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. From the fourth edition on forward, June 2018 and June 2019
, the Seminar had one more session at Biblioteca Marqués de Valdecilla
(UCM), aside from the one at BNE. Because of the well-known circumstances related to the spread of the coronavirus, the sixth edition was held online
, June 24-26th, 2020, and the forthcoming seventh edition will be also held online
on June 29-30th, 2021. We aim to return to the usual structure of our seminar next year.
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 my research as a counterweight to its scientific essence.