Delfina I. Nieto-Isabel

Delfina I. Nieto-Isabel

Visiting Lecturer on Women’s Studies and Religion and Society
WSRP Research Associate 2021–22
Delfi Nieto-Isabel

Home institution

University of Barcelona

Research project

Networks of Defiance: Women and Heretical Conversion in the Late Middle Ages

Based on inquisitorial records, this project analyzes the role of women within non-mainstream religious networks in late medieval France from a structural and functional perspective. Focusing on groups of Cathars, Beguins of Languedoc, and Waldensians, it combines a relational reading of inquisitorial sources and the methods of Social Network Analysis to explore women’s participation in the circulation of religious ideas and the spread of practices within these late medieval dissident Christian movements.


Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel is an associate researcher at the Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures (IRCVM) at the University of Barcelona. Her dissertation, "Communities of Dissent: Social Network Analysis of Religious Dissident Groups in Languedoc in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries," focused on the application of methods of Social Network Analysis on the study of religious dissident movements in late medieval Languedoc.

She has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Commission to carry out her research project on the impact of illiterate women on religious radicalization at Queen Mary University of London.


HDS 2018
Voices of Dissent: Heresy and Gender in the Middle Ages
Spring 2022

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