Catalan is present at the Festival of Communities QMUL

This weekend, 11th and 12th of June, Queen Mary University of London has been hosting the Festival of Communities, a festival devoted to provide a space where everyone can come together, share experiences, and get involved in our borough in ways that we may not have had the opportunity to before.

Members of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures organised a Language Bingo to let people discover new languages, such as Catalan, Spanish or French. Catalan was present in the game with our teacher Dr Isabel Crespí, who was super enthusiastic.

Thank you all for coming! 🤩

Dr Isabel Crespí presents her research at the LSRL

Last Saturday, 23rd of April, Dr. Isabel Crespí presented her research on theoretical syntax at the 52nd meeting of the Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL).

The LSRL is one of the most important annual venues for sharing research on theoretical linguistics and its application to the Romance language family. This year it was virtually held by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Isabel did a nice presentation and the feedback and questions were great!

Stay Homas meet us!

The Catalan group Stay Homas came to London last weekend to perform a concert at the Scala club on Sunday, April 24.

They met Dr. Isabel Crespí, our Catalan teaching assistant, who gave them the bag from the Centre for Catalan Studies QMUL, and convinced them to come and visit us next year! How amazing would that be?

The concert was a great success, with more than 200 attendees. Scala was full and the atmosphere was great.

We hope to see them soon at Queen Mary!

Castellers of London came to visit us at QMUL

Last Tuesday, 5th of April, Castellers of London came to visit our students at Queen Mary University of London.

The students of Catalan from our university and other universities across UK participated in an amazing workshop on human towers (“castells”). They learnt how to build these impressive towers and they even tried to build one!!

We had such a great time! We laughed, we learnt a lot about Catalan culture and we even had some doughnuts and cookies to recharge our batteries!

How nice is to study Catalan? 🥰

Thank you very much to all the “castellers” that came to QMUL, to all the students that attended and to the Institut Ramon Llull. It was fantastic! We hope to see you all very soon!

Professor John London gives a talk at the conference “Les odes en la literatura catalana”

Last week professor John London, the director of the Centre for Catalan Studies, participated in the conference “Les odes en la literatura catalana” (organised by Universitat de Barcelona and Institut d’Estudis Catalans), that took place on July 1-2 in a hybrid format.

Professor London presented a talk entitled “Les odes polifacètiques de Joan Brossa” (“The multifaceted odes of Joan Brossa”), in which he analysed some of the most famous odes written by Catalan author Joan Brossa.

The conference was recorded and the talk can be accessed following this link:

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Dr Joan Mahiques-Climent is awarded a grant from the local government of Valencia

Dr Joan Mahiques-Climent, from the Universitat Jaume I, has been working at the Centre for Catalan Studies with Professor John London. Dr Mahiques-Climent has been awarded a grant from the local government of Valencia for his stay and his research project is focused on the representation of the Castle of Love in chapters LIII-LV of Tirant lo Blanc. These chapters describe some of the festivities for the king of England’s wedding with the princess of France. One of the aims of this research is to determine whether there is a relationship of dependence between this passage and the English literary tradition of the same period.

Two Catalan PhD awards from QMUL

We are delighted to announce two Catalan PhD awards from QMUL.

One is to Laura Soler González for her thesis “The Use of Humour, Irony and Parody in the narrative of Pere Calders”. The date of the award is 31 May 2021 and the thesis was supervised by Omar García and Mari Paz Balibrea (Birkbeck).

And the other one is to Richard Huddleson for his doctoral thesis on “Translating Queer Catalan Drama for the Irish Stage”. The date of the award is 30 April 2021 and the thesis was supervised by John London and Robert Gillett.

Enhorabona als dos! Congratulations!

Dr Richard Huddleson will translate “Transbord”

Dr Richard Huddleson / Riocárd Ó hOddáil, who did his PhD at the Centre for Catalan Studies QMUL, has just received a grant from the Institut Ramon Llull to translate the book Transbord, written by Majorcan author Sebastià Portell. The book, which is a theatre text about transgender identity, is originally written in Catalan and Richard will translate it to English.

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