2012 Global Crossroads

Global Crossroads: Redefining Spain in the 21st Century was the second interdisciplinary conference to be held by Spanish at The University of Auckland. It ran from April 11-14, 2012.

The conference offered a framework for debate on contemporary representations of the cultural and political developments that have taken place in recent decades, and which define Spain today both internally and globally.

2010 Historical Crossroads


Spanish at the University of Auckland hosted its first international conference, Historical Crossroads: Spain from the Second Republic to the 21st Century, from 18 to 20 February 2010, with support from the Embassy of Spain in Wellington, the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, Vista Linda, Emirates and the Europe Institute. Reconfigured as the first activity within the Prince of Asturias Chair following the appointment of Prof. José Colmeiro to the Chair in June 2009, the conference attracted 48 scholars from Spain, France, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

The conference offered an interdisciplinary framework for the ongoing debate concerning Spain's political and cultural legacy. Following the inauguration by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, Prof. Stuart McCutcheon, the Ambassador of Spain in New Zealand, HE Marcos Gómez Martínez, and the Honorary Consul of Spain in Auckland, Dr. Antonio Reguerio-Dìaz, papers delivered in Spanish and English went on to engage with the broad areas of Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Fine Arts, History, Literature and Politics.

Keynote speakers were José Luis Abellán (Prof. Emeritus, Complutense University, Madrid), Miguel Hernando de Larramendi (University of Toledo-La Mancha), Román Alvarez (University of Salamanca) and Manuel Alcántara (University of Salamanca); the Ambassador of Spain in New Zealand presented the concluding address.

In addition to formal papers, other associated events included a reception at the New Zealand Embassy in Madrid for academics departing from Spain, and in Auckland, an exhibition of paintings by Jayne McKelvie commissioned for the conference and held at the George Fraser Gallery, a poetry recital by Spanish academic and poet, María Angeles Pérez López, and a roundtable discussion chaired by Prof. Colmeiro.

Art exhibition brochure
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