particular significance in Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe (although also in some Asian and African countries).Huntington’s interpretative model implied a pivotal paradigm shift in the study of transitions to democracy. Notably, his framework acknowledged the importance of the religious factor in shaping political change. However, the interplay between religious and political transformations, as well as the roles played by religious actors in democratization processes, remains insufficiently explored.This panel proposes a reconsideration of the impact of the religious factor on transitions to democracy in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and welcomes contributions on topics related to the connection between religion/s and democratization during this significant period.

Religion in the Anthropocene: New Paradigm Shifts in the Study of Contemporary Religious History (19th–21st centuries)

Natalia Núñez Bargueño (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)

Petra Kuivala (Assistant Professor of Global Christianity, School of Theology, University of Eastern Finland)

This panel will explore the new currents for research (ideas, sources, archives, approaches) in the study of contemporary religious history across geographies, denominations, and cultures. We encourage scholars to share their latest findings as well as their ongoing projects. Some of the themes that we propose to discuss are the following:recent history of religious diversity and ecumenical dialogue;the political uses of religion and violence; ecology; gender (femininities, masculinities, non-binary, LGTBQ+, and queer religion);material religion (including the body, sensory religion, devotions, space, and emotions); the interactions between the global, the local, and the national, the transnational as well as the post/de-colonial; the post/secular; theology and religious intellectuals; and the new methodologies and interdisciplinarity at, for example, the intersections of theology and/or religious studies and history, media studies, anthropology, sociology, medicine, economy, and the humanities. 

Unraveling the Complexities of “Non-Religion”: Global Perspectives and Societal Implications

Rafael Ruiz Andrés (Complutense University of Madrid)

Zakaria Sajir (University of Salamanca)

The concept of non-religion presents a unique and intricate landscape within the study of contemporary religious dynamics (Lee 2015; Bullivant 2022). Spanning various aspects from personal identity formation to societal shifts, the exploration of this phenomenon offers critical insights into the evolving patterns of secularisation. In this vein, our panel seeks to dissect and analyse the multifarious dimensions of non-religion (Wilkins-Laflamme 2023), informed by seminal research and contemporary findings in the field. We therefore propose a series of debates to unravel the complexities and nuances of non-religion, examining its global context, sociocultural dynamics, intersectionality, and its interplay with education and post-secular trends. Defining “No Religion” Globally: Exploring how cultures interpret non-religious identities, focusing on the impact of religious literacy on these definitions. Sociocultural and Generational Dynamics: Analyzing how globalization, technology, and educational changes affect non-religious identities, with a focus on generational differences and broader sociocultural elements. Intersectionality and Demographics: Discussing how factors like age, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status shape non-religion experiences and identities, aiming to understand the diversity within these groups.Post-Secularity and Non-Religious Pluralism: Investigating “no religion” in a post-secular context. Disciplinary tags: Sociology of Religion, Anthropology, History, Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology of Immigration.

2. Otros paneles de interés:

Education, Culture And Civic Action Of Catholic Women: Paradigm Changes 

(closed panel)

Mercedes Montero (Universidad de Navarra)

Beatriz Comella (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)

