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CIRGEN presents the database W4W: Writing for Women in the Eighteenth Century, developed by IRTIC

  • June 17th, 2024
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The project "CIRGEN: Circulating Gender in the Global Enlightenment: Ideas, Networks, Agencies" presented the W4W - Writing for Women in the Eighteenth Century database on May 24th at the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Valencia (UV). The tool is part of the web application developed by IRTIC for the action and allows external references to bibliographic material related to the research to be easily incorporated into the descriptions of the catalogued items, so that these works facilitate the registration of elements such as works, whether printed or manuscript, from the Hispanic and Iberian world in which special attention is paid to women authors or translators.

In this sense, CIRGEN studies the circulation of gender models in eighteenth-century Europe and its colonies from a transnational and transatlantic perspective; it also examines translation, sociability, travel, reading and the culture of sensibility, and highlights the capacity for action of individuals and the legacy of the Enlightenment. The initiative, led by UV Professor of Modern History Mónica Bolufer, runs from January 2019 to September 2024 and is funded by the European Research Council.

The IRTIC has participated in this project through a work team, led by Professor Ramón V. Cirilo Gimeno, who has provided the technological component necessary to compile much of the information that supports its implementation. Specifically, the institute's team has generated the aforementioned web application, which allows the researchers to enter all the bibliographic material compiled in the W4W - Writing for Women in the Eighteenth Century database, designed and built specifically for the project.

W4W - Writing for Women in the Eighteenth Century allows for the storage of data on authors and their works, which facilitates the enrichment of information through the results of the research carried out at CIRGEN. The database allows external references to sources, authors, ontologies and geographical locations, which are easily incorporated into the descriptions of the catalogued items.

As a complement to this primary tool, an application has also been developed to consult and exploit the data that has been collected, as one of the objectives of the project is to make the results of the research public and try to reach the widest possible audience. The tool will be available at this address shortly, will be freely accessible and will allow the details of the records that have been worked with in the project to be observed, as well as to examine the research results provided by the researchers as an added value.

Both tools were presented at the end of May at a seminar organised by the project at the Faculty of Geography and History of the UV, where the software was presented by IRTIC researcher Yannick Villaescusa Topper. The event highlighted the good collaboration that has existed between such unrelated areas of research, but which has led to an excellent result in the form of an information system that has been very well received.