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Catalan Observatory
London School of Economics and Political Science
Clement's Inn, Tower 2, room 5.02
London WC2A 2AE


Tel.: +44 (0)207 955 6119/6058






Summer Events 2017

Thursday 1 June 2017
Catalan Observatory-LSE
Screening of the film Pa negre (Black Bread)
Dir. Agustí Villaronga. Spain, 2010, 108 mins. In Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles.
Followed by a Q&A with Peter Bush (translator of the book) and Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 18 h.
Place: Birkbeck College, University of London, Room B34, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX
In collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, Institut Ramon Llull, and Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), Birkbeck University

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Past Events

Seminar 'Spaniards and Catalans in France after 1939, from the camps to the Resistance'

2 March 2017. Speaker: Rosemary Bailey (author).


Seminar 'Lights and Shadows in Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia'

16 February 2017. Speaker: Paul Preston.


Screening of 'Las mamás Belgas (The Belgian Mothers)'

1 December 2016. Speakers: Linda Palfreeman (University of Elche) and Sven Tuytens (film director).


The Queen Mary Annual Catalan Lecture: 'Francoist Anti-Catalanism in the Spanish Civil War: From the Battle of the Ebro to occupation, pillage and exodus'

29 November 2016. Speaker: Paul Preston.


Seminar 'Los tribunales franquistas en Catalunya: la represión  y los represaliados (1938-1969)'

3 November 2016. Speaker: Conxita Mir (Universitat de Lleida).


Screening of the film 'Ebre, del bressol a la batalla (Ebre: From the Cradle to the Battle)'

24 September 2016. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Román Parrado and Paul Preston

Preston at Born CCM, 14 June 2016

Discussion 'El paper del experts estrangers en l’estudi de la història d’Espanya'

14 June 2016. Speakers: Paul Preston and Montserrat Duch (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona).

Eduardo Mendoza, 24 February 2016

Discussion 'Fact versus Fiction? The Spanish Civil War in the Literary Imagination'

24 February 2016. Speakers: Eduardo Mendoza (novelist), Helen Graham (Royal Holloway) and Paul Preston.


Screening of 'Institutions of Fear (Els internats de la por)'

10 December 2015. Followed by a Q&A session with Montse Armengou and Paul Preston.

Andreu 12 Nov 2015

Conference 'Barcelona, from Textiles to Technology: The Development of a Great City IV'

12 November 2015. Speakers: Marc Andreu (Universitat de Barcelona) and Sebastian Balfour (LSE).

Invisible heroes

Cambridge Film Festival Screening 'Invisible Heroes (Héroes invisibles)'

11 September 2015. Followed by a Q&A session with Jordi Torrent (director) and Paul Preston. 

why nations matter -2- 2June2015

Lecture 'Why Nations Matter'

11 June 2015. Speakers: Craig Calhoun (LSE Director), Antoni Vives  (politician and writer) and Paul Preston. 


Seminar 'Opening up Barcelona to Nature: Transitions on the City’s Edge'

10 March 2015. Speakers: Antoni Vives (Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat, Barcelona City Council) and Adolf Sotoca (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya).

Mari Paz Balibrea

Seminar 'Sport as Culture and Ideology in Barcelona, 1979-1992'

5 February 2015. Speaker: Mari Paz Balibrea (Birkbeck, University of London).

A Poem in Exile

Curzon Victoria Film Screening 'A Poem in Exile (Un poema a l’exili)'

17 December 2014. Followed by a Q&A session with Paul Preston.


Michael Richards

Conference 'Barcelona, from Textiles to Technology: The Development of a Great City III'

26 November 2014. Speakers: Olivia Muñoz-Rojas (Univ. Westminster), Claudie Herrou (Paris 13 University) and Michael Richards (Univ. West England).

Uncertain Glory

Book Launch 'Uncertain Glory: Paul Preston in conversation with Peter Bush' 

14 November 2014. Speakers: Peter Bush (literary translator) and Paul Preston.

Kathryn Crameri

Seminar 'Passion, Pride and Counterpower: Civil Pro-Independence Groups in Catalonia'

6 November 2014. Speaker: Kathryn Crameri (University of Glasgow). 

History and Nationalism

Conference 'History and Nationalism. Spain and Catalonia in a Comparative Context'

23 October 2014. Speakers: Enric Ucelay (Univ. Pompeu Fabra, Spain), Nicola Miller (UCL), Paul Preston.

The Forest

ICA Film Screening 'The Forest (El bosc)'

27 June 2014. Followed by a Q&A session with Paul Preston.


Chris Ealham

Conference 'Barcelona, from Textiles to Technology: The Development of a Great City II'

28 May 2014. Speakers: Chris Ealham (Saint Louis University, Madrid) and Helen Graham (Royal Holloway, London).


Javier Cercas

Book Launch 'Outlaws: Javier Cercas in conversation with Paul Preston'

23 May 2014. Speakers: Javier Cercas (University of Girona, Spain) and Paul Preston.

Javier Tébar

Seminar 'Falangistas, policías, militares y agentes secretos en la Barcelona de posguerra (1939-1945)'

15 May 2014. Speakers: Javier Tébar Hurtado y José Fernando Mota (Univ. Autónoma Barcelona).

Claire Colomb

Seminar 'Barcelona theme park? Neighbourhood conflicts and urban tourism in Barcelona'

6 March 2014. Speaker: Claire Colomb (University College London).

Eyes on the Sky

ICA Film Screening 'Eyes on the Sky (Mirant al cel)'

30 January 2014. Followed by a Q&A session with Paul Preston. 


Moisès Broggi

Seminar 'Medicine and the Spanish Civil War: The Story of Moisès Broggi, legendary Catalan surgeon'

28 November 2013. Speaker: Lorena Cervera Ferrer (freelance filmmaker).

Angel Smith

Round table 'Barcelona, from Textiles to Technology: The Development of a Great City I'

9 October 2013. Speakers: Angel Smith (University of Leeds), Francisco Romero Salvadó (University of Bristol) and Nick Rider (LSE).