During  the  19th  century,  what  has  been  called  “the  apostasy  of  the  masses”  occurred  in  Western  culture,  a  consequence  of  the  process  of  secularization  present  in  Europe  since  the  17th  century. This  phenomenon  also  took  place  in  Catholic countries, affecting men more than women (Camino, 2023). Consequently, there were many Catholic women who in that environment decided to intervene in public life (Romeo, 2017). They understood that the most direct way to do this was through the education of girls and young people, from the most humble strata of society, to the few intellectual forums in which they were admitted (Flecha, 2013). Thus began an unstoppable process, since the 19th century, in which women, in addition to defending the rights of God and the Church, simultaneously promoted education and female civic and social action in the public space. The most profound way to do this was through teaching, since this was an essential condition for their presence in society on equality with men. Catholic activists and thinkers from several countries changed a paradigm or scheme fixed for several centuries: the one that confined women in private space and only admitted men in public affairs. Confessional political  regimes,  such  as  that  of  Franco’s  Spain,  made  the  wait  longer  for  women  (Ruiz  Franco,  2007).  In  this  panel  –  although  it studies  other  countries- there is more presence  of works on Spain. The first paradigm shift that it includes is that of teaching for girls from the working classes that was carried out, for the first time in Spain, by the Royal Association of Sunday Schools of Madrid (1857), made up of women. Until then, only poor orphans had been cared for. Now we move from strict Christian charity to the education of the working class, which the liberal State did not take care of. Another example is that of the Royal College of Santa Isabel, run by the nuns of the Assumption, which went from being a boarding school for girls from wealthy families to a co-ed concerted center for children from low-income families in the interracial neighborhood of Lavapiés. This evolution began when the nuns of the Assumption, after the Second Vatican Council, considered a paradigm shift to serve disadvantaged classes. The  following  work  studies  the  modification  of  schemes  that English  colonization  in  Africa  meant  for  the  Catholic  (and  also  Anglican)  nuns  who  worked  with native  women  in  those  latitudes  is  studied;  They expanded their role as religious, forging the dignity of these women as human beings and their feminine identity. The panel will also discuss the case of intellectual Catholic women who worked in secularized enviroments. In Spain, for example, the case of María de Maeztu, who knew how to handle in secular environments without complexes; or the Spanish women jurists, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who changed laws during the 20th century to favor the full development of women in public life. For her part, Edith Stein faced some similar; She was a philosopher and feminist activist, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, who contributed the anthropological vision of Catholic women to feminist debates in the Germany of her time: a contribution that no one counted on. Finally, two works on women of Opus Dei, show how the paradigm shift can be seen in the capillary approach – one by one – and not massive or selective, of the task of evangelization in the female sphere.

Embracing Taboos in/and Challenging Paradigms: Perspectives from Theology and Religious Studies

Jens Van Rompaey (KU Leuven)

According to Thomas Kuhn in his 1962 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, paradigms define what is made visible and invisible. Moreover, in Kuhn’s understanding of paradigms, an important part of scientific practice is “fixing or manipulating” them to cope with possible challenges. This often goes on up until the point the paradigms become untenable. However, much of what eventually leads to the demise of a paradigm is initially invisible, uncomfortable, and undesirable, Kuhn calls them “anomalies”. In  the field  of  theology  and  religious  studies,  scholars  still find  many  anomalies  that  challenge  paradigms  and  some  of  them  are  even  resolutely  shoved  aside  as  taboo.  At  the  same  time,  many  topics  that  were  once  considered  taboo  are  now gradually receiving greater academic attention. This panel explores the transformative or challenging nature of embracing what is often set aside. It delves into anomalies and taboos to focus on their implications for the paradigm. This panel invites papers that bring up experiences and insights that are often invisible or out-of-paradigm. How do taboos and anomalies challenge paradigms in theology and religious studies? How does embracing or addressing taboo-subjects challenge the paradigms that guide and influence people’s lives and their faith? What conservative forces do researchers encounter when dealing with taboo-topics? In collaboration with the Center for History of Contemporary Religious Identities and Ideas, KU Leuven.

Encontraréis la lista de paneles admitidos aquí:

La fecha límite para enviar propuestas es el 18 de febrero.

Os recordamos que también hay becas disponibles para jóvenes investigadores.

¡Nos vemos en Palermo!

Información: NUEVA junta directiva de la asociación

Información: NUEVA junta directiva de la asociación

Tenemos el placer de informaros de que en el marco de la celebración del 1er Congreso de la AEHRC, tuvo lugar la asamblea general de la asociación (14 noviembre 2023), y la elección -en conformidad con los estatutos- de la nueva Junta Directiva. A continuación, detallamos su composición.

Presidente: Rodríguez Lago, José Ramón (Universidade de Vigo, presidente).

Vicepresidenta y vocal de comunicación: Núñez Bargueño, Natalia (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha).

