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International Catalan Cultural Societies

The international Catalan Cultural Societies are academic associations that bring together experts and scholars of Catalan language and culture from different countries with the aim of presenting, fostering and expanding the knowledge of Catalan culture through various linguistic, literary and cultural activities.

These associations promote a range of projects geared to encourage research in subjects related to Catalan culture and language (grants for students and young researchers, prizes, etc.) and make the results of their research known through seminars, symposia and scientific journals. In addition, they encourage cooperation with other institutions and associations that share similar interests.


The Anglo-Catalan Society was founded in 1954 in Oxford and exists to promote awareness and appreciation of Catalan culture in the British Isles and to encourage cultural relations between the two communities. While the Society serves as a professional forum for those involved in the teaching of Catalan studies, equal importance is attached to the role of bringing together Catalans and 'Catalanophiles' in the United Kingdom.

The main focus of  the Anglo-Catalan Society’s activities is the annual conference which has been held without interruption since the Society's foundation. The programmes cover a wide diversity of topics (linguistic, historical, literary, sociological, musical, etc.) whose common denominator is the Catalan dimension, including Valencia, the Balearics and French Catalonia.


In 1968 the International Association of Catalan Language and Literature emerged which was officially founded in Cambridge in 1973. It brings together people interested in Catalan language and literature with the aim of promoting and broadening the knowledge of Catalan culture.

Every three years the association organises an international debate on subjects related to Catalan philology and publishes information on the events; it also publishes the bi-annual scientific journal Estudis de Llengua i Literatura Catalanes (Studies in Catalan Language and Literature) and distributes regular information about work sessions and publications on the theme amongst its members.


The Association Française des Catalanistes aims to encourage research and teaching in all areas of Catalan culture; to make available and publish the results through different means (workshops, seminars, colloquia and publications); and to establish and maintain contact with researchers and writers at universities in other countries where similar work is being done.


The AISC was established in 1978 by a group of university professors of language, linguistics, literature, history, art history, architecture, etc., specialised in Catalan studies. Currently it draws together individuals interested in promoting Italian-Catalan relations.

The AISC focuses its activity on Catalan language and culture, with a strong interdisciplinary focus, both in the areas of research and teaching, and simultaneously works to promote and broaden the knowledge of Catalan culture in Italy.

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The German-Catalan Association began as the Deutsch-Katalanische Gesellschaft. The members first gathered on October 15, 1983 in Karlsruhe, before it was officially founded on November 17, 1987 in Frankfurt am Main. On October 2, 1997 at the Association’s meeting in Jena, the decision was made to change its name to Deutscher Katalanistenverband e.V.

The German-Catalan Association aims to broaden the visibility and knowledge of Catalan language and culture in German-speaking areas through a range of linguistic, literary and cultural activities. Among these are colloquia on Catalan language and culture, in particular the Col·loqui Germano-català;  publications of scientific works;  promotion of scientific projects and new generations of researchers; and the encouragement of interdisciplinary cooperation, especially with other institutions and associations focused on Romance languages and the Catalan language and culture, both in Germany and abroad.


The North American Catalan Society (NACS) is a professional association of scholars, students, and people with a general interest in any aspect of Catalan culture (literature, linguistics, visual and performing arts, history, and philosophy, among other disciplines).

Founded in 1978, during the First Colloquium of Catalan Studies in North America (held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), the NACS is committed to encouraging and advancing the study of Catalan language and culture in the North American academy. It seeks to foster greater visibility for and dissemination of scholarship in the field of Catalan Studies and serves as a central point of reference, as well as a public voice, for a network of scholars in this field. To this end, the NACS holds triennial colloquia (along with occasional smaller symposia) and publishes the  Catalan Review: International Journal of Catalan Culture.


On August 29, 2012  the founding meeting of the Associació de Catalanistes de l'Amèrica Llatina (ACAL) took place in Guadalajara, Mexico. The aim of this association is to promote studies of Catalan language, literature and culture in Latin American countries and to encourage contact among the two communities.


On December 21, 2006, the presidents of several international associations of Catalan Studies agreed to found the International Federation of Catalan Associations (FIAC). These academic institutions represent Catalan language and culture in several countries and have always tried to stay in contact albeit without an organisation to co-ordinate and promote their efforts.

Therefore, the FIAC does not replace any of the initiatives that already exist but it will seek to cement the dialogue between the associations in and outside the Catalan speaking territories, thereby fostering their work. The most important aims of this new federation are: the coordination of actions to encourage Catalan culture throughout the world, and, the organisation of collaborative projects in order to guarantee the highest promotion in the field of international Catalan activities.

The Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.
Generalitat de Catalunya Govern de les Illes Balears Ajuntament de Barcelona
The IRL forms part of the Fundació Ramon Llull, which was established by the Government of Andorra, the Ramon Llull Institute, General Council of the Eastern Pyrenees, the city of Alghero, Balearic Islands Towns and Entities Network and the group of Valencian Cities, and has its central offices in Andorra.
Fundació Ramon Llull