My main field of research is related to the primary sources for the study of Medieval and Renaissance Iberian literatures and cultures, especially what we called ‘Poesía de cancionero’ (Songbook Poetry) written in Spanish. Other research lines I am involved with are Spanish vernacular Humanism, nobility’s patronage of Spanish culture, and the Islamic, Hebrew, and Christian background of medieval Iberia. I seek to show how medieval literature, especially poetry, must be studied within the context of the political and social culture from which it emerges. My research is also focused on the role of gender and racial issues in the construction of authorship, in particular the role of both women and Jewish and converso writers, in the midst of the turmoil of the 15th-16th centuries.
I have been involved in Digital Humanities since 1999, when I joined ADMYTE
. Later on, in 2002, I joined the PhiloBiblon
Project as a Junior Assistant; I currently serve there as Co-Director of BETA
(Bibliografía Española de Textos Antiguos
) and collaborator of both BITECA
(Bibliografia de textos antics catalans, valencians i balears
) and BIPA
(Bibliografía de la Poesía Áurea
). I have also the pleasure of being the Director of the PhiloBiblon Seminar
, a workshop in which we train students in our database and methods. The first two editions
of this Seminar were held at San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja under the patronage of Cilengua; the third edition
was celebrated in June 2017 at the Biblioteca Nacional de España
, Madrid. The fourth edition, in June 2018, had one more session at Biblioteca Marqués de Valdecilla
(UCM), aside from the one at BNE. This will be also the format of the forthcoming fifth edition
, to be held June 19-20, 2019 at both BNE and UCM.
A few years ago I began to write a blog
in which I am trying to spread both my research and my teaching to the general public, for I consider essential the popularization of the research done as a logical counterweight to the scientific investigations I am currently doing.