Professor Richard Cleminson

Professor Richard Cleminson

Profile

History of Sexuality in Iberia, 1850 to the present; the anarchist movement in Spain; the history of homosexuality, eugenics, nudism, technology and sexuality and hermaphroditism.

Profile

I am Professor of Hispanic Studies and work at the intersection between Gender and Sexuality Studies and History with a particular interest in how science and culture interact in Iberia. To this end, I have published on scientific and sexological theories of sexuality, particularly with respect to the cultural and scientific construction of male homosexuality in Spain, hermaphroditism in Iberia and the reception of eugenics in Spain and Portugal. My most recent book is on the history of eugenics in Portugal, deriving from an AHRC Research Fellowship in 2012. My most recent major project, also AHRC-funded, focused on the dialogue between anarchism and eugenics in five countries.

I supervise numerous PhDs and Masters by Research, including work on anarchism in the Spanish Civil War, the Spanish republican educational project and sports, LGBTQ matters in Russia, anticlericalism in France and women's writing in Mexico.

Selected Publications

Books

Catholicism, Race and Empire: Eugenics in Portugal, 1900-1950 (Budapest/New York: Central European University Press, 2014)

Sex, Identity and Hermaphrodites in Iberia, 1500-1800 (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013) (with F. Vázquez Garca).

Los hermafroditas. Medicina e identidad sexual en Espaa (1850-1960) (Granada: Editorial Comares, 2012) (with F. Vázquez Garca)

Anarchism and Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power (Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 2011) (edited with Jamie Heckert)

'Los Invisibles'. Una historia de la homosexualidad en España, 1850-1939 (Granada: Editorial Comares, 2011) (with F. Vázquez Garca)

Hermaphroditism, Medical Science and Sexual Identity in Spain, 1850-1960 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2009) (with F. Vázquez Garca)

Anarquismo y sexualidad (España, 1900-1939) (Cadiz: University of Cadiz, 2008)

'Los Invisibles': A History of Male Homosexuality in Spain, 1850-1939 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007) (with F. Vázquez Garca)

Techno-Sexual Landscapes: Changing Relations between Technology and Sexuality (London: Free Association Books, 2004) (with ngel Gordo Lpez)

La educación intercultural. Un reto en el presente de Europa/Intercultural Education: A Present-Day Challenge for Europe (Madrid: Comunidad de Madrid, 2002) (Ana Carmen del Canto, Angel Gordo López & Antonio Muñoz Sedano (eds.))

Anarchism, Science and Sex: Eugenics in Eastern Spain, 1900-1937 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2000)

Anarquismo y homosexualidad (Madrid: Huerga y Fierro, 1995)

Edited Journal Monographs

"Sujetos frágiles: the fragility of the liberal subject in the modern Hispanic world", Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 22(1), 2016 (edited with Gregorio Alonso)

"Queer in Portugal: History, identity and future", International Journal of Iberian Studies, 29(2), 2016

"Anarchism and Sexuality", International Journal of Iberian Studies, 24(3), 2012 (edited with Gwendolyn Windpassinger)

"La Mala Vida", Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 10(4), 2009 (with Teresa Fuentes Peris) (contains article "Transnational Discourse on the 'Mala Vida': Male Homosexuality in Madrid, Buenos Aires and Barcelona in the Early Twentieth Century", pp. 461-483

"Alternative Discourses in Early Twentieth-century Spain: Intellectuals, Dissent and Sub-cultures of Mind and Body", Bulletin of Spanish Studies, LXXXI(6), 2004 (with Alison Sinclair)

"Anarchism and Sexuality", Anarchist Studies, 8, 2000.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

"«Los/as nuestros/as»: feminidades y masculinidades contestatarias en Memoria de unos ojos pintados", in Henar Gallego Franco (ed.), Feminidades y masculinidades en la historiografía del género (Granada, 2018), pp. 25-43

"Iberian eugenics? Cross-overs and contrasts between Spanish and Portuguese eugenics, 1930-1950", Dynamis, 37(1), 2017, pp. 89-110

"Between Germanic and Latin eugenics: Portugal, 1930-1960", Histria, Cincia, Sade - Manguinhos, 27, supplement, 2016, pp. 73-91 (http://www.scielo.br/pdf/hcsm/v23s1/0104-5970-hcsm-23-s1-0073.pdf)

"'A New World in Our Hearts' - Anarchism and the Spanish Civil War", in Lancashire Association of Trades Union Councils (ed.), North East Lancashire and the Spanish Civil War (Accrington: Lancashire Association of Trades Union Councils, 2016), pp. 35-63

"La diferenciación de los sexos y la 'masculinidad crtica'", in Marie-Hlne Soubeyroux and Mnica Zapata (eds.), Miradas sobre una una polifactica. Homenaje a Jean-Louis Guerea (Paris: Indigo, 2016), pp. 321-337

