Catalan Studies encompasses a wide variety of fields of intellectual inquiry and production, including history, linguistics, literature, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, the history of art and architecture, and philosophy, with a focus on the Catalan-speaking areas.
Since Catalan-speaking areas encompass different nation-states (specifically, Spain, Andorra, France, and Italy), Catalan Studies comprise an especially exciting field of research into phenomena such as cultural identity, linguistic policy, multilingualism, language acquisition, nationalism, immigration, globalization, and so-called minor or minoritized cultural, linguistic, and political formations.
With a richly complex literary, artistic, and political tradition stretching from the Middle Ages to present day, the Catalan-speaking areas, and more particularly Barcelona, have been at the center of innovative projects in areas as diverse as architecture (Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, Gaudí, Demetri Ribes, Sert, Bohigas, Bofill, Tusquets, Miralles, Calatrava), painting (Ribera, Fortuny, Dalí, Miró, Tàpies, Sorolla, Barceló) music (Granados, Casals, Iturbi, Mompou), literature (Llull, March, Martorell, Fontanella, Verdaguer, Oller, Maragall, Víctor Català, Villalonga, Rodoreda, Pla, Calders, Blai Bonet, Gimferrer, Fuster, Estellés, Riera, Monzó, Porcel, Moncada, and Torrent; or, writing in Spanish, Blasco Ibáñez, Vázquez Montalbán, Marsé, Mendoza, Vila-Matas, Chirbes), theater (la Festa o Misteri d’Elx, la Sibil·la, Guimerà, Rusiñol, Teixidor, Belbel, Benet i Jornet, Els Joglars, Els Comediants, and La Fura dels Baus), film, cuisine, design, fashion, popular culture, or sports.
Next Colloquium: 2019 17th Colloquium: University of Chicago
NACS Colloquiums (1978-2015)
1978 1th Colloquium: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1980 2nd Colloquium: Yale University
1982 3rd Colloquium: University of Toronto (Canada)
1984 4th Colloquium: Washington University
1987 5th Colloquium: University of South Florida at Tampa.
1990 6th Colloquium: University of British Columbia, (Vancouver, Canadà),
1993 7th Colloquium: University of California at Berkeley
1995 8th Colloquium: Indiana University at Bloomington
1998 9th Colloquium: Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Barcelona, Catalunya)
2001 10th Colloquium: Brown University
2004 11th Colloquium: Eton College (UK), organized with the Anglo-Catalan Society
2007 12th Colloquium: Dalhousie University at Halifax (Canada)
2010 13th Colloquium: Temple University
2013 14th Colloquium: University of Toronto (Canada)
2015 15th Colloquium: Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Barcelona, Catalunya) [Media]
Catalan is a Romance language spoken by the population of about 10 million people in the east of the Iberian Peninsula (Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, most of the region of Valencia, and the Eastern Strip of Aragon) and the Principality of Andorra. In addition, Catalan is still spoken in the French administrative region of Roussillon, as well as in the city of Alghero on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Like other Romance languages, Catalan developed out of Latin during the Middle Ages. The first documents written in Catalan, a collection of sermons dating from the late 12th or early 13th centuries, are known as the Homilies of Organyà. Catalan has been an important language for everyday use and literary expression in the eastern territories of the Iberian Peninsula from medieval times up to today. Following a period of political and cultural hegemony lasting until the 16th century, literary expression in Catalan suffered a decline until the 19th century when, propelled by Romantic ideals, the literary use of the language underwent a renaissance (a period known in Catalan as the Renaixença).
Today, Catalan and Spanish are the co-official languages of the Catalan-speaking territories in the Iberian Peninsula, and it is the only official language of Andorra.