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Alvaro Carvajal Castro

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of Archaeology
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

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Email: alvaro.carvajalcastro@ucd.ie

Biography

I am currently an IRC Post-doctoral Fellow working on a research project entitled Theorizing Early Medieval Polities in Western Europe: a Comparative Approach to Ireland, North Western Iberia and Anglo-Saxon England, mentored by Aidan O´Sullivan.

I graduated in History from the University of Salamanca (2008) after having also spent one year in the University of Edinburgh (2006-2007).

In 2009 I was awarded an FPU grant funded by the Ministry of Education of Spain to pursue doctoral studies. I was working in the University of Salamanca until July 2013. Even though I mainly focused on my research, I was also able to develop teaching skills, lecturing in undergraduate modules and organizing seminars.

My research has focused on the study of state formation processes in North-Western Iberia between the 9th and the 11th centuries. In my MA thesis (2010) I focused on one particular region, the basin of the river Carrión, in order to analyse the different ways in which territories and aristocratic groups were integrated into the political structures of the kingdom of Asturias-León. I develop this further in my PhD Thesis (2013), in which I studied how the political structures of the kingdom of Asturias were imposed on the western lands of the Duero plateau and how they were later transformed. Some parts of this still ongoing research have already been published in different peer-reviewed journals. During my PhD, and thanks to the financial support of the Spanish Ministry of Education, the University of Salamanca and Birkbeck College London, I was able to spent some months researching in Oxford (2011) and Birkbeck College London (2012).

I have been member of the ATAEMHIS Research Group and I am currently member of two research projects of international scope. The first one, whose principle investigator is Iñaki Martín Viso and which is funded by the Ministry of Economy of Spain (Ref. HAR2010-21950-C03-02), focuses on the study of rock-cut graves as evidence for the study of local identities and local dynamics in Central Iberia in the early Middle Ages. The second one, entitled Rex Nunquam Moritur, coordinated by Karolina Mroziewicz and Aleksander Sroczyński and funded Ministry of Research and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland, aims to develop a multidisciplinary critical reappraisal of E. Kantorowicz´s The Kings Two Bodies


Even though my research has mainly focused on the study of charters and other documentary sources, I regard archaeology as fundamental for our understanding of the past. Throughout the years I have participated in archaeological excavations, mainly of early medieval contexts. An important part of my research lies now within the field of archaeology, though my project is based on a multidisciplinary approach to the early medieval past.

For two years I was the president of the Asociación de Jóvenes Historiadores, of which I am still a member. The association organizes a yearly conference (Congreso de Jóvenes Historiadores) among other research activities, and collaborates in the edition of the electronic journal El Futuro del Pasado.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2009.
Title: FPU PhD Fellowship (Ministry of Education of Spain)
Year: 2010.
Title: Premio de Grado (Universidad de Salamanca)

Associations

Association: Asociación de Jóvenes Historiadores, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2015) The contested body of the king: negotiating power and authority in royal assemblies in León (10th-11th c.). [Oral Presentation], The Anatomy of Political Bodies, Warsaw (Poland) , 17-APR-15 - 18-APR-15.
Carvajal Castro (2015) State formation within the localities: a comparative approach to land management and productive processes in the kingdoms of Brega (Ireland), Mercia (England) and Asturias-León (NW Spain). [Oral Presentation], International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (Michigan, USA) , 13-MAY-15 - 16-MAY-15.
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2015) A Kingdom with No Frontier: On the Political Identity of the Astur-Leonese Monarchy, 9th-11th Centuries. [Oral Presentation], International Medieval Congress, Leeds (UK) , 06-JUL-15 - 09-JUL-15.
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2015) Authority and liability in ninth- and tenth-century Nothwestern Iberia: the evidence from the sanction clauses. [Oral Presentation], Society for the Medieval Mediterranean conference 2015, Lincoln (UK) , 13-JUL-15 - 15-JUL-15.
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2015) Modelling local political communities in early medieval Ireland: a comparative perspective from NW Iberia. [Oral Presentation], Irish Conference of Medievalists, Dublin (Ireland) , 01-JUL-15 - 03-JUL-15.
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2015) Elite territoriality and the development of early medieval states: a comparative approach to Ireland and NW Iberia. [Oral Presentation], 21st Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Glasgow , 02-SEP-15 - 05-SEP-15.
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2014) Guardianas de la memoria, pilares de la monarquía: reinas, infantas y aristócratas en León a principios del siglo XI. [Oral Presentation], Reinas e Infantas en los Reinos Medievales Ibéricos, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela (Spain) , 21-MAY-14 - 23-MAY-14.
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2014) The Astur-Leonese Power and the Localities: Changing Collective Spaces (10th -12th c.). [Oral Presentation], International Medieval Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds (UK) , 07-JUL-14 - 10-JUL-14.
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2013) In suburbio de kastro: castros y centros fortificados en los inicios del proceso de construcción de la monarquía asturleonesa en la cuenca del Duero (mediados del siglo IX¿ mediados del siglo X). [Oral Presentation], I Encontro Ibérico de Jovens Investigadores em Estudos Medievais, Universidade do Miño, Braga (Portugal) , 23-MAY-13 - 24-MAY-13.
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro y Luis Corral, Fernando (2012) Aproximación al estudio de las sociedades locales altomedievales a través del análisis del paisaje en la documentación: el caso de Villobera y Curueño. [Oral Presentation], International Medieval Meeting, Universidad de Lleida, Lleida (Spain) , 26-JUN-12 - 29-JUN-12.
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro; Hernando Álvarez, Clara; De Soto García, Reyes y Tejerizo García, Carlos (2010) El síndrome de Indiana Jones. La imagen social del arqueólogo. [Oral Presentation], III Jornadas en Investigación Arqueológica, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain) , 05-MAY-10 - 07-MAY-10.
 

