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]