Conversations on Iberian Studies: Challenges and Opportunities (#CISCO)

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The conference seeks to contribute to the current debate on Iberian Studies, an epistemological, academic, and institutional field that takes the Iberian Peninsula as interconnected, multilingual cultural and literary systems (e.g. Resina 2009; Isasi & Fernandes 2013; Gimeno Ugalde 2017; Solà & Pinheiro 2020).

The global development of Iberian Studies as a field of inquiry challenges national and monolingual traditions and offers a pathway to the future of research and teaching in modern languages. The contributions to this two-day conference present the work of International and Nordic scholars and encourage us to think innovatively about the challenges and opportunities that Iberian Studies presents for the humanities in Denmark.

Conference Programme


  • Lisbeth Verstraete-Hansen, Head of the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies (UCPH)
  • Welcome Irune Arratibel Irulegui, Consejera de Educación de España (Embajada de España)
  • Welcome by the organizers
Opening Session: Welcome
09:30 Keynote speaker: Esther Gimeno Ugalde (University of Vienna)
Chair: Ana Vera
Mapping Iberian Studies: origins, potential and challenges
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Panel 1: Iberian and Transatlantic studies
Robert Patrick Newcomb (UCDavis – on Zoom) Elective Affinities: Iberian, Luso-Hispanic, and Transatlantic Studies as Modes of Comparison
Yarí Pérez Marín (University of Durham) Literary studies and the history of science in current appraisals of early modern Iberian contexts
Santiago Perez Isasi (University of Lisbon) Some recent disciplinary crossings in current (literary) Iberian Studies: Digital Humanities, Gender Studies, translation studies
Mario Santana (University of Chicago) Is there a place for Iberian Studies?
Chair: Tina Lupton
12:45 Lunch Break
14:00 Panel 2: Media, Film and Iberian studies
Sally Faulkner (University of Exeter) Spain’s first Feminist Films: Feminism and Francoism, Margarita y el lobo (Bartolomé, 1969)
Santiago Fouz-Hernández (Durham University) Asking for the moon? Re-thinking Iberia through Bigas Luna’s La teta y la luna thirty years later
Iván Villarmea (University of Coimbra) Prefiguring life beyond all crises: participatory strategies of self-representation in contemporary Iberian documentary fiction
Chair: Ana Vera
15:15 Coffee Break
15:30 Panel 3: Politics, International Relations and Iberian Studies
José Magone (Berlin School of Economics and Law – on Zoom) Portugal and Spain in a changing European Union. The pitfalls of Southern European capitalism in a turbulent world
Lea Heyne (ICS – University of Lisbon – on Zoom) A new Iberian exceptionalism? Comparing the populist radical right electorate in Portugal and Spain
Lasse Thomassen (Queen Mary University of London) What comes after Populism? From Podemos through Unidas Podemos to the Broad Front
Moderator: Morten Heiberg
16:45 Coffee Break
17:00 Panel 4: Research Projects, Digital Humanities and Initiatives in Iberian Studies
Sally Faulkner Invisibles e Insumisas: Leading Women in Portuguese and Spanish Cinema and Television 1970-1980 (AHRC)
Diana Pelaz Flores MUNARQAS: Mujeres en las Monarquías Ibéricas (Spain/EU)
Diana González Martin (on Zoom) TransMigrArts (Horizon Europe 2020)
18:30 Presentation of Pleibéricos and other initiatives within Iberian Studies
20:00 Conference Dinner


09:00 Panel 5: Medieval Iberian cultures
Rosa Rodriguez Porto (University of Santiago de Compostela) The contested territory of Iberian medieval art (on Zoom)
Kim Bergqvist (University of Stockholm) Locating Iberia within Medieval Europe and in the World: the relationship of Iberian Studies to the disciplines of medieval history and literature
Diana Pelaz Flores (University of Santiago de Compostela) Medieval Iberian Queenship from a Comparative Perspective: the MUNARQAS project
Chair: Sacramento Roselló-Martínez
10:15 Coffee Break
10:30 Panel 6: Mutilingual Iberian Literatures
Angela Fernandes (University of Lisbon) Bringing together the “Siglo de Oro” and contemporary authors: Spanish literature in Portuguese translation since 1975
Katiuscia Darici (University of Turin) Displacements. Hybrid identities in the Iberian Literatures
Christian Claesson (University of Lund) Comparative Spain
Chair: Katrine Helene Anderson
12:00 Lunch Break
13:00 Panel 7: Las materias de español y portugués en los sistemas educativos noruego, sueco y danés
Berit Grønn (Høgskolen i Østfold, Norway) La situación del español y el portugués como lengua extranjera en la formación reglada noruega
Rakel Österberg (Stockholms Universitet, Sverige) La situación actual del español como lengua extranjera en Suecia: posibilidades y desafíos
Natalia Morollón Martí (Københavns Universitet, Danmark) El español como lengua extranjera en Dinamarca
Chair: Nieves Hernández-Flores (tbc)
14:15 Coffee Break
14:30 Panel 8: Cultural history, memory and Iberian Studies
Joana Duyster Borreda (University of Copenhagen) The Nation-State, Catalonia and international commemorations 1880-1925
Teresa Pinheiro (University of Chemnitz) Iberian Transitional Memories – Decentralizing the Nation-State
Juan Carlos Cruz Suárez (University of Stockholm) Memory and Iberian Studies. Contradictions between Politics and Culture
Chair: Carl-Henrik Bjerstrom
16:00 Coffee Break
16:15 Keynote speaker: Antonio Sáez Delgado (University of Évora) Españolizar el mundo”: apropiaciones literarias y tensiones ideológicas entre España y Portugal a principios del siglo XX
Chair: Sacramento Roselló-Martínez
17:30 Concluding remarks and Farewell
18:45 Cultural Activity Screening of Jamón, Jamón, Bigas Luna at the Danish Film Institut with presentation by Santiago Fouz-Hernández. Read more