Catalonia: Next State of Europe?
Lecture Theatre A, Room 103
La Diada is Catalonia’s National Day, commemorating the fall of Barcelona in 1714. At this event, you will have the chance to hear about the Catalan independence movement from academics, community leaders and politicians.
Catalonia’s long-awaited and bitterly controversial referendum on independence from Spain will be held on 1 October 2017. Just over three hundred years after Catalonia was fully incorporated into Spain, over 80% of Catalans want the 'right to decide' on the question of Catalonia’s independence, while the Spanish government vows to do everything possible to stop it.
But where did the growth from independence come from? When did Catalans start to see their unique gastronomy, literature, culture and language as important signs of Catalonia’s difference from Spain? How important is this sense of unique cultural and culinary identity to Catalan independence? Is an independent Catalonia possible?
This panel discussion co-hosted by the Casal Català and the University of Melbourne will discuss the cultural, political, legal and social implications of the independence movement in Catalonia, Spain and the European Union.
Mr Andreu Francisco, Catalan Politician
Mr Daniel Castro, Casal Català de Victoria
Mr Daniel Castro
Casal Català de Victoria
Daniel was born in Barcelona in 1977, he has lived in Sydney for seven years and has just arrived to Melbourne. After actively participating in the reestablishment of the Casal Catala NSW, due to work, he and his family moved to Melbourne. To keep momentum going during this very important time for Catalonia, he has decided to collaborate with the Casal. Like any good engineer, he will share his experience in both technical and management matters. He is the President of Casal Català de Victoria.
Dr Gerald Daly, University of Melbourne
Dr Gerald Daly
University of Melbourne
A public law academic with over 10 years' professional experience, at the University of Edinburgh, Council of Europe, Supreme Court of Ireland, Global Justice Academy and Judicial Studies Institute, as well as extensive public law consultancy work for a variety of international organisations, including the EU, International IDEA, and Irish government. Currently Associate Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law and International Coordinator of the Council of Europe Project 'Strengthening Judicial Ethics in Turkey'. An emerging research and policy leader, he has published widely on democracy building, constitutional law, human rights and judicial processes, and has been an invited speaker in Asia, the Middle East and South America. He has been a Visiting Scholar at iCourts (the Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen) during 2016, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College Dublin Law School, where he completed his forthcoming monograph, 'The Alchemists: Questioning Our Faith in Courts as DemocracyBuilders' (Cambridge University Press). Other recent and forthcoming publications include an edited collection titled 'Law and Policy in Latin America: Transforming Courts, Rights and Institutions' (coeditors: Pedro Fortes, Larissa Boratti and Andrés Palacios) and an article in Global Constitutionalism ('The Alchemists: Courts as Democracy Builders in Contemporary Thought').
Dr Stewart King, Monash University
Dr Stewart King
Originally from Sydney, Dr King lived in India and Canberra, but grew up in Melbourne. His interest in Spanish language and culture dates from 1988 when he started learning the language privately before travelling throughout Spain in 198990. Dr King became interested in Catalan culture through friends and, as part of his BA at La Trobe University, where he studied history, Spanish and Catalan language and literature.
Dr Lara Anderson , University of Melbourne
Dr Lara Anderson
University of Melbourne
Dr Lara Anderson is a senior lecturer in Spanish at the University of Melbourne. Dr Anderson’s main research focus is Spanish culinary culture, from the role of gastronomy in Spain’s findesiecle identity formation to Spanish cookery television shows as a site for gender critique. Dr Anderson has recently embarked on a new project looking at historical memory and culinary nostalgia. This builds on her interest in cookery books written during the Spanish civil war, as well as her research into contemporary Spanish gastrotourism and the ways culinary culture is used to project and construct national identity. Dr Anderson teaching includes a subject on cuisine and identity in Spain and Peru, and her publications include the book *Cooking Up the Nation: Spanish Culinary Texts and Culinary Nationalization in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth* Century (2013).