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Monday, April 24, 6.30pm | Panel 4: Imperfect Transition and Challenges of the Present. Victims, Terrorism, and the State

April 21, 2017

This series weighs the effects of violent repression during forty years of Franco’s dictatorship, even as we assess the persistence of official silence and a crisis of national memory through the last forty years of Spanish democracy. This series of conversations consider how instruments of remembering and reparation have emerged beyond state sectors, and in the absence of government policies, opening important breaches of recovery and reclamation for victims and their descendants.

In Spain the systematic violation of human rights during decades of the Franco Dictatorship remains an untreated social wound. Mass graves, assassinations, torture, kidnapping, child slavery, and state terror of those decades remain a difficult legacy for Spanish democracy and collective memory.

Though these violations have been recognized and denounced by international organizations such as the UN and Amnesty International, the state’s failure to create mechanisms for truth, reconciliation, or reparation, has forced extraordinary interventions by civil society. Journalists, civic organizations, voluntary associations, academic researchers, documentarians and filmmakers have helped to collect material evidence, historical records, personal testimonies that reveal the cost of this long period of dictatorship.

~This endowed Chair was established thanks to a gift from Carroll and Milton Petrie.~


Schedule

>>Monday, April 24, 6:30pm - Panel 3 | Imperfect Transition and Challenges of the Present. Victims, Terrorism, and the State

* Vicenç Navarro | Professor of Political and Social Sciences, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and professor of Public Politics in The Johns Hopkins University. Director of the Observatorio Social de España.

*Ludger Mees | Professor of Contemporary History, University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

BIO

Vicenç Navarro has been Professor of Applied Economics in the University of Barcelona. He is currently Professor of Political and Social Sciences, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). He is also professor of Public Politics in The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, U.S.) where he has been teaching during 40 years. He directs the Program in Public and Social Policy sponsored jointly by the University Pompeu Fabra and The Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of the Observatorio Social de España.

Ludger Mees is PhD in History at the University of Bielefeld, Germany and Professor for Contemporary History at the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain), where between 2004 and 2009 he was Vice-Chancellor. He has been author, co-author or editor of 15 books and about 80 articles and book chapters on nationalism, social movements, historiography and agrarian history. Some of his publications are “Nationalism, Violence and Democracy. The Basque Clash of Identities” (2003), “Nationalist politics at the crossroads. The Basque Nationalist Party and the challenge of sovereignty (1998-2014)” in “Contesting Spain? The Dynamics of Nationalist Movements in Catalonia and the Basque Country” (2015).

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>>Tuesday, May 2, 6:30pm - Panel 4

a) Amnesty International Spain: When crime is at home

*Esteban Beltrán | President of Amnesty International Spain

b) Journalism and compromise: Denouncing a past that persists. From the Valle de los Caídos [Valley of the Fallen] to the rise of the far-right

*Jon Lee Anderson | Journalist, The New Yorker

*Miquel Ramos | Journalist, specialist in far-right movements. Directa, La Marea (Spain)

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THURSDAY, April 20, 6.30pm | The Emergency Lectures - Politicizing Precariousness - Gabriel Giorgi

April 18, 2017

From the AIDS epidemic in New York to the politics of human rights in Buenos Aires, activists in the Americas of the late 1980s fought against state policies that defined which human lives should be protected and which lives could be abandoned. These activists created a politics of the precarious that revealed and contested conditions of vulnerability, exposure and survival suffered by citizens who were subject to the dictates of the state. In our current context, which intensifies social and political precariousness for many social groups, their interventions have a new relevance and urgency.

In this encounter --more a conversation than a traditional lecture-- we will discuss how the entanglement between precariousness and survival shapes activisms north and south. We will focus on materials that illuminate how AIDS activism and human rights activism were interwoven, engaging works by New York artist David Wojnarowicz (who traveled to Argentina in the mid-80s), and Argentine writers and activists Nestor Perlongher and Marta Dillon. We will debate the connections between these forms of activism in the 80s and 90s and contemporary debates about precariousness as well as new form of contestation and public intervention.

**Gabriel Giorgi is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of Graduate Studies at NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature.

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MONDAY, APRIL 17 6:30pm | Civic Empowerment through Journalism - A conversation with Montse Armengou & Richard Schweid

April 13, 2017

Award-winning journalists Richard Schweid (Oscar nominee for the movie "Balseros", 2002) and Montse Armengou - NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization Spring 2017- will discuss the potential of documentary films and investigative journalism as means of civic empowerment.

