EducationPh.D., The University of Greenwich, 2017MFA, The University of Iowa, 2021 MA, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2010 Licenciada en Historia del Arte, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España, 2008
About Professor Fernandez-Fontecha
Leticia Fernández-Fontecha is a social and cultural historian and a writer, specialising in the histories of medicine, emotions and childhood, and the medical humanities. Her recent projects have focused on the experience of childhood during the Spanish Civil War and the impact of humanitarian ideas on the future of education in Spain. Currently her work considers the politics of motherhood and the power and authority behind cultural scripts of expression, conceptual usages, and emotional practices.
Dr. Fernández-Fontecha's publications include ¡Y todavía dibujan! 60 dibujos de niños de la Guerra Civil (La Uña Rota, 2019), and A favor o en contra: Autores británicos y norteamericanos se pronuncian sobre la guerra civil española (La uña rota, 2021). As a poet, she has published La piel o el cuerpo (Pre-textos, 2018), which won the XXXII Unicaja Poetry Prize.
Her articles have appeared in English and Spanish in several books (University of Illinois Press; Routledge; Oxford University Press) and in magazines such as Ahora, ABC, or El Mundo. Her research and creative writing has been supported by various scholarships (Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Scholarship, 2020-2022; Iowa Arts Fellow, 2019-2021; University of Greenwich, 2013-2017; Residencia de Estudiantes, 2011-2012; Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2007-2009). She has completed postdoctoral and research stays at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Columbia University, and López Piñero Inter-university Institute.
Publications, Articles, & Presentations
A favor o en contra: Autores británicos y norteamericanos se pronuncian sobre la guerra civil española (La uña rota, 2021)
¡Y todavía dibujan! 60 dibujos de niños de la Guerra Civil (La Uña Rota, 2019).
La piel o el cuerpo, (Pre-textos, 2018).
Articles and Book Chapters
‘The Language of Children’s Pain (1870-1950)’, Emotional Bodies: Studies on the Historical Performativity of Emotions, eds. Dolores Martin Moruno and Beatriz Pichel (Urbana- Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2019).
‘Little Patients: Photography and the Configuration of the Sick Child at the turn of the Nineteenth Century’, Childhood, Literature and Science: Child Figures as Fragile Subjects, ed. Jutta Ahlbeck (London: Routledge, 2017).
‘Children, War and Propaganda: Photography and the Performance of Pain during the Second World War’, Body between Materiality and Power, ed. Nasheli Jimenez (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).
‘Signs, legibility and diagnosis: The problem of pain in childhood, 1870- 1920’, Cuadernos de historia contemporánea, 34, (2014).
Pain: A Very Short Introduction, Rod Boddice, Social History of Medicine, 2017.
Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-World and British Colonial Contexts 1800- 1950, eds. M.C. Martin, Childhood in the Past, 11, (2017).
Childhood, Youth and Emotions in Modern History, eds. Stephanie Olsen, Childhood in the Past, 10, (2017).
Children, Spaces and Identity, eds. Margarita Sánchez Romero, Childhood in the Past, 9, (2016).
The Formation of the Child in Early Modern Spain, eds. Grace Coolidge, Childhood in the Past, 8, (2015).
Awards & Honors
XXXII Unicaja Poetry Prize