"Sexo, identidad y hermafroditas en la España de la Ilustración", in Marie-Hlne Soubeyroux and Mnica Zapata (eds.), Miradas sobre una una polifacética. Homenaje a Jean-Louis Guerea (Paris: Indigo, 2016), pp. 339-368 (with F. Vázquez Garca)

"Liberal governmentality in Spain: bodies, minds, and the medical construction of the “outsider,” 1870–1910", Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 22(1), 2016, pp. 23-40

"'Simulando assim a cópula normal' – sapphists, tribades, fricatrixes and lesbians: Between biomedical taxonomical categories and identity in Portugal (1895–1930)", International Journal of Iberian Studies, 29(2), 2016, pp. 113-133 (with Francisco Molina Artaloytia)

"Consumerism, Gender Diversity and Moralization of Sexuality in the Iberian 1960s", in Kostis Kornetis, Eirini Kotsovili and Nikolaos Papadogiannis (eds.), Consumption and Gender in Southern Europe since the long 1960s (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), pp. 59-84 (with R.M. Medina-Domnech)

"Die Konstruktion von Maskulinität in der spanischen Arbeiterbewegung: eine Studie zur Revista Blanca (1923-1936)", trans. Andreas Förster, in Philippe Kellermann (ed.), Anarchismus und Geschlechterverhältnisse, vol. I (Hessen: Edition AV, 2016), pp. 113-140

"The purification of vice: early Francoism, moral crusade, and the barrios of Granada, 1936-1951)", Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 16(1), 2015, pp. 95-114 (with Claudio Hernández Burgos)

"Portugal", entry in "Eugenics Archives", Center for Genetics and Society, http://eugenicsarchive.ca/discover/world/54494b4ad861fb0000000008

"La construction de la masculinité au sein du mouvement ouvrier espagnol: une étude de La Revista Blanca (1923-1936)", in Jean-Louis Guereña (ed.), Sexualits occidentales XVIIIe-XXIe sicles (Tours: Presses universitaires François-Rabelais, 2014), pp. 93-75

"Female Masculinity on Stage: Young Man! and the Subversion of gender Roles", in Rafael M. Mérida-Jiménez (ed.), Hispanic (LGT) Masculinities in Transition (New York: Peter Lang, 2014), pp. 177-187 (with Carlos Pons)

"The queer margins of Spanish cities, 1939-2010", in Matt Cook & Jennifer V. Evans (eds.), Queer Cities, Queer Cultures: Europe since 1945 (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 15-35 (with Rosa Mara Medina Domnech & Isabel Vlez)

"The Social Significance of Homosexual Scandals in Spain in the Late Nineteenth Century", Journal of the History of Sexuality, 23(3), 2014, pp. 358-382 (with Pura Fernndez and Francisco Vázquez Garca)

"La prensa alternativa durante la Transición y la recepción de la cuestión 'homosexual': un estudio de El Viejo Topo y Ajoblanco", in Rafael M. Mérida (ed.), Minorías sexuales en España (1970-1975) (Barcelona: Icaria, 2013), pp. 67-87

"The History and Future of Psychotherapy and Alternative Health-Related Practices: Lessons from the Past and from the Present", Psychotherapy and Politics International, 11(3), 2013, pp. 195-2009 (with John Lees)

"Medical understandings of the body: 1750 to the present", in S. Toulalan and K. Fisher (eds.), The Routledge History of Sex and the Body 1500 to the Present (London/New York: Routledge, 2013), p. 75-88

"Entre los 'vicios genésicos' y la normalización de la homosexualidad: A Vida Sexual de Egas Moniz", Ayer. Revista de Historia Contemporánea, 87(3), 2012, pp. 67-88 (with Francisco Molina Artaloytia)

"The Construction of Masculinity in the Spanish Labour Movement: A Study of the Revista Blanca (1923-36)", International Journal of Iberian Studies,24(3), 2012, pp. 210-217

"Felipe Alaiz, Iberian Federalism and the Making of the Anarchist Intellectual", Historia Social y de la Educación, 1(2), 2012, pp.  153-171

"Traces of Eugenic Thought in the Work of Egas Moniz", Portuguese Studies, 28(1), 2012, pp. 63-76 (with Luís Souto)

"The Hermaphrodite, Fecundity and Military Efficiency: Dangerous Subjects in the Emerging Liberal Order of Nineteenth-Century Spain", in K. Fisher and S. Toulalan (eds.), Bodies, Sex and Desire from the Renaissance to the Present (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 70-86 (with Francisco Vázquez Garca)

"La obra sexológica del Dr. Martín de Lucenay: entre el conocimiento científico y la recepcin popular de la ciencia sexológica en España a principios del siglo XX", in Jean-Louis Guereña (ed.), La sexualidad en la España contemporánea (1800-1950) (Cadiz: Universidad de Cádiz, 2011), pp. 163-188

"Ethics, relationships and power: an introduction", in Jamie Heckert & Richard Cleminson (eds.) Anarchism and Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power (Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 1-22 (with Jamie Heckert)

"Eugenics in Portugal, 1900-1950: Setting a Research Agenda", East Central Europe, 38(1), 2011, pp. 133-154

"L'Histoire de la Sexualité en Espagne (1870-1939): état présent et recherches futures", Lectures du genre, 7, 2011 (ISSN 1958-5136) (http://www.lecturesdugenre.fr/Lectures_du_genre_7/Cleminson.html).

