Azzurra Tafuro obtained her PhD in Modern History from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy) and the École pratique des hautes études (Paris, France). Her thesis focuses on the political and cultural uses of maternity in the nineteenth century. She has published in a number of journals, books and edited volumes on this subject (for example: “Una filantropia patriottica ? Filantropia femminile e nation-building nell’Ottocento italiano,” in Studi Storici, 1, 2018, p. 217-244). In 2019 she was awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship, and is currently a researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she is working on her new research project: Gender, emotions and national identities: a new perspective on the abortion debates in Italy (1971-1981). The initial results of this research were presented in: “Un difficile équilibre. Les catholiques italiennes et l’opposition à l’avortement (1971-1981),” in Bruno Dumons, ed., Femmes et catholicisme en Europe (1960-1970), Brussels, Peter Lang, 2019, p. 29-50.