Employment

Employer: Universidad de Salamanca
Position: Personal Investigador en Formación

Education

Year 2013 Institution: Universidad de Salamanca
Qualification: PhD Subject: Medieval History
Year 2010 Institution: Universidad de Salamanca
Qualification: MA Subject: Medieval History
Year 2008 Institution: Universidad de Salamanca
Qualification: BA Subject: History
     

Journals Edited

El Futuro Del Pasado: Revista Electróncia De Historia: Editorial Board member.
 

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Carvajal Castro, Álvaro and Martín Viso, Iñaki (2013) 'Historias regionales de la repoblación: Los reyes asturleoneses y las políticas de la tierra en el oeste de la meseta del Duero' In: Díaz Martínez, Pablo C., Luis Corral, Fernando and Martín Viso, Iñaki (eds). El historiador y la sociedad. Homenaje al Profesor José Mª. Mínguez. Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca. , pp.39-52 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2015) 'The monarchy and the elites in early medieval León (ninth¿eleventh centuries)'. Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, 7 (2):232-248. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2014) 'In territorio de Carrion in ualle de Quoza: Representación del espacio, identidad y conflicto político en el territorio de Carrión (siglos X-XII)'. Edad Media: Revista de Historia, 15 :217-243. Available Online [Details]
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2014) 'La construcción de una sede regia: León y la identidad política de los reyes asturleoneses en la crónica de Sampiro y en los documentos'. e-Spania, 18 . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2013) 'Sociedad y territorio en el norte de León: Valdoré, los Flaínez y el entorno del Alto Esla (siglos IX-XI)'. Studia Historica: Historica Medieval, 31 :105-131. Available Online [Details]
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2012) 'Superar la frontera: mecanismos de integración territorial entre el Cea y el Pisuerga en el siglo X'. Anuario de Estudios Medievales, 42 (2):601-628. Available Online [Details]
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2012) 'Trascender el espacio de poder. Hacia una caracterización de las escalas de acción en la Alta Edad Media entre las cuencas del Cea y del Pisuerga'. Hispania, 72 (241):367-396. Available Online [Details]
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro; Martín Nieto, Isaac y Sánchez Polo, Alejandra (2011) 'Reflexiones sobre la función social de la Historia: Hobsbawm, Thompson y Kocka'. El Futuro del Pasado: Revista Electróncia de Historia, 2 :265-281. Available Online [Details]
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro and Sánchez Polo, Alejandra (2011) 'Construir ciudad. La acción local como vía de transferencia del conocimiento histórico: El caso de Salamanca'. ArkeoGazte, 1 :71-86. Available Online [Details]
Carvajal Castro, Álvaro y de Soto García, Reyes (2010) 'Arqueología e Historia. Propuestas para una reflexión conjunta'. El Futuro del Pasado: Revista Electróncia de Historia, 1 :21-35. Available Online [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Carvajal Castro, Álvaro (2015) Los castros de la meseta del Duero y la construcción de la monarquía asturleonesa: el caso de Melgar en el siglo X . In: Ana Cunha, Olimpia Pinto and Raquel de Oliveira Martins eds. Actas do I Encontro Ibérico de Jovens Investigadores em Estudos Medievais ¿ Arqueologia, História e Património , pp.11-30 Available Online [Details]
                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

My research interest on the field of Early Medieval Studies, particularly in the study of processes of state formation in early medieval Northern and Western Europe.

My current research project as an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow is entitled Theorizing Early Medieval Polities in Western Europe: a Comparative Approach to Ireland, North Western Iberia and Anglo-Saxon England. The aim of the project is to develop a theoretical and methodological multidisciplinary model for the study of early medieval polities. It will be based on a general assessment of early medieval NW Europe, though it will focus on three case studies: the kingdoms of Brega (Ireland), Mercia (England), and Asturias-León (NW Iberian Peninsula). In particular, I am interested in understanding the way in which early medieval polities were built within the the local spaces, and how local dynamics and institutions affected, or were affected by their integration into wider polities.

I am also interested in the study of the ideological and cultural foundations of early medieval monarchies, and I am currently addressing other topics such the study of assemblies and places of assembly, and the appropriation and management of the commons in the early Middle Ages.