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Dr Carlos Conde Solares

Senior Lecturer in Medieval Hispanic Studies; Programme Leader MA and MRes

Department: Humanities

Carlos obtained his PhD in Medieval Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, and was appointed to a lecturership in Hispanic Studies at Northumbria in September 2008.

Carlos is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar, and the Asociación Hispánica de Literatura Medieval. At Northumbria, he is one of the founding members of the Medieval and Early Modern research group.


Campus Address

Lipman 317

0191 2273738


PhD Medieval Hispanic Studies (Queen Mary University of London)

BA + MA (Licenciatura) in Hispanic Philology (Universidad de Oviedo)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Carlos currently works on Late Medieval spirituality, mysticism and the intersections between secular and divine love. His focus is on the Semitic traditions responsible for the poetics and doctrines of divine inspiration in Late Medieval Iberia. In particular, Carlos investigates the courtly traditions of a Neoplatonic inspiration. He places the mystics of the Counter-Reformation in a Semitic tradition that ranges from Provençal roots to Biblical commentary, lay literary theories and heterodox movements, spiritual practices and devotional systems. Historically, his focus is usually on the 15th century.

Current/Recent Projects

Carlos co-organised the 61st Annual Conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (4-6 April 2016). Northumbria is the first post-92 University to host this, the most prestigious of research conferences in the field of Hispanic Studies in the UK.

Carlos also co-organised the 1st Durham – Northumbria Colloquium on Medieval and Golden Age Hispanic Studies, which took place at Northumbria in July 2015, as part of the newly set up Medieval Hispanic Studies consortium of the Universities of Durham and Northumbria.

Carlos has been appointed external examiner of a doctoral thesis read at the Universidad de Navarra, in Spain, and is a reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council and for several academic journals.

Carlos also collaborated with the Department of Culture of the Government of Navarra as part of the 1212-1512-2012 anniversary events, to which he contributed with a monograph.

Key Publications

Carlos Conde Solares, forthcoming. La espiritualidad cristiana en la España del siglo XV: Cortesía y monasticismo.

Carlos Conde Solares & Lesley Twomey, eds., forthcoming in 2018. Tracing the Oral in Medieval Spain (Liverpool: Bulletin of Hispanic Studies Special Issue).

Carlos Conde Solares, forthcoming in 2018. ‘La dimensión moral musulmana de la espiritualidad ibérica: el sufismo inherente al canon místico’, Al-Qantara, 39: 2.

Carlos Conde Solares, 2018. ‘Palacios de cristal, patios interiores, árboles devocionales: simbología y espacios compartidos entre el sufismo andalusí y la mística del Carmelo’, Anaquel de Estudios Árabes, 29.

Carlos Conde Solares, 2017. El canon heterodoxo de la gran mística hispánica (Oviedo: Universidad de Oviedo - Ediuno).

Carlos Conde Solares, 2013. ‘A Late Medieval Knight Reflecting on his Public Life: Hugo de Urriés (c. 1405 – c.1493), Diplomacy and Translating the Classics’, Imago Temporis-Medium Aevum 7 (1).

Carlos Conde Solares, 2013. ‘Men Who Talk About Love in Late Medieval Spain: Hugo de Urriés and Egalitarian Married Life’, New Readings 13 (1).

Carlos Conde Solares, 2011. ‘Social Continuity and Religious Coexistence : The Muslim Community of Tudela in Navarre before the Expulsion of 1516’, Continuity and Change: a Journal of Social Structure, Law and Demography in Past Societies, 26 (3).

Carlos Conde Solares, 2009. El Cancionero de Herberay y la corte literaria del Reino de Navarra (Newcastle: Arts and Social Sciences Academic Press).

Carlos Conde Solares & Leticia Iglesia Pedronzo, trans. 2007. Anthony Close, Cervantes y la mentalidad cómica de su tiempo (Alcalá: Instituto de Estudios Cervantinos).

Accordion Item

Modules that he teaches include:

  • Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Inquisition and Discovery: Myths and Realities of Late Medieval Spain
  • Your Graduate Future
  • Mystics, Deviants and Satanists: Unorthodox Thinking in the Age of the Inquisition
  • Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies 6

Funding Awards and Fellowships

Involved in a number of AHRC, Leverhulme and Spanish Ministerio de Cultura collective bids and projects, and recipient of the below awards:

  • British Academy, 2016. PI for the project ‘Mapping and scoping MFLs in the UK Higher Education System’, with Oliver Moss, Lesley Twomey and Irene Hardill. PI, £11,000.
  • Government of Navarre ‘Ayudas a la edición’: El Cancionero de Herberay y la corte literaria del Reino de Navarra. Submission ranked #1 of 187, PI, £4,000.
  • AHRC doctoral award (2006-09), PI, £9,900.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar
  • Universities of Durham and Northumbria Medieval Consortium
  • Asociación Hispánica de Literatura Medieval


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