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Institute of Catalan Language and Culture

Courses & Lectures


Institut de Llengua i Cultura Catalanes
[Institute of Catalan Language and Culture]

Plaça Ferrater Mora, 1
17071 Girona (SPAIN) mapa
Tel: +34 972 41 82 31
Fax: +34 972 41 82 30



Courses & Lectures

Introduction to Adobe Indesign

2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 March 2012

Organized by the ILCC, with the collaboration of the ICE and the Departament de Filologia i Comunicació


Prominent member of the collection of programs that comprise the Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign is a wonderful piece of software that provides an optimal solution for a professional layout. In just a few years it has become the reference tool for designers.


InDesign allows you to do many more things than Microsoft Word, and with much greater precision. Within a page, it allows you the freedom to position different elements anywhere you wish. This will be the first thing we learn on the course, with the help of rules and guidelines and other tools to give us complete control.


One strength of InDesign is working with images. Over-amplifying or reducing them is one of the typical mistakes by those starting to work with InDesign. We will discover the limits for working safely to obtain a high-quality printed document.


InDesign is not only easy, or very easy, to understand with Photoshop, but it also has many features that save us having to use Photoshop because the same can be achieved without leaving InDesign.

Once the layout of a document is ready, it must be reviewed and the various different elements prepared in order to send the job to print. We will study two options: InDesign sending the document itself or, perhaps better, a high resolution PDF file.

Course content

§  A quick look at InDesign: the Pages palette, Palettes, Flexible guides, Flowing text, Import text from Word, Layers, Performance options, Indent options, Master pages

§  Relating InDesign to other programs: Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, After Effects, Premiere. 

§   Text with style: the article editor, paragraph styles, character styles, eyedropper tool, Tabs and threads, word partitioning in Catalan, Open Type types, text within a layout, the information window, adjust frame to content, scaling text interactively

§    Colours, images and tables: define colours, gradients, blending, spot colours, shading and transparencies, eyedropper tool, object styles, tables

§    Images: positioning images, the links palette, image options, positioning PDFs, anchored objects, outlining, alignment tool

§   Preparing to print: review tools, packaging, creating PDFs

A more detailed look at styles

§  Paragraph Styles: Styles based on other styles, next style, styles and tabs, styles and paragraph threads, styles and page footnotes

§ Character Styles: Why and when to use them, bullet points and numbering

§ Styles and Word documents: Import Options, Search and change to clean, bold, italic and others

§ Longer documents: books, indexes, tables of contents, based on paragraph styles, PDFs and markers


 Classical Text Editor Course

1, 8 and 15 October 2011

Organized by the ILCC, with the collaboration of the ICE and the Departament de Filologia i Comunicació

Classical Text Editor (CTE) is a word processing program designed by Stefan Hagel in cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Commission for Editing the Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum (CSEL).

It is a program for critical editing, and also editing texts with translation or commentary in parallel columns. Its main features are: the capacity for a virtually unlimited number of critical footnote apparata and bodies of notes in the footnotes or at the end of the document. Bidirectional writing with correct line change (for Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Syriac, etc.). Management of sigla. Numbering apparatus references and notes according to text lines or verses. Margin text. Suitable for final editing of the text: the program itself can be used to prepare PDF files for print or for electronic publication.

Works within the Windows environment, and also in the Macintosh environment with VirtualPC emulator program.

It is a paid program. A trial version can be downloaded from the Internet which is not suitable for final print.

It is a complex program, not recommended for those who do not require critical apparatus or other sophisticated features of the program, but essential for critical editing.

The program's website, where you can obtain further information, a demo version, sample files and buy the program is: http://www.oeaw.ac.at/~kvk/cte/.

