The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Medieval Iberia. Unity in Diversity

The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Medieval Iberia. Unity in Diversity

Edited By E. Michael Gerli and Ryan D. Giles. Routledge, 2021.

The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Medieval Iberia: Unity in Diversity draws together the innovative work of renowned scholars as well as several thought-provoking essays from emergent academics, in order to provide broad-range, in-depth coverage of the major aspects of the Iberian medieval world.

Exploring the social, political, cultural, religious, and economic history of the Iberian Peninsula, the volume includes 37 original essays grouped around fundamental themes such as Languages and Literatures, Spiritualities, and Visual Culture.

This interdisciplinary volume is an excellent introduction and reference work for students and scholars in Iberian Studies and Medieval Studies.

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Studi iberici. Dialoghi dall’Italia

Studi iberici. Dialoghi dall’Italia

Célia Nadal Pasqual and Daniele Corsi (eds.). Venice: Ca’ Foscari, 2021.

Born with the intention of overcoming the old framework of the nation-state, in recent years Iberian Studies have opened unprecedented perspectives on the different cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, and on their intertwinings and mutual relations. Attentive to the phenomena of immigration and linguistic minorities, to the colonial past and relations with the Latin American world, but also to the theoretical proposals of Comparatism, Polysystem Theory or Translation Studies, Iberian Studies welcomes debates about literature and the arts, but also about the ideology they convey. This volume examines the state of the discipline, with particular attention to the Italian context.

The volume includes chapters by Santiago Pérez Isasi, Simona Škrabec, Esther Gimeno Ugalde, Katiuscia Darici, Enric Bou or Cèlia Nadal Pasqual, among others. It also includes a commented bibliography of Iberian Studies, and their developments in Italy, selected by Cèlia Nadal Pasqual.

This publication is fully available on Open Access, here.

Call for Papers: ‘Poetics of the Sayable: Framing Crisis and Conflict in Contemporary Spain’ (1 April 2022)

Call for Papers: ‘Poetics of the Sayable: Framing Crisis and Conflict in Contemporary Spain’ (1 April 2022)

Organisers: Dr Maite Usoz de la Fuente (University of Leicester); Prof. Helena Miguélez-Carballeira (Bangor University)

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 September 2021

Conference date: 1 April 2022

Confirmed keynote speakers: Dr David Becerra Mayor (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid); Dr Helena Buffery (University College Cork)

The relationship between culture, crisis and the political imaginaries of the State has undergone a series of important transformations in post-2008 Spain, which are ripe for critical analysis by the discipline of peninsular Hispanic/Iberian studies. In particular, three historical-cultural developments have been determining in this regard:

  1. the irruption of the theme of the España vaciada (emptied rural spaces) in the Spanish public sphere after the 2008 financial crisis; its political articulation in Spanish depopulated rural areas (Teruel Existe; Soria Ya) and the exacerbation of urban-rural tensions with the Covid-19 pandemic
  2. Basque separatist group ETA’s ceasefire in 2011 and the ensuing memory battles over the legacies of violence
  3. The Catalan Referendum of Independence of October 2017, whose violent and judicialized repression has sparked questions about the ‘fullness’ of Spanish post-Francoist democracy

The aim of this interdisciplinary one-day research event is, therefore, to consider how recent experiences of crisis and conflict in Spain have been culturally framed within the Spanish public sphere. A working premise is that the discourses of Spanish nationalism and unionism, intensified by the arrival into parliamentary politics of far-right parties, provide one such cultural frame (to use Butler’s term) for what is sayable. Focusing on works published from 2010 onwards, we will consider the way in which cultural texts from the Peninsula have reflected crises and conflicts over the past decade; as well as which narratives have been promoted, celebrated and institutionalised, and which have been disavowed, ignored or silenced. The topics that could be explored in the conference include (but are not limited to):

  1. Literary, visual or media representations of España vaciada
  2. Narratives of neo-ruralismo and/or neo-casticismo
  3. Cultural and media representations of the Basque conflict
  4. Cultural and media representations of the Catalan independence referendum and the ensuing political crisis in Spain
  5. Comparative approaches to conflicting narratives and discourses on any of the topics above

Paper abstracts of ca. 250 words should be sent to Maite Usoz de la Fuente ( by 15 September 2021. This event is funded by the Regional Conference Grant of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR). Four travel bursaries of up to £100 each will be made available to postgraduate or early career participants – if you wish to apply for a bursary, please indicate so in your abstract, and send a copy of your CV as well as your abstract.

