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MSCA-IF Position in Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC): Research on Spanish XIX century and development of online resources for the communication of results to the society.

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    25/06/2020 18:00 - Europe/Athens
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Madrid
    CEU San Pablo University
    School of Humanities and Communication Sciences

Working at Humanities Faculty from Universidad San Pablo-CEU, our multidisciplinary research Group is leaded by Cristina Barreiro, historian involved in the journalistic approach to History. Her research field is the Second Republic in Spain. She got a special Mention in the International History of Carlism Award “Luis Hernando de Larramendi”. Her publications mainly deal with this issue.

Group members and their research areas are:

  • Alfonso Bullón de Mendoza, professor and Director of the CEU Institute for Historical Studies. He has been Director and script-writer of a series of 13 chapters on the Spanish Civil War. He is also the Director of one of the leading journals in History in Spain: Aportes. Professor Bullón de Mendoza has been PI in two research projects on War correspondents in Spain and “Checas”, unofficial illegal jails where General Franco’s supporters were tortured during the Spanish Civil War. Many publications of reference in this field have been written by him.
  • Carlos Gregorio Hernández and Julia Bordonado (Military History) complete the group of Historians.
  • Sara Izquierdo supports the group as a specialist in Geography.
  • Pilar García Pinacho, whose field of research is Benito Pérez Galdós, covers the area of History of Journalism. The group also counts with the pre-doctoral researcher Jorge Álvarez Palomino.
  • The area of Philology is covered by three researchers devoted to language and literary analysis: Amalia Pedrero (Spanish), Milagros Beltrán (German) and M. Isabel Abradelo (English).
  • The most innovative area in this research group counts with two specialists in New Technologies and Digital Communication: Dr. Ángel Bartolomé, and Dr. María Sánchez Martínez.

By analysing the composition and diversity of this team – all of them University lecturers at Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid, it is easy to notice that the approach that they have decided to take is not only the research on war correspondents in the late XIX century Iberian Peninsula wars (Don Miguel and Don Carlos issues) from an academic point of view. The group is also interested in promoting multimedia material to expand the knowledge of this historical period and in promoting smart destinations connected with our History.

Three main publications:

  1. Beltrán Gandullo, Milagros (2019): “Una aproximación empírico descriptiva sobre la Prensa de lengua alemana y sobre sus redactores-corresponsales en el contexto de la Primera Guerra Carlista (1833-1840)”. Aportes, vol 34, nº100.
  2. Pauquet, Alain (2019): “Le Phare de Bayonne, un journal frontalier face à la Première guerre carliste (novembre 1834-mai 1836. Aportes. Vol 34, nº100 (2019)
  3. Sara Izquierdo y Ángel Bartolomé: “Pilares para la divulgación en Humanidades: Geografía, tecnologías digitales y comunicación” en Historia, pensamiento y humanismo actual. Libro homenaje al profesor Federico Martínez Roda, Valencia: Universidad de Valencia, 2019

On-going research grants:

Research Project Description:

The Iberian Peninsula became the center of press attention during the period between 1828 and 1840 as a consequence of the international character that the Portuguese Civil War (1828-1834) and the First Carlist War (1833-1840) acquired. In Portugal, the Miguelista War fought about the royal succession showed the persistence of the conflict between constitutionalists and absolutists. Shortly thereafter, in Spain, the death of Fernando VII, led to another civil war in which, although ostensibly about issues of dynastic legitimacy, also involved a deeper conflict about political identity. The international support received by the contestants explain the presence of international journalists and correspondents working for different newspapers, especially British and French, but also writing in German during these civil wars in the Iberian Peninsula. The Peninsula turned into a protagonist of European information interest which justifies conducting research on the role played by these first "war correspondents".

With this research we seek to revise the established academic consensus that has traditionally placed W.H Russell as the first "war correspondent" after the coverage he provided on the Crimean War of 1856 for The Times.

Based on previous and ongoing research by our Group, we have identified chronicles that would place the birth of "war correspondents" in the Peninsular territory, twenty years before the commonly accepted date.

This would evidence the full integration of the Iberian states in the communicative, social and political European circuits. This project connects with the most current advances in the field of Digital Humanities: It proposes strategic developments that follow the routes of these pioneers of reporterism (Honan, Gruneisen, Walton ...) to provide an extra value to regions and rural sites of the Iberian Peninsula that became the scene of these civil conflicts, working to stimulate their transformation into Smart Destinations.



History, Carlism, Press, Correspondents, Smart Destinations.


Candidate's profile:

Highly enthusiastic and independent person. Fluency in English, French and Spanish. Digital competencies (ArcGIS Online, SPSS, datum WGS84-World Geodetic System). Graduate in History, Journalism or Communication.

Application, documents to be submitted:

A short CV (Max. 2 pages).

A one-page research proposal.

A short statement explaining why CEU would be the best host institution for your research.

☒ Two letters of reference.




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