Course content

1. General description of the program. Installation. General introduction to menus. Use of keyboards.

2. Import text. Page design. Configuring chapter codes. Headers. Using the templates.

3. Designing apparata and bodies of notes. Defining siglas. Using the manuscripts list. Hyphenation at the end of line.

4. The "Section" menu. Use of newspaper columns.

5. Reference numbering according to verses or lines of text. Line numbering. Cross-references. Using macros.

6. Using document templates. Creating synchronized parallel columns.

7. Fine-tuning page endings.

8. Creating word indexes and concordances.

9. Writing text direction right-left (Hebrew, Arabic ...). Autotext. Entering text in the margins.

10. Exporting text. Printing. Preparing text in PDF format for printing.


UdG on-line summer courses - 2010
From Shakespeare to Clint Eastwood (Cinema and Literature: Changes and Continuities) (Online)


To study the film adaptations of diverse literary works by directors of such renown as Orson Welles, John Ford, Eric Rohmer, Fritz Lang or Clint Eastwood. The common feature of all selected works is that they are not literal adaptations, but works in which the director and screenwriters have reworked the literary base texts with considerable freedom. The study, firstly, of the literary work taken as a reference point and, secondly, its transformation into a cinematic piece, leads to a better understanding of the works in question and also illuminates some aspects of the working methods of good writers and filmmakers.


1) From Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV and The merry wives of Windsor to Chimes to Midnight (1965) by Orson Welles. Taught by: Salvador Oliva (UdG).


2) From Cervantes’ El curioso impertinente to Le genou de Claire by Eric Rohmer. Taught by: Jorge García (UdG).


3) From Emile Zola’s The beast in man to Human Desires (1954) by Fritz Lang. Taught by: Mita Casacuberta (UdG).


4) From Guy de Maupassant’s Ball of fat to Stagecoach (1940) by John Ford. Taught by: Xavier Renedo (UdG).


5) From Ernest Hemingway’s The Killers to The Killers (1947) by Robert Siodmak. Taught by: Salvador Oliva and Xavier Renedo (UdG).


6) From Robert James Waler’s The Bridges of Madison County to The Bridges of Madison County (1993) by Clint Eastwood. Taught by: Jordi Mascarella (UdG).


7) A seventh work to be decided.

   Teaching staff

- Mita Casacuberta. Professor of 19th and 20th-century Catalan literature at the UdG, specializing in S. Rusiñol and Modernist literature in general. Contributes to the programme “L’hora del lector” (TV3).

- Xavier Espluga.

- Jorge García. Professor of Spanish literature from medieval times and the Golden Age, specialist in the Libro de Alexandre, Cervantes and 17th century political literature and theory.

- Jordi Mascarella. Professor of Rhetoric and Written Expression at the UdG, expert on subjects as diverse as folklore and history of the Catalan language, forges and metallurgy, and writing.

- Jordi Sala. UdG.

- Xavier Renedo. Professor of Medieval Literature and Written Expression at the UdG, specializing in authors and works such as Francis Eiximenis, the Llibre dels fets and medieval preaching.

This course receives support from the ILCC.

Previous courses: 2009

Francesc Eiximenis, between Oxford and Valencia (1-17 July)

The course will review, in chronological order, the main works of Eiximenis: from The art of preaching, perhaps his first work, to the Vita Christi, perhaps the last, via the great Crestià encyclopedia, the Book of women and the Book of Angels. Excerpts from each of these books, many of them unpublished, will be posted online and discussed.

Each day, an Eiximenian theme will be discussed in relation to the work being presented: the art of public speaking, urbanism, the history of cities, the view of women, trades, leisure, pactism, gastronomy and sins at the table, education, sexual morality, etc. Each day, one or two ‘examples’ will also be discussed, a literary genre – the short story with more or less didactic aims – which Eiximenis mastered like no other.

Taught by: Josep Anton Aguilar, Carmen Clausell, Jorge García, David Guixeras, Albert Hauf, Antoni Iglesias, David Igual, Eva Izquierdo, Sadurní Martí, Josep Maria Pujol, Xavier Renedo (Coordinator), Damien Ruiz. Enric Tremps (Secretary).

This course receives support from the ILCC.

The art of the troubadours (1-10 July)

This course will attempt to introduce participants to all the splendor of the troubadour art from a general perspective: from the language of the troubadours to their iconography, not forgetting to enjoy the recreation of songs that expressed courtly love by specialists in the field, including their musicology, language and literature, and the history of art.

Taught by: Anna Alberni, Miriam Cabré, Isabel Escandell, Joaquim Garrigosa, Carles Magraner, Marina Navàs (Coordinatora), Josep M. Pujol, Francesca Romana Uccella.

This course receives support from the ILCC