Institut Ramon LLull

Celebrating 30 years of Catalan Teaching in Romania

Language.  17/03/2023

The University of Bucharest celebrates the 30th anniversary of formal and continued teaching of Catalan language and culture with an event on March 16th and two following training days for teachers of Catalan studies from universities in Central and Eastern Europe, organized by The Institut Ramon LLull.

The University of Bucharest hosted an event on Thursday 16th, March in celebration of 30 years of academic studies of Catalan Language and Culture. The event is a tribute and an appreciation to the Romanian people that contributed to the education of philologists, professors, translators, editors, and scholars in the field of Catalan studies working to disseminate and strengthen the links between the two languages and cultures.

In the Academic year 1992-1993, a Lectureship in Catalan started at the capital of Romania at the request of the Department of Romanian Linguistics and with the support of The Institut Ramon Llull. The Lectureship has been led by the professors Xavier Montoliu Pauli (1992-1996), Glòria Roig (1996-1997), Joan Llinàs Suau (1997-2017 and currently), Jordi Cassany Bates (2017-2019) and Víctor Peña Irles (2019-2023).

The institutional act of the celebration provided a historical overview of the development of Catalan studies in Bucharest, showing some of the results achieved in those years. The ceremony also included the presentation of the book Casa meua, casa voastra - Català i romanés en contrast, by Vicent Beltran from the University of Alacant, an exhibition on the reception of Catalan literature in Romania, by the editor Jana Balacciu Matei from Editorial Meronia and the concert Cancons de fer cami, with the Catalan musicians Mireia Vives and Borja Penalba.

During the two following days, 17th and 18th March, the Institut Ramon Llull organized the Training days for teachers of Catalan Studies from universities in Central and Eastern Europe. In the congress, addressed to the Catalan lectors of the area, participated universities from Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Serbia. The training days were organized at The Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Bucharest, consisting of several workshops, seminars, and studies of the methodology of teaching Catalan as a foreign language.

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