Mathilde Albisson

Researcher

Censorship and Dissent

Biography

Mathilde Albisson holds a PhD in Hispanic Studies from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow of the Belgian Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) at the Catholic University of Louvain. From 2022 to 2024 she was a “Juan de la Cierva” posdoctoral fellow at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has previously taught at the University of Montpellier 3 and the Sorbonne Nouvelle. Since 2016 she has been a member of the SR and the Centre de Recherche sur l’Espagne des XVIe et XVIIe siècles (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and has been participating in a competitive research project on the reception of the Reformation in Spain, funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche.

Her main research interest is the Cultural History of Modern Spain, with a particular focus on book censorship. Within this area, she studies the mechanisms of the censorship system, the ways in which censors judged texts and their attitudes towards different categories of books. She has also studied the impact of inquisitorial censorship on the circulation and the trade of books in Spain, as well as the relationship between the production of the Index and the 16th century trend toward the compilation of knowledge. In relation to these topics, she has published fifteen academic articles and book chapters, as well as a book, El proceso al libro: la censura inquisitorial en la España del siglo XVII (Cátedra, 2024) and edited a volume, Los agentes de la censura en la España de los siglos XVI y XVII (Peter Lang, 2022).