Giovanna Carnevali

Presentation 'Constructing Europe: 25 Years of European Architecture'

20 June 2013. Speaker: Giovanna Carnevali (Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe - Barcelona).

Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War

Book launch

14 February 2013. Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War. Reconstructing the Nationby Andrew Dowling(Cardiff University).

 Mies Van Der Rohe

Presentation of the work by Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona

12 December 2012. Speaker: Giovanna Carnevali (Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe - Barcelona).

Montserrat Guibernau

Debate 'The Catalan Elections: Consequences for Spain and Catalonia'

29 November 2012. Speakers: Paul Preston, Montserrat Guibernau, Walter Oppenheimer, Elena Moya, Anna Bosch, Dídac Gutiérrez-Peris.

 Francisco Espinosa

II Conference on Historical Memory

7 June 2012. Speakers: Paul Preston, Layla Renshaw (Kingston University), Francisco Espinosa, Martin Jönsson, Javier Cervera (Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid), José Luis Ledesma (Universidad de Zaragoza), Joan Villarroya (Universitat de Barcelona), Emilio Silva, Peter Anderson (University of Bath), Jordi Guixé.  

Antoni Vives

Conference 'Olympics and the City: Barcelona 1992 - London 2012'

15 May 2012. Speakers: Tony Travers (LSE), Ricky Burdett (LSE Cities), Toni Vives (Barcelona Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat), Vicente Guallart (Chief Architect of Barcelona), Andy Thornley (Emeritus Professor, LSE).

Roser Clavell

Workshop 'The Crisis and Local Government: from Austerity to Internationalisation'

2 May 2012. Speakers: Roser Clavell (Patronat Catalunya Món), Miquel Salvador (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Juan Carlos Belloso (Barcelona City Branding), Joaquim Llimona (Director of International Relations, Barcelona City Council), Henry Overman (Director of SERC, LSE), Simona Iammarino (LSE).

Antoni Vives

Conference 'Barcelona Project: Leading the Way Out of the Crisis'

22 February 2012. Speakers: Antoni Vives (Barcelona Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat), Vicente Guallart (Chief Architect, Barcelona City Council), Ricky Burdett (LSE Cities), Ian Gordon (Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE).

Paul Preston

Joint Book Launch 'The Politics and Symbolism of Post-War Reconstruction in Franco’s Spain'

16 February 2012. Ashes and Granite. Destruction and Reconstruction in the Spanish Civil War and its Aftermath by Olivia Muñoz-Rojas (University of Westminster) and Reconstructing Spain. Cultural Heritage and Memory after Civil War by Dacia Viejo-Rose (University of Cambridge).

Ramon Tremosa

Book Launch

5 December 2011. The Potential of the Mediterranean Sea in the New Global Trade Flows. The case of the Catalan ports and the Mediterranean corridor by Ramon Tremosa (MEP).

Roser Clavell

Round Table 'The Emergence of a Non-State Diplomacy'

30 November 2011. Speakers: Lord Colin Boyd (Former Lord Advocate for Scotland),  Pierre Boulanger (Agent-General, Québec Government Office in London), Roser Clavell (Patronat Catalunya Món), Linda Fabiani (Member of the Scottish Parliament), Jan De Mulder (Belgium/Flemish Representation the European Union).

Salvador Giner

Seminar 'Catalonia at the Crossroads'

16 June 2011. Speaker: Salvador Giner (President de l'Institut d'Estudis Catalans).

Vicenç Villatoro

Seminar 'The International Significance of Catalan Culture'

26 May 2011. Speaker: Vicenç Villatoro (Director de l'Institut Ramon Llull).

Juan Maria Nin

Public Lecture 'Thoughts on the Macroeconomic Situation: the Role of La Caixa'

5 October 2010. Speaker: Juan Maria Nin (President and CEO of La Caixa).

Miquel Caminal

Conference 'Historical Memory: Policy and Practice'

1-2 July 2010. Speakers: Miquel Caminal (Director of Memorial Democràtic), Jordi Guixé (Head of Projects, Memorial Democràtic), Dacia Viejo-Rose (University of Cambridge), Raúl Digón, Conxita Mir (Universitat de Lleida), Angela Jackson (No Jubilem la Memòria), Carme Molinero (Universitat de Barcelona), Peter Anderson (LSE).

Sports, Socialization and Economic Development

Conference 'Sports, Socialization and Economic Development'

8 June 2010. Speakers: Anna Pruna (Generalitat de Catalunya), Charles Wijeratna (Director of Commercial Negotiations, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games), Pedro Fontana (Former Director of Commercial Barcelona Organising Committee, COOB'92), Ricky Burdett (Director of LSE Cities), Jordi Alcover (Union for Sportive Federations of Catalonia), Guillermo Pérez (Sub-Director of CAR Barcelona), Borja García (Loughborough University).

Innovation and Policy Learning Health Care

Conference 'Innovation and Policy Learning in Health Care: Catalonia and UK in Europe'

17-18 March 2010. Julian Le Grand (LSE), Guillem López Casasnovas (University Pompeu Fabra), Scott Greer (University of Michigan), Alistair McGuire (LSE), Gwyn Bevan (LSE), Rosa Deulofeu Vilarnau (Catalan Transplant Organization), Mireia Jofre Bonet (City University London), Joan Costa-Font (LSE).

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