The Symposium examines, from a critical and multidisciplinary perspective, a string of cultural transfers marking the century spanning from 1888 to 1992, and opening the debate on how these transfers contributed to an interweaving between Barcelona and other Western capitals. Going beyond the privileged axis of exchanges between Barcelona and Paris, the Symposium wishes to encompass other European and American centres of reference, such as London, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Mexico City or Buenos Aires, with the aim of lifting the discussion to a transnational dimension that transcends bilateral frameworks. It sets up a critical reflection on the phenomena of diffusion, appropriation and re-semantization that result from the movement of works of art, as well as of ideas, between Barcelona and other major modern art centres. The Symposium assumes a concept of the artistic object broad enough to encompass works in related media —such as painting and decorative arts, photography and film, music and architecture, sculpture and landscape design—, as well as texts and discourses of different kinds. (source: CFP, May 2016)
Besides the five discussion panels, Michel Espagne (École Normale Supérieure, Collège de France,CNRS), one of the most important theoreticians of the notion of Cultural Transfers, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel (École Normale Supérieure, París) and Paul Aubert (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-Marseille Université) will give keynote lectures.
As participants in the third discussion panel on “Networks and Encounters” (Friday 25 November, from 11h30 to 14h), Paula Barreiro López will present the paper “La intelligentsia italiana y catalana en diálogo: vanguardia, crítica e izquierda cultural durante el tardofranquismo” and Juliane Debeusscher “A Privileged Vehicle for Cultural Transfers? Some Aspects of the Early Activity of the Sala Metrònom in the 1980s”. Both examine diverse facets of artistic and critical exchanges between Barcelona and Catalonia and other cultural and political realities in Europe during the Cold War.
The Symposium is open to all and free, without previous suscription.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Sala Polivalente (24.S18), Campus de Ciutadella
Edificio Mercè Rodoreda
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27, 08005 Barcelona
See the call for papers