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Research projects
Principal Investigator(s)
Fina Birulés Bertrán
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Josefina Goberna Tricas
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
Research Team
María José Agra Romero
(Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
,
Emilia Bea Pérez
(Universitat de València)
,
Elvira Burgos Díaz
(Universidad de Zaragoza)
,
Neus Campillo Iborra
(Universitat de València)
,
Gemma Cazorla Ortiz
(Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Silvia Costa Abós
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Marisa Forcina
(Università del Salento)
,
À. Lorena Fuster Peiró
(ADHUC-Fundació Bosch i Gimperà)
,
Neus Garriga Comas
(Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Georgina González Rabassó
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Elena Laurenzi
(Università del Salento)
,
María Dolors Molas Font
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Carmen Gloria Revilla Guzmán
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Rosa Rius Gatell
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Edgar Straehle Porras
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
Predoctoral research staff in training
Teresa Hoogeveen González
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Pau Matheu Ribera
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Andrea Pérez Fernández
(ADHUC-Universitat de Barcelona)
Collaborating staff
Stefania Fantauzzi
(Seminari Filosofia i Gènere)
Summary

This project further elaborates the research done in previous projects, the objectives of which was to determine the features of women’s original contribution to 20th-century philosophy. In this new stage, it will further investigate the subject of violence and vulnerability in the work of early 20th-century thinkers. To do this, two different paths will be explored: first, the ideas of these philosophers will be confronted with current debates about contemporary manifestations of violence and vulnerability; second, a historical-philosophical genesis of the ideas of feminine fragility and vulnerability will be outlined. The theoretical and conceptual tools derived from our research will be compared with the analysis of clinical care treatments on women’s bodies as a place where different forms of violence intersect. This project poses, for the first time, the challenge of directly approximating feminine philosophical thought to professional and political sectors such as public health, and, for this purpose, includes professionals of these sectors in its team.

  1. To make a theoretical-critical scientific contribution from a gender perspective to the debates on violence and vulnerability.
  2. To further elaborate the knowledge on the various forms of violence and sustained dependence to which women are exposed through the paradigm of vulnerability, with particular attention to the context of health.
  3. To compile and analyze the texts in which the concerns about material and symbolic violence and vulnerability in the works of Arendt, Hersch, Murdoch, Weil and Zambrano surfaces. To study the works of authors of the first modernity (Moderata Fonte, Christine de Pizan) as antecedents of the resignification strategy of the topos of feminine fragility.
  4. To compare the women-philosophers under study with contemporary debates on violence, more specifically with: 1) contemporary authors that reflect on violence in terms of vulnerability (Butler; Di Cesare; Nancy among others); 2) feminist theorists such as Collin, List, Duden, Merchant, Fox Keller, Haraway, Corea or Butler, who reflect on the power exercised by science, the law or the marked on women’s bodies.
  5. To further develop, through the narratives of women recently assisted in healthcare, the elements which generate violence that contribute to an alienating and disrespectful assistance and to a negative experience of the healthcare process, using the paradigm of vulnerability.