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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Public Lecture - Stateless Universality: Barcelona and the International Expositions of 1888 and 1929

12th March 2013, 18:00 to 19:00, Room 145, Elvet Riverside Building, New Elvet, Durham, Professor Brad Epps (Harvard University/IAS Fellow)

Long before the 1992 Summer Olympic Games transformed the urban fabric of the city of Barcelona and catapulted it to the forefront of international attention, it had been the site of two Universal or International Expositions, one in 1888, in the midst of a widespread Catalan cultural revival, and a second in 1929, in the final phase of the Primo de Rivera dictatorship characterized, among other things, by its commitment to Spanish nationalist centralization.

‘Stateless Universality’ examines both Expositions in the light of major political, economic, demographic, aesthetic, and cultural shifts, and attempts to sound out the ideological implications of the celebration of such important international endeavours in the capital of what was increasingly articulated as a stateless nation.

Everyone welcome.

Contact m.p.thompson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.