The 2022 Joanot Martorell Lecture: Enric Bou

We are delighted to be welcoming professor Enric Bou (Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia) for this year’s Joanot Martorell Lecture, organised together with the Instituto Cervantes, on December 8, at 6.30pm, at Queen Mary.

The topic will be “Barcelona, Europe in Latitude and Longitude”.

Admission will be free, but booking is essential at:

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Professor John London at the NYU

John London, the Director of the Centre for Catalan Studies, gave a talk to students at the NYU in London on Monday, 7 November. It was a guest lecture for a course on West European Politics. John discussed historical and contemporary debates. The students were especially interested in parallels between Catalonia and Scotland.

Queen Mary Annual Catalan Lecture: David Abulafia

It has been confirmed:

We are delighted to be welcoming the prestigious historian Professor David Abulafia (University of Cambridge) to give the Queen Mary Annual Catalan Lecture this year, on 24 November.  He will speak on “Where Catalans Fear to Tread: The Catalans in the Medieval Atlantic”.

Put the date in your diary. Full details in the next few days.

Our students spend two weeks in Mallorca

Around 30 students of Catalan from all over the world (United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Brasil, Bosnia, Cuba, etc.) had the chance of spending two weeks in Mallorca, learning Catalan and discovering a new culture. Some of our students from QMUL were there, practising the language while enjoying the island and making new friends.

They have been cooking (and eating!) traditional dishes, such as “coca de trempó”; visiting emblematic buildings, like the Parliament; walking around the city centre in Palma, where amazing views of the Cathedral were to be found anywhere; meeting Majorcan writers like Sebastià Portell; singing Majorcan “gloses”; swimming at the beach, in the amazing blue water… and, more importantly, making new friends and speaking Catalan all the time!! 

And this is all free, funded by the Institut Ramon Llull.

If you don’t want to miss this experience, study Catalan with us at Queen Mary University of London! 


Margarida Castellano makes a stay at QMUL

Margarida Castellano, a teacher and researcher from the Universitat de València, is currently at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film QMUL to spend two months on a research programme.

Previously, in 2013 she also completed an investigation stage at the Center for Catalan Studies, whose result was the awarded essay “Les altres catalanes” (Joan Fuster Award 2017).

She will now carry out a research focused on identities, postcolonial literature and its didactic uses, multilingualism, multicultural contexts and visual literacies.

What an honour to have you with us these months! Welcome aboard! 😍

Professor Robert Davidson is awarded the Josep Maria Batista i Roca Prize

An associate member of the Centre for Catalan Studies (CCS), Professor Robert Davidson of the University of Toronto, is one of those who have been awarded the 2022 Josep Maria Batista i Roca Prize – Memorial Enric Garriga Trullols.

Professor Davidson gave the Joanot Martorell Lecture at the CCS last year and we wish him congratulations on this official recognition of his contribution to the awareness of Catalan culture outside Catalonia.