The main theme of the seminar, as the same suggests, is catastrophe and its representations in the literary imaginary. It is structured in a series of round tables and organised by the Catalan Studies Centre (CEC) and the Lusophone Studies Centre (EL), within the framework of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for the Contemporary Iberian Worlds (CRIMIC) at the Sorbonne in Paris. Catalan teachers will be contributing to the seminar by giving lectures on the subject matter proposed. The activity will be held on Friday 16 May at CEC headquarters in Paris.
The seminar will begin with a presentation by the teachers Sadi Lakhdari, assistant director of the CRIMIC, Maria Graciete Besse, director of the EL and Mònica Güell, director of the CEC. Next comes the first round table, chaired by Marc Audí, with contributions from Alda Lentina, teacher at the CRIMIC, Maria Dasca, of Pompeu Fabra University, and Maria Araúja da Silva, also of the Sorbonne. At this first session Maria Dasca will be giving a lecture entitled “A busy traffic of blood and death. The representation of the Civil War in the post-war novel”.
A second round table, chaired by Fernando Curopos, will include Karim Joutet, of the Sorbonne, who will talk about “Internal immigration in the work of Maria Barbal: a representation of social catastrophe?”, and Anna Adao, of the Sorbonne.
In the afternoon there will be two more round tables, the first chaired by Maria Graciete Besse and the second by Maria Araujo da Silva. At this second round table of the afternoon there will be two teachers of Catalan. Marc Audí, of the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, who will give the lecture ‘Echoes of the second birth of Joan Brossa: war and poetic creation. Mònica Güell of the Sorbonne will give the lecture “’Tensho’: a poem by Carles Duarte after
The CEC, established in 1977 under the sponsorship of the President of the Sorbonne and from a joint initiative between the university and various Catalan individuals and entities, has a threefold purpose: academic, cultural and scientific. With the support of the Institut Ramon Llull it organises annual activities for the dissemination of Catalan language and culture which show the close ties between Catalan and French culture.
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