Tesorera: Barroso Arahuetes, Anabella (Servicio Diocesano Archivos de la diócesis de Bilbao y del Archivo Histórico Eclesiástico de Bizkaia).

Secretaria: Esteban Zuriaga, María José (Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza).


Blasco Herranz, Inmaculada (Universidad de La Laguna).

Bornstein Ortega, Pablo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

Dionisio Vivas, Miguel Ángel (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos-Madrid).

Mínguez Blasco, Raúl (Universidad del País Vasco, UPV/EHU).

Moreno Seco, Mónica (Universidad de Alicante).

Ramón Soláns, Francisco Javier (Universidad de Zaragoza).

Salomón Chéliz, María Pilar (Universidad de Zaragoza).

Agradecemos a los miembros de la Junta salientes (Maitane Ostolaza, Franciszo Díez de Velasco, Joseba Louzao ) su labor estos años, y en especial, a su Presidente en estos últimos ocho años: Julio de la Cueva

Os dejamos unas imágenes de la asamblea, y del emotivo homenaje organizado para Julio de la Cueva (un póster firmado por todos los miembros de la Junta presentes en Zaragoza).



Tenemos el placer de compartir con todos/as vosotros/as el cartel y el programa del 1er Congreso de la AEHRC, co-organizado por Javier Ramón Solans (Universidad de Zaragoza) y Natalia Núñez Bargueño (Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha), con la inestimable ayuda de María José Esteban Zuriaga (Centro Universitario de la Defensa, Zaragoza) como secretaria técnica.

La fundación de la Asociación Española de Historia Religiosa Contemporánea en 2016 culminó un largo camino de consolidación de la historia religiosa desde una perspectiva que deseaba desmarcarse tanto de la tradición confesional como de aquella que había sido superficialmente crítica de la complejidad de los hechos religiosos, una tarea que había comenzado veinte años atrás con el empeño de, entre otros, FELICIANO MONTERO, su principal fundador. 

Continuando esa gran labor, el presente congreso tiene como objetivo evaluar las trayectorias recorridas en estos últimos 20 años y reflexionar sobre las nuevas perspectivas de estudio que se están abriendo en la historia religiosa, realizando un estado de la cuestión de los nuevos enfoques, temáticas y avances realizados en los últimos años.

El congreso se articula en torno a cuatro ejes: «Cultura material-inmaterial» «Identidades en movimiento»; «Feminidades y masculinidades» y «Religiones en conflicto y en diálogo».

En cada uno de ellos contaremos con un nutrido grupo de especialistas que presentarán ponencias en torno a diferentes aspectos (cronológicos, temáticos o espaciales) de la producción historiográfica, reflexionando sobre los avances producidos, y en torno a los retos aún pendientes para la historia de los hechos religiosos. 

Además se realizarán dos importantes mesas redondas en las que debatiremos cuestiones historiográficas desde una perspectiva trans/nacional y otra sobre el rol fundamental jugado por los archivos.

Finalmente, el martes 14 de noviembre tendrá lugar la Asamblea Ordinaria de la Asociación, durante la cual se comunicará el premio FELICIANO MONTERO a la mejor monografía de Historia Religiosa Contemporánea (en breve os comunicaremos más detalles al respecto).

La asistencia es gratuita. Os esperamos en Zaragoza


Los Católicos Españoles, entre Franco y Pio XII (EN YOUTUBE)

Tenemos el placer de compartir con todos vosotros las grabaciones del Seminario organizado por Carlos María Rodríguez López-Brea (Universidad Carlos III) y Ángel Luis López Villaverde (Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha). El seminario planteó diversas cuestiones en torno a la política, la sociedad y la cultura española durante el primer franquismo (1936-1958), tales como el papel de los católicos en la conformación de la Dictadura, las formas de religiosidad, el rol de las mujeres católicas, el catolicismo crítico con el régimen o el protagonismo en todo lo expuesto de algunas figuras clave de la Iglesia ibérica. Se contrastó además el estudio de las situaciones españolas con sus contextos extranjeros.

Esperamos que las grabaciones os sean útiles o a vuestros colegas/estudiantes.

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