Excerpts from their works “Do You Really Know What You Eat?” and “Pill In Search Of An Illness” will be screened during the event.


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 - 7pm | CWS: Things That Will Be Effaced Due To Earth’s Rotation (Poems, image and sound) - Agustín Fernández Mallo

April 05, 2017

Spoken word performance featuring Spanish writer Agustín Fernández Mallo.

Introduced by Laura Rojas.

Agustin Fernandez Mallo

Agustín Fernández Mallo. La Coruña, 1967. En el 2000 acuñó el término Poesía Pospoética –conexiones entre la literatura y las ciencias-. Con Postpoesía, hacia un Nuevo paradigm, fue finalista del Premio Anagrama de Ensayo 2009. En 2006 publicó su primera novela Nocilla Dream. A raíz de esa obra se empezó a acuñar el término Generación Nocilla para todo un grupo de autores. Le siguió Nocilla Experience (2008) y Nocilla Lab (2009). En 2011 publicó El hacedor (de Borges), Remake. Forma parte, junto con Eloy Fernández Porta, del dúo de spoken word: “Afterpop Fernández & Fernández”.

With the support of NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the MFA Program in Creative Writing in Spanish.

The Creative Writing in Spanish Program acknowledges the generous support of Santander Bank through its Santander Universities Program.


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TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 6:30pm | Montse Armengou's "Victims of Franquismo" Series - 2nd Panel

March 30, 2017

This series weighs the effects of violent repression during forty years of Franco’s dictatorship, even as we assess the persistence of official silence and a crisis of national memory through the last forty years of Spanish democracy. This series of conversations consider how instruments of remembering and reparation have emerged beyond state sectors, and in the absence of government policies, opening important breaches of recovery and reclamation for victims and their descendants.

In Spain the systematic violation of human rights during decades of the Franco Dictatorship remains an untreated social wound. Mass graves, assassinations, torture, kidnapping, child slavery, and state terror of those decades remain a difficult legacy for Spanish democracy and collective memory.

Though these violations have been recognized and denounced by international organizations such as the UN and Amnesty International, the state’s failure to create mechanisms for truth, reconciliation, or reparation, has forced extraordinary interventions by civil society. Journalists, civic organizations, voluntary associations, academic researchers, documentarians and filmmakers have helped to collect material evidence, historical records, personal testimonies that reveal the cost of this long period of dictatorship.

~This endowed Chair was established thanks to a gift from Carroll and Milton Petrie.~


Schedule

>>Tuesday, April 4, 6:30pm - Panel 2

a) The UN reproves Spain: Forty Years of Democracy without Reparation

*Pablo de Greiff | Director of the Transitional Justice Program, CHRGJ, NYU.

b) The Forgotten among The Forgotten: Francoist violence against Women and Children

*Aránzazu Borrachero | Director of Mujer y Memoria, CUNY

*Soledad Luque | President of “Todos los niños robados son también mis niños” and spokeswoman of the Coordinadora Estatal de apoyo a la Querella Argentina contra Crímenes del Franquismo.

Bio

Pablo de Greiff was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to serve as the first Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence in 2012. He is currently Senior Fellow and Director of the Transitional Justice Program at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice of the School of Law at NYU. Prior to joining NYU he was the Director of Research at the International Center for Transitional Justice from 2001 to 2014. Born in Colombia, De Greiff is the editor or coeditor of ten books related to transitions to democracy, democratic theory, and the relationship between morality, politics, and the law. As Special Rapporteur, he has presented country visit reports on Tunisia, Spain, Uruguay, and Burundi.

Aránzazu Borrachero Mendívil is a Professor at Queensborough Community College (CUNY). Her areas of interest include Critical Pedagogy, and Spanish Cultural and Gender Studies. During the last four years, she has been developing a web-based archive --Mujer y Memoria-- to house oral history projects on gender aspects of the Francoist dictatorship and democratic transition in Spain. The first of these projects, Mothers and Daughters of the Spanish Transition to Democracy, gathers, preserves and divulges the testimonies of Spanish women who became adults and mothers during the thirty-six year Francoist dictatorship. She has recently begun a second oral history project to be incorporated into Mujer y Memoria: Stolen Motherhoods. Traffic in Minors during the Francoist Dictatorship and the Democratic Transition in Spain.

