XVIII Forum for Iberian Studies: Fictitious Realities, Real Fictions

The 18th edition of the Forum for Iberian Studies will take place in Oxford on the 20 and 21 June at the Taylor Institution.

Reality has been a source of inspiration for a host of cultural representations; in the same way, fiction has given way to a plethora of realities. The line separating reality from fiction has reflected throughout history an infinite play of mirrors. On the one hand, a cultural or artistic representation can take on a life of its own and become an entity in between reality and fiction, taking the form of a literary character, a legend, a visual portrayal/representation, or even historic discourse. On the other hand, reality can be (re)interpreted with an objective in mind, whether this be of a political, social, or cultural nature, as has been the case with political propaganda or with the more recent phenomenon of Post-Truth. In such a way, reality is characterised in the postmodern era by being an accumulation of perspectives and interpretations that blends true facts with fictitious elements, a conglomerate at the disposal of the public.

This conference aims to explore the communicating vessels between reality and fiction in the cultural productions of the Iberian Peninsula across time, from the era of medieval chronicles to the digital age.

For further details and to register, please, follow this link.

 


 

A conference concert, “Latitudes” by Najla Shami, will also take place on Thursday 21st June at 7.30pm in the Shulman Auditorium at Queen’s College. For further details of that event and to register, please, follow this link.

 

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