IStReS Zotero library now freely available online

IStReS Zotero library now freely available online

The IStReS team (Iberian Studies Reference Site) is proud to announce that, thanks to a redesign of the Zotero web interface, our bibliographic library is now available in a user-friendly, searchable and even exportable format.

The IStReS library currently collects and systematizes a comprehensive, relational bibliography of over 2,100 titles published in the last two decades in multiple languages —including all Iberian languages— that deal with the polycentric relationships between the different cultures and literatures of the Peninsula throughout history.

Thanks to the new Zotero online version, users can:

  • browse over 2,100 references;
  • download full text, when available;
  • display references alphabetically, by date of publication or by author, among many other options;
  • obtain full details of any individual item;
  • search for authors, titles or keywords (using the top search bar or the tags menu at the bottom left);
  • or even export citations or bibliographies in a wide range of formats including APA, Chicago or MLA.

The IStReS bibliographic library is available here.

We are happy to help explain the potential uses of Zotero for researchers! We hope that this new interface will help make IStReS even more useful for scholars working in the field of Iberian Comparative Studies.

For queries please contact us at

Curso de verano ‘Diálogos culturales ibéricos y transatlánticos: el espíritu de las vanguardias, un siglo después’

Curso de verano ‘Diálogos culturales ibéricos y transatlánticos: el espíritu de las vanguardias, un siglo después’

28 de junio a 2 de julio de 2021 (online)

La Cátedra de Estudos Ibéricos de la Universidade de Évora, en colaboración con la Universidad de Extremadura, organiza el curso de verano online Diálogos culturales ibéricos y transatlánticos: el espíritu de las vanguardias, un siglo despuésintegrado en el programa del Campus Yuste, promovido por la Academia Europea e Iberoamericana de Yuste y por la Junta de Extremadura.

El curso analizará, desde diversas perspectivas y basándose en diferentes lenguajes artísticos (literatura, artes plásticas, arquitectura, música…), la pervivencia en nuestros días del espíritu de las nuevas propuestas estéticas (y éticas), nacidas en las primeras décadas del siglo XX, que pretendían redefinir el espacio del arte en la sociedad y que conocemos con el nombre de ‘vanguardias’.

Este curso pretende también reforzar las relaciones en materia de cooperación lingüística y promoción del bilingüismo que suponen una oportunidad de desarrollo en las regiones transfronterizas como Extremadura, así como en el ámbito iberoamericano y otras áreas geográficas en las que el español y el portugués son lenguas vehiculares.

El evento, dirigido por Antonio Sáez Delgado (U. Évora) y José Luis Bernal (U. Extremadura), contará con la participación de María Payeras, Joana Cunha Leal, Alejandro Mejías López o Javier Rodríguez Marcos, entre otros.

Las inscripciones (gratuitas) se realizan a través de este link. El programa completo del evento puede consultarse aquí.

Más información en la página de la Fundación Yuste. o de la Cátedra de Estudos Ibéricos de la Universidade de Évora.

Pleibéricos 1st Anniversary Event (Pleibéricos 11)

Pleibéricos 1st Anniversary Event (Pleibéricos 11)

Wednesday 23 June, 7 PM CET (6 PM UK/Portugal time)

Pleibéricos marks its first anniversary with a special, multilingual event that will showcase 5 new books in Iberian Studies in conversation with their authors. Exceptionally, this event (the last on in this second season) will have 5 guest moderators and presentations in five Iberian languages. The books presented in this session are:

  • Discursos, identidades y transgresión en la música popular española (1980-2010). El caso del glam rock y sus variantes.
    Autora: Sara Arenillas Meléndez
  • La cuestión vasca, dos miradas: Joseba Azkarraga y Javier Sádaba.
    Autora: María del Olmo Ibáñez
  • Els marges dels mapes: una geografia desplaçada.
    Autor: Àlex Matas Pons
  • Women Writing Portuguese Colonialism in Africa.
    Autora: Ana Paula Ferreira
  • Contemporary Galician Women Writers.
    Autora: Catherine Barbour

The event can be followed live on YouTube here: 

Since June 2020, Pleibéricos has hosted 11 monthly live events, launching 45 books in conversation with authors in Catalan, Galician, Portuguese and Spanish. Special events have included a PhD theses showcase and a round table with editors of special book series and journals on Iberian topics. The live events are broadcast on YouTube and then split into shorter videos and podcast episodes focused on individual books.

Pleibéricos was founded and is coordinated and moderated by Prof Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham University) and Dr Esther Gimeno Ugalde (University of Vienna), with additional guest moderators in every event. 

For more information, including links to Pleibéricos’ social media pages and videos, please visit, or follow @Pleibéricos on Twitter, Instagram or any Podcast platform.