Soledad Luque Delgado is the President of the Association «Todos los niños robados también son mis niños» (All robbed children are also my children). She is a member of the Coordinadora Estatal de Apoyo a la Querella Argentina (CeAqua) (Public Coordinator of Support for the Argentine Lawsuit) against Francoist crimes. She is currently a contributor for the radio program «La hora de la República» (Radio Vallekas). She is a researcher at the Instituto de Estudios de Género (Institute of Gender Studies) at the Universidad Carlos III, in Madrid (Spain). There, she directs the Seminario Permanente de Derechos Humanos : Mujer y Franquismo (Permanent Seminar on Human Rights: Women and Franquismo) to be developed during 2017 Fall semester.


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>>Monday, April 24, 6:30pm - Panel 3| Imperfect transition and challenge of the present. Victims of Francoism, Terrorism, and the State

* Vicenç Navarro | Professor of Political and Social Sciences, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and professor of Public Politics in The Johns Hopkins University. Director of the Observatorio Social de España.

*Ludger Mees | Professor of Contemporary History, University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

>>Tuesday, May 2, 6:30pm - Panel 4

a) Amnesty International Spain: When crime is at home

*Esteban Beltran | President of Amnesty International Spain

b) Journalism and compromise: Denouncing a past that persists. From the Valle de los Caídos [Valley of the Fallen] to the rise of the far-right

*Jon Lee Anderson | Journalist, The New Yorker

*Miquel Ramos | Journalist, specialist in far right movements. Directa, La Marea (Spain)

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Wednesday, March 29, 7pm - KJCC Poetry Series | Three poets from A-Fest: Carmen Berenguer, Graciela Huinao and Carmen Ollé

March 29, 2017

Three poets from A-Fest: Carmen Berenguer, Graciela Huinao and Carmen Ollé.

Introduced by Mariela Dreyfus and Lila Zemborain.

Graciela Huiano | Carmen Olle | Carmen Berenguer.

Carmen Berenguer. Ha publicado los poemarios Bobby Sands desfallece en el muro, Huellas de siglo, A media asta, Sayal de pieles, Naciste pintada, Mama Marx, y La casa de la poesía. Además de editora, es performer. Su más reciente libro, Mi lai, será publicado en inglés durante 2017.

Graciela Huinao. Nació en 1956 en la comunidad mapuche-williche de Chaurakawin. Miembro de la Academia Chilena de la Lengua Española, su obra poética ha sido antologada y traducida en varios países americanos, asiáticos y europeos. Ha publicado el poemario Walinto (2001), el cuentario La nieta del brujo (2003) y las novelas Desde el fogón de una casa de putas williche (2010) y Katrilef, hija de un ülmen williche (2015).

Carmen Ollé. Lima, 1947. Es poeta, narradora y crítica. Entre otras actividades ha sido profesora universitaria, directora del Pen Club del Perú y de la Red de Escritoras Latinoamericanas. Desde 2000 coordina para el programa Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer-Perú. Su obra incluye Noches de adrenalina, Todo orgullo humea la noche, ¿Por qué hacen tanto ruido?, Una muchacha bajo su paraguas y Retrato de mujer sin familia ante una copa.

Co-sponsored by NYU King Juan Carlos Center, NYU Creative Writing in Spanish and NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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A-FEST: Encuentro de Escritores Latinoamericanos en Nueva York

March 24, 2017

PROGRAM

All the events are free and bilingual (Spanish/English), unless otherwise noted.

Monday, March 27

Work Group A | Place: King Juan Carlos Center (NYU) {53 Washington Square South} - Room 112 - Portrait Room

**9:00 am - Coffee

**9:30 am – 12:00 pm | Session A1: Conceptos del Congreso del 87: Feminismo y femenino en la literatura

Moderator: Mónica Ríos - Speakers: Carmen Berenguer, Carmen Ollé

**1:30 pm – 4 pm (in English) | Session A2: Creating concepts for today. Women's literature against authoritarianism, fascism, and capitalism

Moderator: Gabriel Giorgi - Speakers: Cristina Rivera Garza, Helena Maria Viramontes

Work Group B |Place: King Juan Carlos Center (NYU) - Room 215 Library

**9:00 am - Coffee

**9:30 am – 12:00 pm | Session B1: Conceptos del Congreso del 87: Margen y género en la literatura

Moderator: Javier Guerrero - Speakers: Mariela Dreyfus, Lina Meruane, Marcia Mogro

