The Iberian Modernist Studies Forum is co-directed by Nicolás Fernández-Medina and Krista Brune. The Forum draws together faculty and students from Penn State and across the globe interested in cross-and multidisciplinary dialogue on the aesthetic, socio-historical, and philosophical transformations that fundamentally shaped Iberian culture throughout the modernist period. Through its activities and outreach, the Forum offers a view of Iberian modernisms that differs from traditional perspective, which are generally centered on separately treating the national cultures of the Iberian Peninsula. Our goal lies in approaching the cultures of Portugal, Spanish-speaking Spain, Catalonia, Galicia, and the Basque Country through dialogue and by studying their cultural exchanges and points of contact. Ultimately, the Forum embraces all of these modernisms by means of their inherent multidisciplinarity.
The Comparative Iberian Modernisms Colloquia, 2020-21
In collaboration with the Humanities Institute, the forum will spearhead the Comparative Iberian Modernisms Colloquia, which will examine a series of modernist texts in translation from Iberia’s diverse cultures and consider them within the broader framework of global modernisms. Over the span of six meetings throughout the 2020-21 academic year, we will bring into conversation two pioneering figures in Spanish/Basque and Portuguese modernisms: Miguel de Unamuno and Fernando Pessoa. By placing Unamuno and Pessoa in a comparative framework, the colloquia will offer participants the unique opportunity to explore how Spanish and Portuguese intellectuals engaged not only the construction of their modernist identities during a period of unprecedented change, but also important aesthetic and philosophical concerns that radically impacted concepts of the modern, including the crises of representation and subjectivity, the disenchantment with science, the rise of irrationality, the extremes of nihilism, and the devaluation of objectivity. In each meeting, participants will benefit not only from the contributions of invited speakers and guests, but also from collaborations with other departments and units. For more information, please contact the Forum or visit the Humanities Institute at Penn State.
–Spring Colloquia 2021
Monday, February 8 @ 4pm – Presentation: “Fernando Pessoa’s legacy after the Carnation Revolution (April 25, 1974) in Portugal.” Guest speaker: Ellen Sapega, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Discussion to follow.
–Fall Colloquia 2020
Monday, September 28 @ 4pm – Discussion of Unamuno’s How to Make a Novel and Pessoa’s Selected Prose. Guest speaker: Luis Álvarez Castro, University of Florida.
Monday, October 26 @ 4pm – Presentation: “Contexts and Pretexts of Unamuno’s Mist,” by Juan Herrero-Senés, University of Colorado, Boulder. Discussion to follow.
Monday, November 16 @ 4pm – Presentation: “Miguel de Unamuno and the Redemption of Antero de Quental,” by Robert Patrick Newcomb, University of California Davis. Discussion to follow.