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Thursday, March 7 • 16:45 - 18:45
#7/060.4 – Transnational networks of contemporary Hispanic Catholicism: The participation of Spanish Catholics in the Transnational Catholic Scene during the Francoist Regime

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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.

  • Natalia Núñez Bargueño (Sorbonne Université)

  • Ángela Pérez del Puerto (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) - “Dress how you want to be addressed”. Fashion as front battle in the transnational catholic construction of femininity (1940-1950)/“Viste como quieras que te traten”. La moda como frente de batalla en la construcción católica trasnacional de feminidad (1940-1950)
  • Joan Josep Matas Pastor (CESAG, Universidad Pontificia Comillas) - “Los cursillos de cristiandad” (Workshops on Christianity): From being a means of educating the Catholic Laity to becoming an International Catholic Movement. Los Cursillos de Cristiandad. De método de formación de la Acción Católica a movimiento internacional
  • Inmaculada Blasco Herranz (Universidad de La Laguna) - The role of Spanish Catholic Women in International Catholic Networks: the WUCWO in the 50s and 60s/ Españolas en el catolicismo internacional: la UMOFC en los años cincuenta y sesenta
  • Mónica Moreno Seco (Universidad de Alicante) - The role of Spanish Catholic Women in International Catholic Networks: the WUCWO in the 50s and 60s/ Españolas en el catolicismo internacional: la UMOFC en los años cincuenta y sesenta
  • Mercedes Montero (Universidad de Navarra) - From Catholic Confesionalism to Revolutionary State. The first Opus Dei Women in Mexico (1950)/ Del catolicismoconfesional al estado revolucionario. Las primeras mujeres del Opus Dei en México (1950)

Language: English / Spanish

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Natalia Núñez Bargueño

Sorbonne Université
I am passionate about researching and sharing knowledge with others. I have a double training in Literature/Critical Thinking and History. I approach spirituality and religion from the point of view of Cultural History. i am particularly interested in the paradoxical relationship... Read More →


Mercedes Montero

Universidad de Navarra

Monica Moreno Seco

Universidad de Alicante

Inmaculada Blasco Herranz

Universidad de La Laguna

Joan Josep Matas Pastor

CESAG, Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Ángela Pérez del Puerto

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid



Asociaciòn Española de Historia Religiosa Contemporànea


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