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Thursday, March 7 • 14:30 - 16:30
#7/060.3 – Transnational networks of contemporary Hispanic Catholicism: Latin American and Transatlantic Hispanic Catholic Networks

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Conference organised with the Spanish Association of Contemporary Religious History, Asociación Española de Historia Religiosa Contemporánea (AEHRC)

This panel wishes to pay a tribute to the memory of the late founding member of the AEHRC, Professor Feliciano Montero García (1948-2018), a great inspiration to so many of us.

The history of networks created by Hispanic Catholics is crucial to the understanding of contemporary World Catholicism. Hispanic Catholics have played an important role in the creation of transnational networks, including the secular clergy, religious congregations or/and secular organizations. One of the key tropes that defined this transnational catholic imaginary is the ideology of “Hispanidad”. Meaning slightly different things to different groups at different times, the concept presupposes the existence of a transnational (often Transatlantic and/or Pan-American) spiritual brotherhood. This ideology was strongly marked by the legacy of the colonial past, that is, by the persistence of the relationship that linked the old metropolis to its former possessions in America, Asia and Africa. Although this transnational identity was rather vague, it decisively conditioned the intricate relations (diplomatic, spiritual) established with other non-Hispanic Catholics from Western Europe and the United States. This panel wishes to explore this noteworthy historical experience. Besides, by exposing the relevance and complexity of these networks we also wish to open a historiographical debate over the limits of the pervading national framework that has traditionally been used by historians to approach the study of Contemporary Hispanic Catholicism.

  • Jose Ramón  Rodriguez Lago (University of Vigo)

  • Ignacio Martínez (Universidad Nacional de Rosario / IECH / CONICET) - Nationalization and transnationalization of Argentine Church in 19th Century/ Nacionalización y transnacionalización de la Iglesia argentina durante el siglo XIX
  • Miranda Lida (Universidad de San Andrés / CONICET) - Beyond Holy War: debates over the different understandings of the concept of “Hispanidad” in 1930s Argentine; the Institución Cultural Española de Buenos Aires and its networks/ Más allá de la guerra santa: debates en torno de la(s) hispanidad(es) en la Argentina de los años treinta a través de las redes de la Institución Cultural Española de Buenos Aires
  • Mario I. Aguilar (University of St. Andrews) - From Spain to Chile and Nicaragua in Times of Revolution: Fidei Donum Priests 1970-1980/ Desde España a Chile y Nicaragua en tiempos de revolución: los sacerdotes Fidei Donum 1970-1980

Language: English / Spanish

avatar for José Ramón Rodríguez Lago

José Ramón Rodríguez Lago

Professor, Universidad de Vigo


Miranda Lida

Universidad de San Andrés ; CONICET

Ignacio Martínez

Universidad Nacional de Rosario; IECH; CONICET

Mario I. Aguilar

CSRP, University of St. Andrews



Asociaciòn Española de Historia Religiosa Contemporànea


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