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Josep Maria Muñoz

2016/17 King Juan Carlos I Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization

Josep M. Muñoz (Barcelona, 1959)

Josep M. Muñoz is a historian. By profession, he is an editor, publisher and translator.

He received his Ph.D. with distinction (Premi extraordinari de doctorat) in contemporary history in 1995 from the Universitat de Barcelona. His dissertation on the work of historian Jaume Vicens i Vives was awarded the first Premi Gaziel de biographies i memories (Gaziel Prize for Biography and Memoir), and published as Jaume Vicens i Vives (1910-1960). Una biografia intel.lectual (Edicions 62, 1997).

To mark the centenary of Vicens Vives’ birth, in 2010 the Catalan government celebrated the Year of Vicens Vives. Josep M. Muñoz curated two traveling exhibitions:

Jaume Vicens i Vives i la nova historia (Jaume Vicens Vives and New History), Museum of History of Catalonia (Barcelona) / Residencia de Estudiantes (Madrid)

Jaume Vicens Vives i Josep Pla: Complicitats (Jaume Vicens Vives and Josep Pla: Common Grounds), produced by the Josep Pla Foundation

Professional career

Public administration and international affairs:

Member of the cabinet of Mayor Pasqual Maragall (1987-1995).

Duties included the international projection of the City of Barcelona during the 1992 Olympic Period, speechwriting, planning of the Mayor's international visits beyond Europe (Tokyo, New York, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, etc.)

Director of Cultural Services of the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona), 1995-1999

Responsibilities included conceptualization and programming of the cultural activities accompanying the exhibitions, and assisting the director in management duties.

Journalism and Publishing

Director, L’Avenç monthly magazine (2000-present)

Editorial director, L’Avenç books (2007-present)


Jaume Vicens i Vives (1910-1960). Una biografia intel.lectual (Barcelona: Edicions 62, 1997).

Catalunya, una història europea (ed.), Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya, 2006. (There are also editions in English, French and Spanish)

Els quatre presidents: entrevistes a Tarradellas, Pujol, Maragall i Montilla, (ed.), Barcelona: L'Avenç, 2010.

Àlbum Jaume Vicens i Vives: 1910-1960 (ed.), Madrid: Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoriaciones Culturales/ Barcelona: Vicens Vives, 2010.

There is a Spanish edition.

1714-2014 [coord.] Barcelona: Fundació Lluís Carulla, 2014.

Temps present, temps passat: catorze entrevistes de L'Avenç,

Barcelona: La Magrana, 2016


El Coronel Chabert by Honoré de Balzac

Barcelona: L’Avenç, 2012

Adolphe by Benjamin Constant

Barcelona: L'Avenç, 2013

Els Últims dies d'Immanuel Kant by Thomas de Quincey

Barcelona: L'Avenç , 2013

La bèstia humana
by Émile Zola
Barcelona: L'Avenç, 2014

L’hostal vermell
by Honoré de Balzac
Barcelona: L'Avenç, 2015

Memoria personal by Joseph Conrad
Barcelona: L'Avenç (to be published, February 2017)

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King Juan Carlos I Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization

(Established in 1983, thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Petrie, this endowed professorship allows New York University to bring to campus each year an eminent scholar of the history and culture of modern Spain.)

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain visited New York University for the first time in December, 1983. On that occasion, John Brademas, then-President of the University, gave the King a doctorate honoris causa in recognition of the enormous contributions His Majesty has made in the causes of democracy and education. During the Ceremony, Brademas announced the creation of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization. As a result of the visit of His Majesty Juan Carlos I in 1983, conversations about the creation of a center for Spanish studies at New York University also were initiated.

The Chair facilitates the exposure of NYU departments and students to other facets of Spain beyond those traditionally present at the University level. Since 1985, this endowed professorship has allowed NYU to bring to campus each year an eminent specialist in the history, politics, economics, or culture of Spain, to offer courses and lectures, and to carry out their own research. It is an intrinsic part of the Center’s mission to integrate the discussion of Spain in fields in which it historically has been marginalized, such as economics, philosophy, and politics. It also brings together scholars of Spain from around the world.

A committee of NYU professors of Hispanic Studies meets each year to evaluate the candidates for the Chair, and to select a Chairholder. In addition to their teaching and research activities, Chairholders participate actively in programming many of the Center’s public events.

“I give thanks in the name of Spain. While it is true that this university has founded the Chair in my name, I am entirely conscious of what the Chair means for my country, for the community of Hispanic nations, and for all Spanish speakers in this hemisphere and on other continents.”

-H.M. Juan Carlos I of Spain

December, 1983

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