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International experts participate in a seminar about nationalisms in art

International experts will discuss how identities occur within a complex network of political, economic, social and cultural relations.

International experts will discuss how identities occur within a complex network of political, economic, social and cultural relations.

23/10/2014

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The research group of the University of Barcelona (UB) ACAF/ART-GEAM Grup d’Estudis Art Modern organises the international seminar Identity, Power and Representation: Nationalisms in Art. The seminar, which is part of the activities planned to commemorate the Tricentenari, takes places from 22 to 25 October at the Historic Building of UB and the Ciutadella Campus of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Carme Narváez, Rosa Maria Creixell (lecturers at UB) and Eva March (lecturer at UPF), all three members of ACAF/ART, coordinate the seminar. The Faculty of Geography and History, the Office of the Vice-Rector for Institutional Relations and Culture of UB, the UPF and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness support it.

International experts will discuss how identities occur within a complex network of political, economic, social and cultural relations, sustained by monarchical, nobility and institutional powers. From the Renaissance to present days, these power relations have interfered in the ideological and sentimental construction of nationalisms.

The inaugural speech is pronounced by Susanne Kubersky Piredda, expert from the Max Planck Institute for Art History (Rome). She analyses the construction of churches in Rome made by several countries in order to host the pilgrims that come from each country; they were named ‘national churches’. On Thursday 23, Michele Cometa, expert from the University of Palermo, gives the lecture “Globale vs Locale: l’idea della literatura universale”, which has a sociological perspective. On Friday 24, Helmut C. Jacobs, expert on Goya from the UniversityDuisburg-Essen, pronounces the lecture “Imágenes del enemigo y su superación: la confrontación y destrucción ingeniosa de diferentes nacionalismos en El 2 de mayo de 1908 y El 3 de mayo de 1808 de Francisco de Goya”.

Although the research group ACAF/ART-GEAM Grup d’Estudis Art Modern is focused on the study of art in the Modern era, the seminar also includes speeches centred on contemporary art. Art creations and historical contexts from different countries, as well as the case of Catalonia, will be analysed.

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