Principal investigator


Wolfram Aichinger
Department of Romance Studies, University of Vienna

     › birth stories in parish registers
     › the queen and the midwife: Mariana de Austria and Inés de Ayala


Scientific assistants & Editorial Board

Department of Romance Studies, University of Vienna

Sara Brankovic

     › infanticides in Spain between the 17th and 19th centuries

Hannah Fischer 

     › (female) rhythms and perception of time in Early Modern Spain
     › ancient mythology and childbirth and fertility



Sabrina Grohsebner

     › Representation of midwives
     › Obstetric practices as a root of human sociability
     › The midwife’s hands as keys to her interpretation

Tamara H.

     › Superstitions related to parts of the afterbirth (placenta, umbilical cord, amniotic sac)

Kurt Kriz
University of Vienna

     › Mal de madre
     › Cultural response of reproduction and contraception
     › The "Opiladas" in the Golden Age (women mentioned by different artists of the XVI and XVII
        centuries, who used clay as a dangerous, unhealthy medium for contraception and beauty)

Walpurga Plunger

     › representation of grandparents in parish registers


Associated members & Editorial board

Sally Alexander
University of Vienna
BA in English Medieval History and Landscape Archaelogy at the University of East Anglia in the UK

     › editing and public relations
     › social media manager

Clara Bonet Ponce
Department of Spanish Philology, Universidad Católica de Valencia

     › violence surrounding childbirth (against pregnant women, infanticide, etc.) in theatrical plays
       as well as in other contemporary sources
     › Spanish Golden-Age drama
     › violence, rituals and religion
     › endangered pregnancy in Early Modern Spain

Alice-Viktoria Dulmovits
University of Vienna

     › Cultural and legal history of birth
     › Pregnant widows and posthumously born children
     › Notions of legitimacy, manifestations of mistrust regarding the pregnant Body
     › The impact of the birthing environment

Karin Fuchs
University of Vienna

     › baptismal registers from various parishes in Spain between the 17th and 19th centuries

Nere Jone Intxaustegi Jauregi
Universidad de Deusto

Early Modern Basque and Spanish society and history:

› Kinship (with emphasis on baptism, marriage and death records)
› Divorces (diocesan archives)
› Women & Nuns (public and conventual archives)

Simon Kroll 
University of Trier

     › the function of sonority in Spanish Golden Age theatre and Poetry
     › rhythm and rhyme

Rocío Martínez López
Department of Early Modern History of the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid

     › Succession crises of Early Modern Europe
     › Dynastic and diplomatic relationship between the Spanish and Austrian branches of the
       Habsburg dynasty in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
     › Conflict and defense of royal women's succession rights in the Early Modern Age
     › Political and artistic representation regarding royal fertility, childbirth and their consequences

Hannah Mühlparzer
University of Vienna 

     › birth as death and death as birth in the works of Calderón and El Greco
     › paternal and maternal love in literary birth scenes

Pilar Panero García
Departamento de Antropología, Universidad de Valladolid

     › Patrimonio cultural
     › Religiosidad popular, especialmente la Semana Santa
     › La Literatura desde la antropología cultural, cuyo principal trabajo ha sido su tesis
       sobre la crónica de indias de fray Toribio «Motolinía»

Christian Standhartinger
Austrian State Archives, Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

     › Private letters of empress María Ana de Austria

Marie Stockinger
University of Vienna 

     › children named after their deceased siblings

María Cristina Tabernero Sala
Philology Department, University of Navarra

     › the History of the Spanish language and in geographic and social variation
     › lexicon and sociopragmatic analysis
     › insults of the 16th and 17th centuries as an act of verbal discourtesy

Jesús M. Usunáriz
Modern History in the Department of History, Art History and Geography, University of Navarra
GRISO, Grupo de Investigación del Siglo de Oro

     › Changing social and cultural aspects of the 16th and 17th centuries

Carlos Varea

Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Autonomous University of Madrid
Founder and President of the Spanish Association for the Study of Human Ecology
Co-director of the Virtual Museum of Human Ecology

     › Human Life Cycle

     › bio-demographic change in Mediterranean populations
       (including access to contraception in traditional populations)

     › changes in maternal profile

     › medicalization of childbirth and pregnancy outcome

     › impact of inequality on human biology, both in historical perspective
       (in relation to anthropometric indicators) and in the current population associated with
       the economic crisis (perinatal indicators)