**1:30 pm – 4 pm | Session B2: Creando conceptos operativos hoy. Literatura de mujeres contra el femicidio

Moderator: Licia Fiol-Matta - Speakers: Sara Uribe, Alejandra Castillo

**Co-sponsored by NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and NYU King Juan Carlos Inof Spain Center (KJCC)**


Tuesday, March 28

Work Group A | Place: King Juan Carlos Center (NYU) {53 Washington Square South} - Room 112 - Portrait Room

**9:00 am - Coffee

**9:30 am – 12 pm | Session A3: Invocando tradiciones. Lecturas de escritoras latinoamericanas

Moderator: Mónica Ríos - Speakers: Lila Zemborain, Nona Fernández; Mercedes Roffé

**1:30 pm – 4 pm | Session A4: Poéticas actuales y conceptos operativos para el futuro

Moderator: Claudia Salazar - Speakers: Nadia Prado, Graciela Huinao

Work Group B | Place: King Juan Carlos Center (NYU) - Room 215 Library

**9:00 am - Coffee

**9:30 am – 12 pm | Session B3: Invocando tradiciones. Lecturas de escritoras latinoamericanas II

Moderator: Germán Garrido - Speakers: Soledad Fariña, Carlos Labbé, Mariana Graciano

**1:30 pm – 4 pm | Session B4: Poéticas actuales y conceptos operativos para el futuro

Moderator: Paulina Soto Riveros - Speakers: Mónica Ríos, Gladys González

**Co-sponsored by NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and NYU King Juan Carlos Inof Spain Center (KJCC)**


Wednesday, March 29

4pm | Conversatorio: Representando la migración | Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus, Faber Hall 568

Organiza: Carl Fischer ([email protected]) - Speakers: Helena María Viramontes and Isolina Ballesteros (Baruch College)

5pm | A-Fest: Nuevas poéticas y aproximaciones críticas | Princeton University

Organizador: Javier Guerrero

Nona Fernández: "Reconstrucción de la escena del crimen"
Alejandra Castillo: "La imagen del cuerpo feminista"

Comentaristas: Luisa Barraza, Sowmya Ramanathan, Jennifer Rodríguez

Para más información, escribir a [email protected]

7pm | KJCC Poetry Series: Tres poetas del A-fest: Carmen Berenguer (Chile), Graciela Huinao (Chile) y Carmen Ollé (Perú)

Presentación: Mariela Dreyfus y Lila Zemborain - Speakers: Carmen Berenguer, Graciela Huinao, Carmen Ollé

Where: King Juan Carlos Center, NYU {53 Washington Square South - Auditorio}

For more information, contact Lila Zemborain: [email protected]

**Co-sponsored by CWS Events, NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and NYU King Juan Carlos Inof Spain Center (KJCC)**

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7 - 9pm | Salon with feminist writers from Latin America (in Spanish and English with translation) | Salón con escritoras del Afest / Book sale and exchange / Intercambio y venta de libros

Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St, NY 10002,

Organizado por: Common Notions y Afest


Thursday, March 30

6pm | Ars Disyecta: otra relación entre arte y feminismo

The Hispanic Institute for Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University

Where: Casa Hispánica 201, 612 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027

Speaker: Alejandra Castillo

4pm | Entre las necroecrituras y la desapropiación: escribir el presente en México y EEUU // First Spanish and Portuguese Department Colloquium: Feminist Perspectives from Latin America

Lugar: 14-19 University Place, room 222 , NYU

Speakers: Cristina Rivera Garza y Sara Uribe

Organizado por: Laura Torres-Rodríguez (Spanish & Portuguese, NYU)


Friday, March 31

3- 6pm | TRANSLATION COLLOQUIUM

Where: King Juan Carlos Center, NYU {53 Washington Square South - Auditorio}

Organized by Heather Cleary

Mentors: Esther Allen, Heather Cleary, Mara Faye Lethem, Sandra Kingery

Emerging translators: Sarah Bruni, Arielle Concilio, Lizzie Paris, Robin Myers, Rebekah Smith, Charlotte Whittle

See the details of the event here.

