Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow
from September 2016 to August 2018
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Postal address: Department of History and Civilization | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy
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Liaison professor: L. Downs
Dominika Gruziel holds a PhD degree from Central European University. Her doctoral dissertation examined the mobilization and agenda of Polish Roman Catholic female laity in Partitioned Poland during the transnational culture wars between 1878 and 1914. After obtaining her doctoral degree she acted as a visiting faculty at the Gender Studies Department in Central European University as well as was involved in several comparative research projects in the area of social policies and gender equality in non-profit and profit oriented entities (e.g. CEU Center for Policy Studies, the Budapest Institute). Her current research interests include modern history, social history, history of gender and women’s movements, religious studies, and the histories and theories of social movements mobilization.
Roman Catholic Laywomen’s Examination of Habit as a Vehicle for Developing Modern pious Womanhood, 1878-1914
The project examines the meanings of habitual mental and bodily practices in the nineteenth century Catholic laywomen’s writings and social initiatives and further interprets those women’s interest in habit as part of the broader contemporary intellectual, scientific, and socio-cultural inquisitiveness in routinized actions. The research employs a transnational approach privileging individuals, networks, debates and events in France, Germany and Partitioned Poland between 1878-1914. The first objective of the project is to demonstrate that the nineteenth century Catholic laywomen’s engagement with the concept of habit was crucial for launching the project of modern Catholic womanhood. I understand the latter as the model of a pious woman who explicitly manifested her religiosity in a public sphere through meticulously designed secular actions. The second objective is to demonstrate that the project of Catholic modern womanhood via the interest in habit took the Catholic female reformers beyond the nineteenth century gender wars and culture wars (so far the main explanatory frameworks of those women’s actions) and located them at the center of the modern anxiety about the limits of human freedom, agency, and self-sufficiency – benchmarks of modern subjectivity. This part of the project links the Catholic female laity’s writings and initiatives to the broader nineteenth century theological, philosophical and scientific focus on habit as well as to specific forms of mental and bodily regimes.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 708008