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Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies
London School of Economics and Political Science
Clement's Inn, Tower 2, room 5.02
London WC2A 2AE

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7955 6119/6058



Summer Term Events 2016 

Tuesday 5 April 2016
Two’s Company Theatre
Performance of the play The Fifth Column, by Ernest Hemingway  
Followed by a discussion with Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 19.30 h.
Place: Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD
Further information and tickets

Thursday 28 April 2016
Catalan Observatory Seminar
The Forging of a New Anarchism: the Grupos Obreros Autónomos (the Autonomous Workers’ Groups) in the neighbourhood struggle in Barcelona, 1968-1975
Speaker: Dr. Maggie Torres (Cañada Blanch Centre, LSE)
Chair: Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11

Thursday 5 May 2016
Cañada Blanch Research Students’ Discussion Group
Time: 16 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11

Thursday 12 May 2016
Cañada Blanch Seminar
No Clouds across the Holiday Sun? The Politics of Tourism between Western Europe and the Franco Dictatorship, 1945-1975
Speaker: Dr. Patricia Hertel  (University of Basel, Switzerland)
Chair: Prof. Sebastian Balfour
: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11

Tuesday 17 May 2016
Daunt Books
Presentation of The Last Days of the Spanish Republic  by Paul Preston
In conversation with Prof. Ian Kershaw 
Time: 19 h.
Place: Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW

Saturday 21 May 2016
Labour Heritage AGM and Conference
Lectures by Prof. Paul Preston on ‘The Spanish Holocaust’ and by Prof. Jane Martin  (University of Birmingham) on ‘The life and work of Caroline Benn’
Time: 13.30 h.
Place: Unite the Union (7th Floor council chamber), 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN

Thursday 26 May 2016
Cañada Blanch Seminar
The Spanish Civil Wars: A Comparative Study of the First Carlist War and the Conflict of the 1930s 
Speaker: Dr. Mark Lawrence (University of Kent)
Chair: Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11

Thursday 9 June 2016
Cañada Blanch Research Students’ Discussion Group
Time: 16 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11

Tuesday 14 June 2016
University of Barcelona
Honorary degree award to Paul Preston
Time: 12 h.
Place: Paraninfo, Edificio Histórico, Universitat de Barcelona, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 585, Barcelona

Tuesday 14 June 2016
El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria
El paper del experts estrangers en l’estudi de la història d’Espanya
Speaker: Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 19 h.
Place: Sala Moragues, El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, Comercial 5, Barcelona

30 June - 1 July 2016
Crossing Borders International Conference
Crossing borders: The Spanish Civil War and transnational mobilisation
Speakers include: Richard Baxell (Independant Scholar), Gina Herrmann (University of Oregon), Raanan Rein (Tel Aviv University), Rocio Velasco de Castro (Universidad de Extremadura), Sebastián Farré (Université de Genève), Jonathan Sherry (University of Pittsburgh/Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona),  Àlvar Martínez Vidal (Universitat de València), and Xavier García Ferrandis (Universidad Católica de Valencia)
Time: See programme
Place:  Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX
Further information

Thursday 30 June 2016
Crossing Borders International Conference
Transnational lives: Spain and Europe’s wars of social change
Speaker: Prof. Helen Graham (Royal Holloway)
Introduced by: Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 17.30 h.
Place: Wolfson Room - Institute for Historical Research Senate House, London, WC1E
Further information

Saturday 2 July 2016
International Brigade Memorial Trust
Annual commemoration for the British volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War as part of the legendary International Brigades
Speakers: Rodney Bickerstaffe(trade unionist), Almudena Cros (President of the Madrid-based AABI International Brigade memorial association) and Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 13 h.
Place: International Brigade Memorial, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Further information

11-12 July 2016
University of London - School of Advanced Study Conference 
The Spanish Civil War and World Literatures
Speakers: Prof. Andrew Hussey (School of Advanced Study), Dr. Martin Hurcombe (University of Bristol), Prof. Cary Nelson (University of Illinois, USA), Prof. Patricia Rae (Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada), Prof. James Whiston (Trinity College, Dublin) and Prof. Paul Preston
Time: see programme 
Place: Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Further information and registration

Monday 18 July 2016
Waterstones Bookshop
¡No Pasarán!: Remembering the Spanish Civil War
Speakers: Pete Ayrton (author and anthologist) and Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 19 h.
Place: Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
Further information

18-19 July 2016
International Asoociation for Media and Communication Research Pre-Conference 
Spain's Civil War 80 Years Later: The Wound That Will Not Heal?
Speakers include:Giles Tremlett (Cañada Blanch Fellow), Peter Anderson (University of Leeds), Layla Renshaw (Kingston University), Richard Baxell (International Brigades Memorial Trust), Tom Buchanan (University of Oxford), Javier Jurado González (Universidad Carlos III, Spain), Iván Gómez (Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain) and Ruth Sanz Sabido (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Time:  See programme
Place: Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Rd, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU
Further information and booking

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Past Events

Programme overview for the past years:

- Academic year 2015-2016 (MichaelmasLent, Summer)
- Academic year 2014-2015 
- Academic year 2013-2014 
- Academic year 2012-2013
- Academic year 2011-2012
- Academic year 2010-2011
- Academic year 2009-2010

Alberto Aza Arias
The lecture The Role of the Monarchy in the Transition to Democracy in Spain
by H.E. Alberto Aza Arias took place on 14 November 2013. 


Historical Memory II, 7 Jun 2012  
The II Conference on Historical Memory took place on 7 June 2012.


Ugarte lecture, 10 Nov 2011 
The lecture MONDRAGON, Humanity at Work by Josu Ugarte took place on
10 November 2011. 


Cañada Blanch homage, 3-4 Mar 2011  
The commemorative event of Vicente Cañada Blanch, founder of the Centre, took place on 3-4 March 2011.