**Co-sponsored by NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and NYU King Juan Carlos Inof Spain Center (KJCC)**

12:30pm (lunch will be served) | DIFFUSIONS/DIFUSIONES: A round-table on contemporary Latin American women’s writing, publishing and translation

Where: Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Rutgers University, 15 Seminary Pl., 5º piso

Speakers: Cristina Rivera Garza and Anna Deeny

Moderators: Karen Bishop y Marcy Schwartz (Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese), with remarks by Jeffrey Lawrence and David Kurnick (Dept. of English)

Organized by M. Schwartz y K. Bishop /Sponsored by: Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese, Program in Comparative Literature, and the Dept. of English, Rutgers University


Saturday, April 1


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Wednesday, March 22, 7pm | CWS: Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá: Between Fiction and Non-Fiction

March 10, 2017

Presentation of Puerto Rican essayist and novelist Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá.

Introduced by Rubén Ríos Ávila.



BIO

Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá. Puerto Rico, 1946. Autor de Cartagena (finalista del Premio Planeta-Joaquín Mortiz en 1994), El camino de Yyaloide (1994), Sol de Medianoche (1995, galardonada con el Premio Bolívar Pagán del Instituto de Literatura de Puerto Rico en el 2001). Las obras de la próxima década son: Elogio de la fonda (2000), Caribeños (2002) y Mapa de una pasión literaria (2003). El entierro de Cortijo fue traducido por Duke University Press con el título de Cortijo’s Wake (2004) y al francés por Éditions L’Harmattan con el título L’enterrement de Cortijo (1994). Bajo el título San Juan, memoir of a city Wisconsin University Press publicó la traducción de su guía literaria de San Juan titulada San Juan, ciudad soñada (2005). Su novela Mujer con sombrero panamá, de 2004, editada en España por Mondadori, fue premiada por el Instituto de Literatura Puertorriqueña como la mejor novela del año. En 2004 también se publicó la colección de ensayos y crónicas titulada Musarañas de domingo. En 2009 publica con Beatriz Viterbo de Argentina su Antología Personal de crónicas, titulada La nave del olvido. De 2010 es la publicación, con La Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, de la novela El espíritu de la luz. En 2012 publica la novela La piscina con Ediciones Corregidor de Argentina y el libro de ensayos Mapa desfigurado de la Literatura Antillana con Ediciones Callejón de San Juan. Este último libro recibió el Premio Bolívar Pagán del Instituto de Literatura Puertorriqueña en la categoría de ensayo. El octubre de 2016 recibió el Doctorado Honoris Causa en Humanidades de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.


With the support of NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the MFA Program in Creative Writing in Spanish. The Creative Writing in Spanish Program acknowledges the generous support of Santander Bank through its Santander Universities Program.


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The Emergency Lectures: "The Political Uses of Emotion: What Can We Learn from Spanish Fascism?" Thursday, March 9th, 6: 30 PM

March 08, 2017

Prof. Jo Labanyi inaugurates "The Emergency Lectures" with "The Political Uses of Emotion: What Can We Learn from Spanish Fascism?"

Professor Jo Labanyi is a distinguished cultural historian of Modern Spain and Spanish cinema. She is the Coordinating Editor of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at NYU.

More on the Series:

The Emergency Lectures: Public Scholarship on Power, Culture and Resistance

This series offers public scholarship in an Emergency, presenting thinkers and writers from the NYU intellectual community whose work has an urgent bearing on the present. These experts will present historical and contemporary case studies that can help us to comprehend our political moment and think together, beyond the sense of alarm and anxiety that emergencies provoke. Reflecting on Fascist Europe, authoritarian Argentina, medieval Arab Spain, the Mediterranean, the Global South, the Caribbean, and the United States, the talks will offer historical contexts for the civil and humanitarian emergencies of the present, and provoke conversations that foster our capacity for informed engagement and response.

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Tuesday, March 7, 6:30pm - Panel 1 | Sites of Memory and Voices of the Past: Why Visit Them, Why Listen to Them

March 01, 2017

With Jordi Guixé, Founder director of the European Observatory on Memories of the University of Barcelona; and Luis Martín Cabrera, Director of the Spanish Civil War Memory Project, University of California, San Diego

Organized by Montserrat Armengou, Spring 2017 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization (**) as part of the panel series Victims of Franquismo: A Reparation That Never Comes.

Jordi Guixé and Luis Martín-Cabrera.

In Spain, the systematic violation of human rights during the Franco dictatorship remains an untreated social wound. Forty years of repression have been followed by forty years of democracy, but the state has only haltingly taken up this traumatic legacy.

Recording and preserving the stories and testimonies of Franquismo has seemed a moral imperative to journalists, writers, social historians, artists, and everyday Spaniards. Together they refuse silence and strive to remake national memory.

