Cristina Fernández Recasens

Dr Cristina Fernández Recasens


Academic and research departments

School of Literature and Languages.


The focus on the body is a central principle of my research, identified by feminist theorists as being at the centre of the path towards social and individual change. I am particularly interested in the body and its significance in academic settings, its potentiality as a source of knowledge and its capacity to be a recipient of individual and collective memory.

In my PhD, I proposed the incorporation of body movement and related methodologies for the teaching of literature. My practice-based research analysed the results of a series of interdisciplinary poetry workshops that took place mainly in Catalan public academic institutions. Based on the conclusions of the analysis of these workshops, my PhD demonstrates the need for a renewal in the field of humanities education.

I also have an interest in Catalan history and I have coordinated several research projects related with oral history, funded by the Catalan government. The first project (2006-2009) consisted in a series of interviews to survivors of the repression of the Franco dictatorship. The second (2010-2020), collected memories from workers and unionists from the textile factory SAFA in Blanes (Catalonia) specially dedicated to cover the 1970s strike that was organized clandestinely under the Francoist regime. Both projects culminated in the presentation of documentaries: Davant del mar (2009) and Benvingut, camarada (2020) and interviews to the testimonies can be consulted online in the public Catalan “Banc Audiovisual de testimonis” the biggest archive of oral history in Europe. In 2022, I was awarded a new scholarship dedicated to the collection of local women’s knowledge about fishing and fish gastronomy. You can hear more about this project in this Heritage Radio Network’s podcast. More recently, I have been part of the collective of activists authoring Guia gramatical de llenguatge no-binari, a guide of Catalan non binary language.

I have undertaken further research in the field of Cultural and Gender Studies and I have disseminated my work at a number of conferences and symposia including the Colloquium of the North-American Catalan Society, the Anglo-Catalan Society Annual Conference and the BIBAC Education Conference in the University of Cambridge. Further, I contribute to GREPAI Research Group in the University of Girona and to LiCETC Research Group at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and I am also a collaborator on a University of Birmingham funded project titled ‘Consent on Campus’ which explores the issue of consent from an intersectional, student-led perspective.



Fernández Recasens, C. (2023). Truita de pedres. A Catalan recipe for visualizing women’s domestic work. Gastronomica, Journal for Food Studies, University of California Press, 23.2, 45-49.

Tudela Isanta, A. Manuel Oronich, R. and Fernández Recasens, C. (2023). Profile and professional career of teachers of Catalan as a foreign language abroad. Treballs de Sociolingüística catalana. Vol. 33, 193-208.

Fernández Recasens, C. (2023) Didáctica de la poesía: propuestas para una renovación.Textos, didáctica de la lengua y de la literatura, Vol. 100, 56-69.

Fernández Recasens, C. (2023) Didàctica de la poesia: propostes per a una renovació. Articles Journal, Revista de didàctica de la llengua i de la literatura. Vol. 100, 52-58.

Fernández Recasens, C. (2023). A la poesía no hay quien la pare. Compilación de aportaciones para el aula de poesía. Textos, didáctica de la lengua y de la literatura, Vol. 99, 63-69.

Fernández Recasens, C. (2023). A la poesia no hi ha qui l’aturi. Recull de propostes de poesia per a l’aula. Articles Journal, Revista de didàctica de la llengua i de la literatura, Vol. 99, 67-72.

Pujadas Codony, J. and Fernández Recasens, C. (2023). An Amethyst from the mountain of amethysts. Monografies del Montseny. Vol. 38. 195-199.

Benaiges Pallarés, F. M. and Fernández Recasens, C. (2022). The blurring of the limits of the human being: liminal cartography of L'animal que parla by Josep-Anton Fernàndez. Culture, Language and Representation Journal (CLR). Vol. XXIX, 99–114. 

Fernández Recasens, C. and Terrón Barroso, A. (2022). Cowboys, tough guys. An interview with Cesc Gay about masculinities and Catalan cinema. Gynocine Project, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Fernández Recasens, C. (2021). Poemes amb bigoti o una proposta didàctica per dessacralitzar la poesia. Articles Journal, Revista de didàctica de la llengua i de la literatura. Vol. 92, 82-90.

Fernández Recasens, C. (2020). Com qui troba un poema. Una proposta didàctica per a l’aula de català com a llengua estrangera. Resercle Journal, Revista de la Societat d’Ensenyament i Recerca del Català com a Llengua Estrangera. Vol 1, 102-107.

Fernández Recasens, C. (2016). Dancing words. A didactic experience. Co-author: M. Masgrau. In: Burnard, P. (ed.). Building Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Bridges: where practice meets research and theory (p. 95-103). Cambridge: BIBACC Publishing, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Vol.1, 95-103.


Moyano Anglès, J., Holgado, A., Vila i Ollé, A., Fernández Recasens, C. et al. (2023). Guia gramatical de llenguatge no-binari. Barcelona: Raig verd.

Fernández Recasens, C, Reyes, T. and Roger, A. (ed.) (2023). La cuina del peix a Blanes. Study about women’s knowledge and fish consumption in the city of Blanes. Blanes: Publicacions de l’Arxiu Municipal. 

Book chapters

Fernández Recasens, C. and Evans, E. (2023). Una llar per a totis. The use of non binary language in the academy. In: Moyano Anglès, J., Holgado, A., Vila i Ollé, A., Fernández Recasens, C. et al. Guia gramatical de llenguatge no-binari. Barcelona: Raig Verd.

Fernández Recasens, C. (2021) Justícia Poètica. El cos per intervenir en l’espai públic. In: Masgrau, M. (coord.) Diàlegs sobre art, educació i compromís. Barcelona: Graó. ISBN: 8418627077

Fernández Recasens, C. (2020). Bailar Raspall. Un taller de poesía y movimiento. In: Cañabate, D. and Colomer, J. (Coord.). Movimiento y lenguajes transversales para aprendizajes saludables (p. 161-167). Barcelona: Graó, 2020. ISBN 9788418058899

Fernández Recasens, C. (2017). Hablar por los codos. Aprender y aprehender poesía con todo el cuerpo. Co-authors: M. Masgrau and M. Falgàs. In: Cañabate, D. (coord.) Movimiento y lenguages. De la experiencia sensoperceptiva a la conciencia y el pensamiento (p. 111-117). Barcelona: Graó. ISBN 978-84-9980-757-7

In preparation:

Fernández Recasens, C. “He is never going to speak seriously, Laura, it is impossible.” Feminine care work and masculinities in crisis in Cesc Gay’s A Gun in each hand (2012), Truman (2015) and The people upstairs.

Fernández Recasens, C. (2024) Valors pegagògics del gènere poètic. (Articles, accepted)