The Institut Ramon Llull
Director: Manuel Forcano
Manuel Forcano (Barcelona, 1968) has a doctorate in Semitic Philology from the University of Barcelona. After studying Hebrew Studies in Israel, and Arabic Studies in Syria and Egypt, he was a professor of Hebrew and Aramaic at the University of Barcelona (1996-2004).
As a poet, he has seven books published, including Les mans descalces (Barefoot Hands, 1992), Corint (Corinth, 2000), winner of the Barcelona Jocs Florals (poetry competition) in 2000, Com un persa (Like a Persian, 2001), winner of the 2002 International Tivoli Europe Giovanni Prize, and Ciència Exacta (Exact Science, 2014), winner of the 2014 Miquel de Palol Prize.
A specialist on the history of the Jews in Catalonia, he has also published the book of historical and literary essays A fil d’espasa. Les croades vistes pels jueus (Put to the Sword: the Crusades as Seen by the Jews, 2007), Història de la Catalunya jueva (The History of the Jews in Catalonia, 2010), together with the historian Sílvia Planas, and Els jueus catalans. La història que mai no t’han explicat (The Jews in Catalonia: the Story You’ve Never Been Told, 2014). He has also translated the work of several modern Israeli poets from Hebrew into Catalan, namely Pinchas Sadé, Ronny Someck and Yehuda Amichai, and the novel El mateix mar (The Same Sea, 2002), by Amos Oz.
He has also worked as head of projects of the Jordi Savall International Early Music Centre Foundation, taking over as managing director in 2012.
General Manager: Josep Marcé
Postgraduate degree in Economics and Autonomous and Local Treasury Management from the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Barcelona. Degree in Law from the University of Barcelona..
2002 to present: Manager of the Ramon Llull Institute (IRL).
2001-2002: Chief of improvement programmes for the Administration of Justice of the Ministry of Justice, Government of Catalonia.
1999-2001: Administrator of the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC).
1997-1999: Head of the Department of Economic Resources of the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC).
1993-1997: Head of the Contracts Service of the Ministry of Culture, Government of Catalonia.
1989-1993: Head of the Department of Reports and Contracts Service Management of the Ministry of Culture, Government of Catalonia.
Director of the Creation Department: Marta Oliveres i Tortosa
Marta Oliveres i Tortosa (Barcelona, 1960) is an entrepeneur of the unconventional performing arts who has collaborated with Comediants, Fura dels Baus, Carles Santos, Marcel•lí Antúnez, Xavi Bobés and Sonia Gómez, among other artists.
Founder and Artistic Director of MOM / El Vivero, an international management platform for artists from different disciplines and languages. Editor of ARTRIBUTOS manager (2011/2014) dedicated to the promotion of non-conventional performing arts. Member of the network Informal European Theater Meeting (IETM) since 1992 and member of the first plenary session of the Catalan National Council for Culture and the Arts.(2009-2011).
Director of the Literature and the Humanities Department:Izaskun Arretxe
Izaskun Arretxe Irigoien (Barcelona, 1969) holds a Degree in Catalan Philology from the University of Barcelona, and a Master’s Degree from La Trobe University, Melbourne with the dissertation “The Theory of Love in the Poetry of Ausiàs March”. She was a Catalan teacher at this university between 1993 and 1995.
She headed the editorial and production department at the publishing house Quaderns Crema (1997), and was part of the editorial and production team at Editorial Anagrama (1998-2003). She then became the general manager of Critèria (2003-2007), and finally editorial director of Ara Llibres (2008-2016). Between 2012 and 2014 she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Catalan Publishers Association, and its Vice-President from 2014 to 2016.
Director of the Language and Universities: Josep-Anton Fernàndez
Ph.D in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge and llicenciat in Catalan Language and Literature from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Josep-Anton Fernàndez (Barcelona, 1963) holds a Ph.D in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge and a llicenciatura in Catalan Language and Literature from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He was a language assistant in Catalan at the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice (1988-89) and a colloquial assistant in Spanish at the University of Birmingham (1989-91). Between 1993 and 2006 he was lecturer in Catalan (senior lecturer from 2002) at Queen Mary, University of London, where he founded and directed the Centre for Catalan Studies.
From 2007 until 2015 (when he joined the Institut Ramon Llull) he was senior lecturer in Catalan Studies in the Arts and Humanities Department of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, where he directed the MA in Catalan Studies. He is a specialist in 20th-century Catalan literature and culture and in gender and sexuality studies, with a particular interest in the processes of construction of contemporary subjectivities.
He has published the books El malestar en la cultura catalana: La cultura de la normalització 1976-1999 (2008) and Another Country: Sexuality and National Identity in Catalan Gay Fiction(2000); he is the editor of the volume El gai saber: Introducció als estudis gais i lèsbics (2000) and co-editor (with Adrià Chavarria) of Calçasses, gallines i maricons: Homes contra la masculinitat hegemònica (2004). He has published numerous essays on Catalan literature and culture, cinema and television. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Plataforma per la Llengua.
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