BIO

Jordi Guixé i Coromines (Barcelona, 1970) is a historian, founder director of the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) of the University of Barcelona Solidarity's Foundation and associate professor. With a Ph.D. in Contemporary History from both the University of Barcelona and Paris 3 (Mención Prêt d'Honneur du Ministère de la Culture), he is currently a member of several research groups, such as the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique-Institut des Sciences Politique du Socials (CNRS), Centre d'Estudis de les Èpoques Franquista i Democràtica of the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (CEFID-UAB), the Group of Research on Memory and Society at the Universitat de Barcelona and the Centre de Recherche sur les Sociétés et Environments en Méditerranée (CRESEM) of the Université de Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD). In 2016 he was elected vicechair of the Board of the International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes (IC-MEMO), one of the 31 committees of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). He is also an expert in remembrance public policies and has worked on the creation of the Memorial Democratic of Catalonia as head of the projects’ department (2005-2012). He published La República Perseguida, Exilio y Represión en la Francia de Franco (PUV, 2012) and His last book, "Past and Power. Public Policies on Memory. Debates, from Global to Local" (UB 2016), is a collection of articles writen by specialists in multiple disciplines and discusses the key challenges of the conflict of memories in Europe and Latin America.

Since 2012 he is the director of the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM), and he is teaching at Arts Faculty as associate professor on the topic of Memory and Public Sapace. EUROM is a network promoted by the University of Barcelona which aims are analyzing remembrance policies developed in different countries and promoting new proposals linked to the multiple memories of our recent past.

Luis Martín-Cabrera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is also affiliated faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Critical Gender Studies Program, and the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies. A specialist in Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies, Martín-Cabrera received a B.A. in French and Spanish from the University of Salamanca (Spain), an MA in Latin American Studies from Yale University, and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Martín-Cabrera's research focuses primarily on the relationship between culture and politics. He is the author of two books – Radical Justice: Spain and the Southern Cone beyond Market and State (Bucknell UP, 2011 and Editorial Anthropos 2016) and Invisible Insurgencies: Activism and Resistance in the United States (Madrid, La Oveja Roja, 2015) - and numerous research articles, as well as a frequent contributor to alternative media outlets.

In addition, Martín-Cabrera is the Director of The Spanish Civil War Memory Project, a UCSD initiative to collect testimonies of the victims of Human Rights violations in Spain during the war and the ensuing dictatorship. He is currently working on a Digital Oral History Project, The Transandean Lithium Project, to document the impact of lithium extraction in the indigenous communities of Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia.

Personal memory of Montse Armengou's son, grieving his great grandfather, who was buried in a mass grave in Montjuic after he was killed during a Nazi bombing when he was working as a railroader.

~With additional support of Institut Ramon Llull.~

(**) This endowed Chair was established thanks to a gift from Carroll and Milton Petrie.

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PANEL 1 | Sites of memory and voices of the past: why visit them, why listen to them

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Panel Series | Victims Of Franquismo: A Reparation That Never Comes

February 23, 2017

Organized by Montse Armengou | Spring 2017 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization

This series weighs the effects of violent repression during forty years of Franco’s dictatorship, even as we assess the persistence of official silence and a crisis of national memory through the last forty years of Spanish democracy. This series of conversations consider how instruments of remembering and reparation have emerged beyond state sectors, and in the absence of government policies, opening important breaches of recovery and reclamation for victims and their descendants.

In Spain the systematic violation of human rights during decades of the Franco Dictatorship remains an untreated social wound. Mass graves, assassinations, torture, kidnapping, child slavery, and state terror of those decades remain a difficult legacy for Spanish democracy and collective memory.

Though these violations have been recognized and denounced by international organizations such as the UN and Amnesty International, the state’s failure to create mechanisms for truth, reconciliation, or reparation, has forced extraordinary interventions by civil society. Journalists, civic organizations, voluntary associations, academic researchers, documentarians and filmmakers have helped to collect material evidence, historical records, personal testimonies that reveal the cost of this long period of dictatorship.

