The financial crisis that began in 2007–2008 has had an undeniable impact on society within the Iberian Peninsula. While it has uncovered divisions within Europe it has also revealed the interconnectivities of a globalised world. The ongoing crisis has changed the political and social landscape beyond recognition and has left its mark on political discourse and thought. It has also raised larger issues that deserve critical attention in disciplines outside of the social sciences.

Historically, moments of crisis have often resulted in particularly dynamic periods of creativity on a global as well as an individual level, triggering new questions about the relationship between art and society. As a result, a crisis can also present opportunities for alternative forms of cultural expression and new ways of thinking about the role of culture within society, especially in times of change.

This is the focal point of the XVII Forum for Iberian Studies, which aims to foster a discussion of the repercussions of the crisis on contemporary cultural production, particularly in literature and the arts:

  • Representations of the political, economic and national crisis in literature, film, visual culture and graphic arts
  • The relationship between literature and politics
  • The role of the intellectual in the arts
  • New forms of writing the crisis: a crisis of form?
  • Literature and other cultural productions as forms of social protest
  • Social crisis, identity crisis? Identity adaptation processes in periods of change throughout history
  • Responses to the crisis: identity and the creation of national brands (like “La marca España”) to repair a country's image
  • A new discourse of empowerment through politics, social movements and the use of public space
  • Echoes of the crisis: journalism and social networks
  • Cultural policy and the impact of funding cuts

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Josep Ramoneda (Journalist, writer, and lecturer in Philosophy)
  • Albert Monteys (Comic writer and illustrator, former director of the satirical magazine El Jueves)
  • Helena Miguélez-Carballeira (Senior Lecturer in Spanish Studies at Bangor University)
  • Joseba Gabilondo (Associate professor in Spanish and Peninsular Studies at Michigan State University)
  • Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (Professor of Hispanic Studies at University of Warwick)
  • Phillip Rothwell (King John II Professor of Portuguese at the University of Oxford)

The sessions at the conference will be held in Basque, Catalan, English, Galician, Portuguese and Spanish. In case of any doubt or query, please contact us at




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Organising Committee:

Diana Berruezo Sánchez, Laura Blanco de la Barrera, Elisabeth Bolorinos Allard, Alejandra Crosta, Daniela Omlor, Enrique del Rey Cabero, and Sílvia Xicola Tugas, with special thanks to Simão Baptista Valente and Marina Massaguer Comes.



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