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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 2017 

24-25 April 2017
Fundación Museo de la Paz de Gernika
Seminario 'Bombardeos en Euskadi (1936-1937)'
--Monday 24--
Presentación del nuevo libro de Paul Preston La muerte de Guernica (Debate, 2017)
Speakers: Prof. Paul Preston  and Miguel Aguilar (Editorial Debate, Barcelona)
Time: 19:30 h.
--Tuesday 25--
El protagonismo británico en la guerra en Euskadi: la Royal Navy, el gobierno, los laboristas y la prensa
Speaker: Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 9:30 h.
Place: Sala Elai-Alai, Foru Plaza 2, 48300 Gernika-Lumo (Bizkaia), Spain
More information and programme

Thursday 11 May 2017
Cañada Blanch Seminar
History and 'historical memory': the obstacles to reconciliation in Spain today
Speakers: Prof. Paul Preston and Prof. Helen Graham (Royal Holloway)
Time: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11

Wednesday 17 May 2017
Letras en Sevilla I - Literatura y Guerra Civil
--Los mitos del final de la Guerra Civil Española
Speaker: Prof. Paul Preston
Chair: Prof. Antonio Molina (University of Sevilla, Spain)
Time: 13 h.
--España siglo XX. La historia interminable
Speaker: Almudena Grandes (escritora)
Followed by a debate with Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 20 h.
Place: Teatro de la Fundación Cajasol, Plaza de San Francisco 1, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
More information and programme

Thursday 25 May 2017
Cañada Blanch Seminar
No honour amongst thieves (and killers): Francoist repression in the Campo de Gibraltar
Speaker: Dr. Gareth Stockey  (University of Nottingham)
Chair: Prof. Paul Preston 
Time: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11

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

Wednesday 7 June 2017
Instituto Cervantes, Manchester
The Lost Children of Francoism
Speakers: Dr. Peter Anderson  (University of Leeds), Montserrat Armengou (journalist and documentary maker) and Soledad Luque (President of the association 'All the Stolen Children are also My Children')
Time: 18.30 h.
Place: Instituto Cervantes, 326-330 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4FN

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Past Events

Programme overview for the past years:

- Academic year 2016-2017 (Michaelmas, Lent, Summer)
- 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.