~This endowed Chair was established thanks to a gift from Carroll and Milton Petrie.~


Schedule

>>Tuesday, March 7, 6:30pm ~ Panel 1| Sites of memory and voices of the past: why visit them, why listen to them

*Jordi Guixé | Founder director of the European Observatory on Memories of the University of Barcelona ~With the support of Institut Ramon Llull.~

*Luis Martín Cabrera | Director of the Spanish Civil War Memory Project. University of California, San Diego


>>Tuesday, April 4, 6:30pm ~ Panel 2

a) The UN reproves Spain: Unrepaired victims after forty years of democracy

*Pablo de Greiff | United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of non-recurrence. Senior Fellow Adjunct Professor of Law NYU

b) Women among the forgotten: the Francoist violence against women and children

*Aránzazu Borrachero | Director of Mujer y Memoria, CUNY

*Soledad Luque | President of “Todos los niños robados son también mis niños” and spokeswoman of the Coordinadora Estatal de Apoyo a la Querella Argentina contra Crímenes del Franquismo.


>>Monday, April 24, 6:30pm ~ Panel 3| Imperfect transition and challenge of the present. Victims of Francoism, Terrorism, and the State

* Vicenç Navarro | Professor of Political and Social Sciences, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and professor of Public Politics in The Johns Hopkins University. Director of the Observatorio Social de España.

*Ludger Mees | Professor of Contemporary History, University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU)


>>Tuesday, May 2, 6:30pm ~ Panel 4

a) Amnesty International Spain: When crime is at home

*Esteban Beltran | President of Amnesty International Spain

b) Journalism and compromise: Denouncing a past that persists. From the Valle de los Caídos [Valley of the Fallen] to the rise of the far-right

*Jon Lee Anderson | Journalist, The New Yorker

*Miquel Ramos | Journalist, specialist in far right movements. Directa, La Marea (Spain)

Related Events

PANEL 1 | Sites of memory and voices of the past: why visit them, why listen to them
Panel 2 | The UN reproves Spain: Forty Years of Democracy without Reparation - The Forgotten among The Forgotten: Francoist Violence against Women and Children
Panel 3 | Imperfect Transition and Challenges of the Present. Victims, Terrorism, and the State
Panel 4 | Amnesty International Spain: When Crime is at Home - Journalism and Compromise: Denouncing a Past that Persists. From the Valle de los Caídos [Valley of the Fallen] to the Rise of the Far-Right

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Wednesday, February 22, 7pm - "Autocinema": Presentation of Mexican poet Gaspar Orozco’s collection

February 21, 2017

On Wednesday 22, at 7pm, KJCC will host the discussion "Autocinema. Presentation of Mexican poet Gaspar Orozco’s recent collection". A bilingual edition translated by New York-based poet and translator Mark Weiss will be presented, in dialogue with Mariela Dreyfus.

Introduced by Luis Madrigal.

Bios

Gaspar Orozco. Chihuahua, México, 1971. Ha publicado los libros Abrir fuego, el volumen colectivo, El silencio de lo que cae y Notas del País de Z. Ha traducido poemas chinos de la dinastía Tang y poetas de lengua inglesa. Formó parte del grupo punk Revolución X, con el que grabó varios discos. En 2010, junto a Karina Escamilla, co-dirigió el documental Subterráneos.

~Gaspar Orozco~

Mark Weiss. Nueva York, 1943. Coeditor de la antología Across the Line/Al otro lado: The Poetry of Baja California (2002) y de la antología de poesía cubana The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry.

With the support of NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the MFA Program in Creative Writing in Spanish. The Creative Writing in Spanish Program acknowledges the generous support of Santander Bank through its Santander Universities Program.

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Thursday, February 16, 6.30pm | "The Museum of the Old Colony" Roundtable Discussion

February 15, 2017

A discussion engaging the exhibit called "The Museum of the Old Colony", conceived by Puerto Rican artist Pablo Delano and now on view until March 16th at KJCC, and taking up the politics of representation in photography, the cultural impact of colonialism, and the image repertoires and national imaginaries of Puerto Rico.

Panel

  • Arlene Davila - Cultural Anthropologist, New York University
  • David Gonzalez - Journalist, Sidestreet Columnist, Editor, LensBlog, The New York Times
  • Nelson Rivera - Artist/Curator, University of Puerto Rico
  • Erika P. Rodriguez - Photographer

Respondent: Pablo Delano, Creator, Museum of the Old Colony, Professor of Fine Arts, Trinity College

Moderator: Ana Dopico, Director, KJCC

**With additional support of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.**

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​Tuesday, February 14, 6:30pm | Screening and discussion with filmmaker Montse Armengou

February 09, 2017

"I’ll Get You Out of Here, Abuelo!" (Armengou/Belis, Spain, 2013)

Q&A with Montse Armegou, Spring 2017 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization

General Francisco Franco buried thousands of people in the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of The Fallen), a monumental memorial constructed in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial by his government. The place is a symbol of the dictatorship. The UN has suggested that the site be transformed into a museum.

