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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



Michaelmas Term Events 2016 

Friday 23 September 2016
Cañada Blanch Centre Book Launch
Francoism Interrogated: History and Dictatorship in Twentieth-Century Spain
Speakers: Prof. Helen Graham (Royal Holloway), Dr. Gareth Stockey (University of Nottingham), Dr. Maria Thomas (University of Exeter) and Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Shaw Library, 6th floor, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE

Saturday 24 September 2016
12th London Spanish Film Festival
Screening of the film Ebre, del bressol a la batalla  (Ebre: From the Cradle to the Battle)
Dir. Román Parrado. Spain, 2016, 80 mins. In Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles.
Followed by a Q&A with Prof. Paul Preston
: 16.30 h.
Place: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, London W1B 2UW
In collaboration with the Catalan Observatory
Further information and tickets

Tuesday 18 October 2016
Marx Memorial Library
Remembering the International Brigades at the Marx Memorial Library
Speakers: Dr. Richard Baxell (International Brigades Memorial Trust) and Prof. Paul Preston
: 19 h.
Place: Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R
Further information and tickets

19-21 October 2016
Universidad de La Rioja
VI Congreso Internacional de Historia de Nuestro Tiempo
El reinado de Juan Carlos I (1975-2014)
Speakers: Carlos Navajas Zubeldia (Universidad de La Rioja), Rosa Pardo (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), José María Serrano Sanz (Universidad de Zaragoza), Marcela Sabaté (Universidad de Zaragoza), Juan Jesús González (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), Cristóbal Gómez Benito (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), Ángel Iturriaga Barco (Universidad de La Rioja), Julio Montero Díaz (Universidad de La Rioja), Joan Antón Mellón (Universidad de Barcelona) and Josep Sánchez Cervelló (Universidad Rovira i Virgili).
Time: 15.45 h.
Place: Universidad de La Rioja, Edificio Quintiliano, Sala de Grados, C/ La Cigüeña, 60, Logroño, Spain
In collaboration with the Cañada Blanch Centre
Further information

Thursday 20 October 2016
Cañada Blanch Seminar
Franco - Benefactor of the Jews? Myth and Reality
Speaker: Dr. Bernd Rother (Research Fellow and Vice-Executive Director, The Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation)
Chair: Prof. Paul Preston 
: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11

Thursday 17 November 2016
Cañada Blanch Seminar
Felicia Browne and the Spanish Civil War (including short film) TBC
Speakers: Sonia Boué (visual artist) and Jenny Rivarola (poet)
Chair: Prof. Paul Preston 
Time: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11

Thursday 1 December 2016
Cañada Blanch Seminar
Screening of Las mamás Belgas (The Belgian Mothers)
Dir. Sven Tuytens. Spain, 2016, 26 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Speakers: Dr. Linda Palfreeman (University of Elche, Spain) and Sven Tuytens (free-lance screenwriter and filmmaker)
Chair: Prof. Paul Preston 
Time: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11
With support of the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in the UK


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Past Events

Programme overview for the past years:

- Academic year 2015-2016
- Academic year 2014-2015 
- Academic year 2013-2014 
- Academic year 2012-2013
- Academic year 2011-2012
- Academic year 2010-2011
- Academic year 2009-2010

Helen Graham, Transnational Lives, 30 June 2016
On 30 June - 1 July 2016, the Cañada Blanch Research Students’ Discussion Group held the conference Crossing Borders: the Spanish Civil War and transnational mobilisation. The keynote lecture titled Transnational lives: Spain and Europe’s wars of social change was delivered by Prof. Helen Graham at the IHR on the opening day. Further information and podcast.


On 17 May 2016, Prof. Paul Preston and Prof. Ian Kershaw presented The Last Days of the Spanish Republic at Daunt Books, London. 


Javier Marías in conversation with Paul Preston, 9 March 2016
On 8 March 2016 the acclaimed Spanish novelist and columnist Javier Marías discussed his latest novel, Thus Bad Begins, with Prof. Paul Preston. Event page and podcast.


Eduardo Mendoza, The Spanish Civil War in the Literary Imagination, 24 February 2016
On 24 February 2016, the celebrated Spanish novelist Alberto Mendoza took part alongside Prof. Helen Graham (Royal Holloway) and Prof. Paul Preston in the discussion Fact versus Fiction? The Spanish Civil War in the Literary Imagination.


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.