Institut Ramon LLull

Centres d'estudis avançats i recerca

Centres for Advanced Studies and Research

Professorships and research centres are means of formalising and putting the spotlight on long-term cooperation between Catalan institutions and universities, with broad objectives in the fields of teaching, research and knowledge transfer. They also facilitate the furtherance of the study of and research on any topic related to Catalan Studies in the broadest of senses, from an innovative and interdisciplinary perspective.


Created in 1977 with a scholarly, cultural and scientific aim, the Centre d’Études Catalanes (CEC) at Paris-Sorbonne University offers its own University Diploma and regularly organises Catalan culture research and dissemination activities: exhibitions of works by Catalan artists, lecture series, poet gatherings, study days, conferences, etc.

Currently led by Dr Mònica Güell, the CEC works very closely with the Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur les Mondes Ibériques Contemporains (CRIMIC).

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Since the 2005/06 academic year, Queen Mary University of London has hosted the Centre for Catalan Studies with the aim of promoting and consolidating Catalan Studies in the United Kingdom and becoming a focus of innovation in research from cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. At the same time, it serves as a centre for the dissemination of Catalan culture in the academic field. Led by Professor John London, the Centre fosters links between Catalan Studies researchers by organising seminars, lectures, conferences and publications on a variety of disciplines, and promotes the training of new researchers.

The Centre’s activities include the Writer-in-Residence initiative, which has hosted writers such as Najat El Hachmi, Gaspar Jaén and Narcís Comadira, and the Visiting Research Fellow, Academic-in-Residence, Visiting Translator and Research Fellow academic research projects, with the participation of scholars such as Ronald Puppo, Pilar Godayol, Sam Abrams, Dolors Udina, James Hawkey, Rhiannon McGlade and Mercè Picornell.

Catalan Studies Centre (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)

In 2018, the Catalan Studies Centre at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań was created to promote research in Poland on various aspects of Catalan language and literature, and to popularise the culture of the Catalan-speaking territories. The CSC of the AMU organises two academic conferences and lectures given by leading specialists every year, all for educational purposes and to strengthen research links with Hispanic and Romance studies in Poland. In addition to collaborating with the UW research group Otra Iberia on its annual conference, the CSC Poznań organises plays, musical performances and film club meetings, and has begun publishing academic studies in Polish. Alfons Gregori, who also coordinates the Catalan lectureship, which has been active since 1989, currently directs the CSC.

Center for Catalan Studies CAT (University for Foreigners of Siena

The Center for Catalan Studies in Italy CAT was born from the collaboration, formally active since 2018, between the Institut Ramon Llull and the University for Foreigners of Siena with the aim of consolidating Catalan studies in Tuscany and Italy, and to cultivate cross-cultural exchange between the two shores of the Mediterranean. The CAT's core interest is Catalan studies approached from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives, and its main activities include producing scientific research, hosting researchers (research mobility) and various other proposals for the dissemination, training and teaching of the Catalan language and culture.

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