“I'll get you out of here, Abuelo!” (directed by Montse Armengou and Ricard Belis in 2013) invokes the solemn promise made by Joan Pinyol, the grandson of a Republican soldier whose body was disinterred from the grave where he was buried and forcibly transported to the Valle de los Caídos without the consent or even the knowledge of his relatives.

Today hundreds of families like the Pinyols, whose relatives are buried in the Valle de los Caídos, are fighting for the right to remove their loved ones and bury them near their homes. But there are many logistical and political obstacles involved in this reclamation. By telling this story, the filmmakers uncover intimate and public struggles over political memory in Spain.

Q&A with Montse Armengou to follow.

This endowed Chair was established thanks to a gift from Carroll and Milton Petrie.

With additional support from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA).

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The Museum of the Old Colony : Opens Thursday February 2nd

January 18, 2017

Puerto Rico has endured 523 years of continuous and ongoing colonial rule: first under Spain, and, since 1898, as a possession of the United States. The island, an “unincorporated territory of the United States” has been plunged into a catastrophic debt crisis and a punitive program of austerity. It is widely regarded as the world’s oldest colony.

The Museum of the Old Colony is a work of conceptual art conceived by Pablo Delano. The exhibit gathers still photographs and moving images of Puerto Rico that reveal the visual logics of colonialism. This repertoire of images and subjects form a visual history of the political and cultural hegemony imposed by the United States on virtually all aspects of Puerto Rican life.


The installation’s title and style ironically invoke traditional historical or anthropological museums, their use of ethnographic imagery, and their didactic text panels. The title also derives its name from a U.S. brand of soft drink named “Old Colony,” popular in Puerto Rico since the 1950s and still sold at island groceries and restaurants. The Museum of the Old Colony therefore references the subtle, the naturalized, and the pernicious forces of colonialism in Puerto Rico, its political economy, and its everyday life.

The Museum of the Old Colony is an intervention into Puerto Rican cultural history and political memory. It is also an intensely personal exercise by Delano to understand and come to terms with his own relationship with the island, where he was born in 1954.

With the additional support of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

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Thursday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. Aniversario de la Revista Temporales del Programa de Escritura Creativa en Español de NYU

December 13, 2016

Aniversario de la Revista Temporales del Programa de Escritura Creativa en Español de NYU y presentación del primer número impreso de la revista con su especial temático “Cuerpo”

Presentan:

Lila Zemborain

Juliana Muñoz Toro

Nadia Villafuerte

y el equipo editorial de la Revista Temporales

In Spanish. Reception to follow.

With the support of NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the MFA Program in Creative Writing in Spanish. The Creative Writing in Spanish Program acknowledges the generous support of Santander Bank through its Santander Universities Program.

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Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. CREATIVE WRITING IN SPANISH Antonio José Ponte: "La Tempestá, una bibioteca de prósperos”

December 07, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.

CREATIVE WRITING IN SPANISH

Antonio José Ponte: "La Tempestá, una bibioteca de prósperos”

Participants: Antonio José Ponte. Introduced by Licia Fiol-Matta (NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

Antonio José Ponte (Matanzas, Cuba, 1964) is considered one of the most prestigious Cuban essayists. Among the most notable of his books are Las comidas profundas (Deleatur, Angers, 1997), Un seguidor de Montaigne mira La Habana/Las comidas profundas (Verbum, 2001), El libro perdido de los origenistas (Aldus, México, 2002). His and El abrigo de aire. Ensayos sobre literatura cubana (Adriana Viterbo, 2001). His most recent books are Un arte de hacer ruinas y otros cuentos (Colección Aula Atlántica, Fondo de Cultura Económica, México, 2006) and La fiesta vigilada (Anagrama, 2007).

Licia Fiol-Matta is Visiting Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She is the author of A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral (2002, University of Minnesota Press) and The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music (Duke University Press, 2016).

In Spanish. Reception to follow.

With the support of NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the MFA Program in Creative Writing in Spanish. The Creative Writing in Spanish Program acknowledges the generous support of Santander Bank through its Santander Universities Program.