The University of Huddersfield organizes, on 28 and 29 November 2019, the International Conference ‘Arts and Models of Democracy in post-authoritarian Iberian Peninsula’.

This two-day conference aims to innovatively question how artistic practices and institutions formed ways of imagining democracy and by what means arts and culture participate in the wider social struggle to define freedom and equality for the post-Estado Novo and post-Francoist period: how did artistic practices instantiate ideas of democracy in this context? Inversely, how did such democratic values inform artistic practice? How did Portuguese and Spanish artists and intellectuals negotiate between creative autonomy and social responsibility? And more broadly, what is the role of culture in a democracy? The core purpose of the conference is to bring scholars together from different subject areas and exploring any artistic practice (literature, visual and plastic arts, cinema and music).

PhD students, early careers and senior researchers are invited to submit an abstract to engage in an interdisciplinary and comparative debate on how the field of culture framed different ideas of democracy in the Iberian post-authoritarian transitions during the 1970s and early 1980s. Papers will be 30-minutes in length with 15 minutes of discussion time, to enable the fullest exchange.

Please submit proposals (300 words) and a short bio to I.ContrerasZubillaga(at) and g.quaggio(at) by Friday 31 May 2019. The programme will be announced in early July.

More information in the conference website.