"Subjectivities in Transition: Gender and sexual identities in cases of 'sex change' and 'hermaphroditism' in Spain, c. 1500-1800", History of Science, xlviii, 2010, pp. 1-38 (with F. Vzquez Garca)

"Spanish anti-fascist 'prisoners of war' in Lancashire, 1944-46", International Journal of Iberian Studies, 22(3), 2009, pp. 163-183.

"Breasts, Hormones and Hair: The Anatomy of Gender Difference in Spain, 1880-1940", Bulletin of Spanish Studies, LXXXVI(5), 2009, 627-652 (with F. Vázquez Garca)

"Eugenics without the state: anarchism in Catalonia, 1900-1937", Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 39, 2008, pp. 232-239.

"'La antorcha extinguida', la Bohemia y la disidencia sexual en España, principios del siglo XX", in "Espais de Bohèmia. Actrius, Cupletistes i ballarines", Dossiers Feministes (Castellón), 10, 2008, pp. 51-60

"El nacimiento del invertido criminal en la España contemporánea (1850-1931)", in L. R. Ruiz & M. J. Ruiz (eds.), Arte y crimen. Amores, pasiones, creación y destrucción (Cadiz: Diputación de Cádiz, 2007), pp. 37-45

"'"A century of civilization under the influence of eugenics": Dr. Enrique Diego Madrazo, socialism and scientific progress'", Dynamis, 26, 2006, pp. 221-251.

"'Instancias de biopolítica en España, siglos XX y XXI'", in J. Ugarte (ed), La administración de la vida: Estudios biopolíticos, (Rubí: Anthropos), 2005, pp. 127-152.

"Making Sense of the Body: Anarchism, Nudism and Subjective Experience", Bulletin of Spanish Studies, LXXXI (6), 2004, pp. 697-716.

"The Significance of the 'Fairy' for the Cultural Archaeology of Same-Sex Male Desire in Spain, 1850-1930", Sexualities, 7(4), 2004, pp. 412-429.

"El libro Homosexualidad del Dr. Martín de Lucenay: entre el conocimiento científico y la recepción pública de la ciencia sexológica en España a principios del siglo XX", Hispania. Revista Española de Historia , 218, 2004, pp. 961-986.

External Positions  

MRes or PhD External Examinerships: University of Cadiz (2005, 2007), University of Glamorgan (2005), University of Oviedo (2007), University of Glamorgan (2008), La Laguna University, Gran Canaria (2009), University of Granada (2013), Universitat Autnoma de Barcelona (2013) 

External Examiner for Catalan, Queen Mary, University of London (2010-2014)

Associate Editor, Anarchist Studies.

Editorial Board Member, Dynamis. Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam, Ex quo: Revista da Associação Portuguesa de Estudos sobre as Mulheres, International Journal of Iberian Studies, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Journal of Iberian and Latin American StudiesTeknokultura, among others. 

Honorary Positions Held

Was Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of the History of Medicine and Pathological Anatomy at the University of Granada, 2003-4.

Major Research Projects and Grants

Wellcome Trust Award in the History of Medicine, 2002-3

Male, Female or In-Between? The Science of Hermaphroditism in Spain, 1850-1960, AHRC Research Leave, September-December 2007.

Eugenics in Portugal, 1900-1960, AHRC Research Fellowship, October 2011-July 2012

Anarchism and Eugenics: A Seeming Paradox, 1890-1940, AHRC Research Fellowship, December 2015-May 2017

Postgraduate Research Supervision

History of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America

Spanish Cultural Studies

Anarchism, theory and practice

Research interests

I work at the intersection between Gender and Sexuality Studies and History with a particular interest in how science and culture interact in Iberia. I have published on scientific and sexological theories of sexuality, particularly with respect to the cultural and scientific construction of male homosexuality in Spain, hermaphroditism in Iberia and the reception of eugenics in Spain and Portugal. My most recent book is on the history of eugenics in Portugal, deriving from an AHRC Research Fellowship in 2012.

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Qualifications

  • BA (Hons)
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • AHGBI
  • ACIS
  • ABIL

Student education

I presently teach on a variety modules with cultural and historical elements at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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