Historian Rosa Maria Alabrús

Rosa Maria Alabrús, born on this day in 1960, is a historian who focuses her studies on the social history of Early Modern Spain.

She has published various essays and books, for example the one in which she analyzes the significance of Catalan women who took part in the War of the Spanish Succession on the Habsburg side, from 1706 to 1714. She characterizes this article as ‘an attempt of social history on the role of women in early eighteenth century Catalan society’.

Subjects related to women and religion are also a focus of her studies, such as ‘The suffering of domestic violence and the convent as a space for freedom: the case of Suor Angela Serafina’.

Her latest book ‘Razones y emociones femeninas’ (‘Female Reasons and Emotions’) concerns nun Hipólita de Rocabertí and Catalan religious women in the 16th and 17th century.

Photo: UAO CEU

Cultural awards for four women

This morning the six winners of the ‘Premis Nacionals de Cultura 2019’ (National Cultural Awards) have been announced, among them four women.

It concerns publisher and literary translator French-Catalan Maria Bohigas (Victor Hugo, Albert Camus, Michel Houellebecq, Marguerite Duras), chef Carme Ruscalleda, composer and pianist Clara Peya (jazz, pop, chamber music), and art historian and ambassador of Catalan vanguard art in Catalunya Nord (Southern France) Josefina Matamoros (promotor of cultural projects in Perpignan and Cotlliure and director of the Musée d’art moderne in Céret).

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Clara Peya

In this 44th edition the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i les Arts (National Council of Culture and Art) that issues the awards, has based its decisions on ‘excellence and innovation, as well as a comprehensive vision of Catalan territory and an extensive representation of generations’.

At the same time it means a recognition of popular as well as vanguard culture, focussing especially on the fundamental role of women in Catalan culture.

The presentation of the awards will take place on 4 July in the Teatre L’Artesà of El Prat de Llobregat.

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