Ernesto Castro is one of Spain’s most promising millennial philosophers, sparking questions on our youth, our world, and its existential concerns. Castro finds meaning in the most recondite spaces, from trap music to the unaddressed postmodern philosophical tendencies within the Iberian Peninsula. In this conversation, we will touch upon ‘Hispanidad.’ What does Hispanic heritage and the complicity of a ‘shared’ culture and/or language mean? We will also explore philosophy’s role in our current world: Is philosophy still alive and for whom? Is being young a state of mind? Above all, Castro thinks against the flow, bringing together diverse philosophical trends - ancient, modern and beyond - to better navigate our times.
Ernesto Castro (Madrid, 1990) has taught Philosophy classes at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Zaragoza. Hi publications include Against postmodernity (Alpha Decay, 2011), Un palo al agua: Essays on aesthetics (Micromegas, 2016), Trap: Millennial Philosophy for crisis in Spain (Errata Naturae, 2019), Postcontinental Realism: Ontology and epistemology for the 21st century (Materia Oscura, 2020) and Ethics, aesthetics and politica: Essays (and mistakes) of a metaindignant (Arpa, 2020). His poems have been included in the anthology They were twenty years and crazy (La Bella Varsovia, 2011). Professor Castro has a YouTube channel with more than 65.000 subscribers where he uploads videos of his classes, conferences and interviews.
Casilda García López (Madrid, 2000) is a senior at the Film & TV program at Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in Spanish and BEMT (Business for Entertainment, Media and Technology.) She is the first undergraduate student to serve on the KJCC’s advisory committee. She sees film as the most accessible and creative medium to share her questions on life. García López has a profound passion for Spanish-speaking music and cultures, and has received two DURF Research Grants to investigate the musical evolution in the Iberian Peninsula (from cuplé to trap 1926-2020) – her findings are shared in her WNYU radio show and writings. In 2019, she won Madrid’s León Felipe Youth Poetry Award and her poems can be found in the M-21 magazine or Esferas Journal.