Ramon Llull (c.1232 – c.1316) was a pioneering Catalan visionary, philosopher and logician. His work is deeply embedded in the Mediterranean cultural space, its diversity of cultures, religions, landscapes and languages. Join us on 28 October in Senate House University of London to commemorate the seventh centenary of the death of this extraordinary thinker. Earlier in the day the Medieval Hispanic Research at Queen Mary University of London will hold an intensive study session examining current research on Llull with leading international academics.
Maria del Mar Bonet closes the symposium which the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris is holding on Ramon Llull and Islam
On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of Ramon Llull, on 21 October the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL), the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) are organising a day of studies on the relation between Llull and Islam. The IMA symposium will bring together writers and students of Islam, Mediaeval thought and the history of science in the Maghreb in order to rediscover, through lectures and round tables, the close ties between the Arab world and the Mallorcan philosopher and thinker, who travelled the Mediterranean preaching access to the Christian faith through logic. To close it the Mallorcan singer Maria del Mar Bonet will give the concert ‘Alenar Llull’, a kaleidoscope of sounds of the Mediterranean coasts which take Llull’s work as the central source of inspiration.
The travelling exhibition ‘The ineffable truth’ heads over 50 activities programmed for Llull Year internationally
The director of the Institut Ramon Llull, Manuel Forcano, the managing director of IEMed-Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània, Josep Ferré, the curator of Llull Year in Catalonia, Joan Santanach, and the curator of Llull Year in the Balearic Islands, Maribel Ripoll, have this morning presented the international programme for Llull Year, being held this year to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of the Majorcan thinker and writer, the most universal author in Catalan culture.
Llull Year programmes nearly 300 activities to recover and disseminate the work of the Balearic philosopher
The Minister for Culture, Santi Vila, and the curator of Llull Year, Joan Santanach, today presented the activities of Llull Year, which is being celebrated this year to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of the writer and thinker. Llull Year has programmed nearly 300 activities, including exhibitions, readings, conferences, round tables, concerts, editorial, academic and educational projects, plays, dance, activities in schools and press conferences. Of the total activities programmed, 160 will be held in Catalonia, 40 in the Balearic Islands, 10 in Spain, and 72 in other countries.
Ramon Llull (1232-1316) is one of the most outstanding figures of Catalan culture of all time, due to the originality of his thinking and the quality of his writing. His work, written principally in Catalan and Latin, and probably in Arabic too, has been hugely influential among great philosophers from the 14th century to the present day. His books have been published and translated into dozens of languages and his philosophy has been studied in the most prestigious academic and cultural centres in the western world.
On Monday, 30th November Artur Mas, acting President of the Generalitat, accompanied by the Minister of Culture, Ferran Mascarell, will preside over the inaugural event of Llull Year, commemorated from November 2015 to 2016, to mark the 700th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest exponents of European culture and thought.