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Catherine Marie Jaffe
Texas State University - San Marcos (San Marcos, TX 78666-4684)
A History of the Women’s Council of the Royal Madrid Economic Society (1787-1823): Women, Enlightenment, and Philanthropy

Research and preparation for a book of on the philanthropic contributions of Spanish women in the 18th-century Enlightenment.

I will produce a collaborative book with U.S. and Spanish historians and literary scholars on the history of the Junta de Damas de Honor y Mérito de la Sociedad Económica Matritense (the Women’s Council of Honor and Merit of the Royal Madrid Economic Society), a philanthropic organization of elite women founded in 1787 to promote enlightened reform of institutions for poor women and children. I will work two months summer 2019 in archives in Madrid to complete my chapter on the women’s writings as a projection of a collective, feminine Enlightened identity. I will edit the chapters and write the introduction with my Spanish co-editor, a historian, and consult with other historians. The book shows that the Junta made a compelling contribution to the Enlightenment, to women’s history, and to the history of feminism. It will expand scholars’ knowledge of Spanish women’s contributions to Enlightenment, especially for readers without access to scholarship published in Spanish.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; Spanish Literature; Women's History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 6/30/2019