Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 90


New York


Iolanda Batallé, new Director of the Institut Ramon Llull

On Wednesday, September 26, the Institute Ramon Llull’s Governing Board named writer and publisher Iolanda Batallé the new director of the Institute. Batallé takes the place of Manuel Forcano, who has occupied the position for the past two-and-a-half years.  

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Cinema.  UMass,  07/11/2018

11th Catalan Film Festival at the University of Massachusetts

This November, the Catalan Studies Program at UMass is hosting its 11th Catalan Film Festival. It will be held from November 5th through November 9th. 

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Cinema.  New York,  25/10/2018

Catalan Cinema’s Radical Years, 1968–1978 featured in The MoMA Film Series

This series traces 10 revolutionary years in the history of Catalan cinema: the period between 1968 and 1978, when the fate of Spain—and Catalonia’s place in it—lay in the balance. The death of General Francisco Franco on November 20, 1975, and the ascension of Juan Carlos I to the throne made possible the nation’s transition from brutal dictatorship to fragile democracy. The Catalan language, after nearly a half-century of censorship, could once again be expressed freely in the streets and in the arts.

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Language.  Georgetown University, Washington DC,  02/11/2018

1st Institut Ramon Llull Workshop on Bilingualism

“Bilingualism” has long been a provocative term in Catalonia, where the concept is more often treated as ideological dogma than as a description of linguistic fact. This phenomenon is not peculiar to Catalonia; Joshua Fishman observed in the 1980’s the distinctly negative charge of all things “bilingual” in mainstream discourse in the United States.  This talk will present a critical overview of these two discourses and their manifestations in the Koiné debate.  It will consider what it means for engaged Catalan sociolinguistics to have eschewed the concept of bilingualism, and whether its recuperation is desirable and feasible in the present context. 

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Culture.  Quebec,  30/11/2018

CULTURE CATALANE: Catalan Culture in Quebec

CULTURE CATALANE is an arts season, an action to raise the profile and promote all the Catalan cultural activity that will be taking place from September 2018 to July 2019 at different venues in the cities of Montreal and Quebec. And ... this time we’re coming to Saguenay!

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Performing.  New York,  02/11/2018

Dancer Cesc Gelabert premieres Framing Time in New York City

Framing Time is a quietly thrilling meditation on music, light, and movement centered on Morton Feldman's 1981 solo piano piece Triadic Memories. Feldman's spare, mystical piano piece--a work the composer described as the "biggest butterfly in captivity"--merges with an intricate color and light interplay, joined by dance and sculptural elements. Vividly rendered by pianist Pedja Muzijevic, the shifting colors and elastic tempos of Feldman's painterly music are transformed into acute, poetic movement by Spanish choreographer and dancer Cesc Gelabert, with set and lighting design by Burke Brown.

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Literature.  USA,  15/11/2018

Asymptote Journal's special feature on Catalan literature

The Fall issue of Asymptote, “Transfigurations,” is now live, showcasing never-before-published work by some of the most beloved figures working in world literature. In its Catalan Fiction Special Feature, Asymptote presents celebrated writers J. V. Foix, Cèlia Suñol, and Manuel Baixaulí alongside emerging voices that represent the future of Catalan literature: Najat El Hachmi, Marta Rojals, and Neus Canyelles.

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Music.  USA,  06/11/2018

Jordi Savall and The Routes of Slavery return to the US

Early music interpreter Jordi Savall and artists representing Europe, Africa, and the Americas explore the music through which enslaved peoples forged a sense of community, preserved their own humanity, and found a way to endure in the face of unspeakable bondage. Savall and his collaborators honor their journeys through the incredible music legacy they left in this presentation.

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Language.  Bloomington University, IN,  03/11/2018

Translating Catalan literature to be discussed at ALTA conference

The nature of so-called minority languages is that they can never rest, they are always in danger, and that restlessness and fear of death temper both the writing of their literatures and their translation. 

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Language.  USA,  08/12/2018

Back to school... and to Cafè català!

Come and join Cafè català at your university to mingle and practice your Catalan! Free and open to everyone!

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