A civil war of words: the cultural impact of the Great War in Catalonia, Spain and Europe (1914-2014)  

Organizing Committee



Secretaria del congrés
Universitat de Girona – Fac. de Lletres
Pl. Ferrater Mora, 1
17071 - Girona



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Organizing Commitee

· Research Group in Contemporary Literature, Literary Theory and Comparative Literature (ILCC-University of Girona)

· Research Group History, Memory, Identities (IRH-University of Girona)




Professor of contemporary Catalan literature and literary theory at the University of Girona and visiting professor at Stanford University (California) in 2008 and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (2006). He is the principal investigator of the research project "The Impact of 'European civil war' in the figure of the writer-journalist (1914-1945)", ref. FFI2012-35868. He is currently the director of the Josep Pla Chair at the University of Girona. He is also the current head editor of Obra Catalana d’Eugeni d’Ors, chief counselor of the Catalan culture during the frame period of the Congress, and the author of the preface to the reissue of the first volume of Memòries poÍitiques (1890-1917) about the intellectual and journalist Claudi Ametlla (2013), which relates specifically to his professional career and the intellectual atmosphere in Barcelona during the First World War. Xavier Pla is the author of Josep Pla, ficció autobiogràfica i veritat literària (Quaderns Crema, 1997), and editor of the volumes Cartes a Pere (Destino, 1996), Cartes a Josep Pla i altres cartes i documents (Quaderns Crema, 2001) and the curator of the facsimile edition of El primer quadern gris. Dietaris 1918-1919 (Destino, 2004). Moreover, Xavier Pla was awarded with the essay prize Joan Fuster 2006 for his book entitled Simenon i la connexió catalana (3i4, 2007). In recent years, he has published numerous studies on the literary works of Jorge Semprun, Claudio Magris, Josep Pla, Rodoreda, Blai Bonet and Joan Sales among others. As a literary critic, he is a collaborator of the literary supplement Cultura/s of La Vanguardia and El Temps.

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Professor of History at the University of Girona, has worked for years on the analysis of republican cultures in contemporary Spain. In fact, the first funded project in which he participated as Principal Investigator dates from 1994 and was entitled "Towards a reinterpretation of social republicanisms in Spain in the nineteenth century: political languages and social groups" (CICYT, PB93-0358-C02-02). The last relevant work in this vein, the book El otoño de un ideal, analyzed the failure of cultural republican values in exile in America. Finally, he has worked on the biographies of Pere Corominas, Estanislao Figueras and published Republicans jugant amb foc, a collective biography of the generation of Republicans who, in Catalonia, embodied the April 14, 1931. Duarte also directed between 2007 and 2009 the research project "Èxodes de la Guerra Civil (comarques gironines)", funded by Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2007 Ebre), with the participation of Anna Maria Garcia Rovira, Maximiliano Fuentes and Alfonso Jiménez. Furthermore, Duarte himself led another research project entitled "The memory of the ‘libertades catalanas’ between 2005 and 2008. Historiography and uses of history in Catalonia (XIX century)" with the participation of Maximiliano Fuentes and Alfonso Jiménez.


Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Girona and specialist in the history of nineteenth-century republicanism, was the head of the results of the investigation "Èxodes de la Guerra Civil (comarques gironines)" project. Garcia Rovira has deepened systematically in the importance of biography as a tool for historical analysis. In particular, we will remember her contributions on Xaudaró Ramon Fábregas, the author of the first federal republican constitution in Spain, and Eugenio Aviraneta, the paradigm of a conspirator. The interpenetration of Garcia Rovira and Duarte in the study of the biographies was expressed in a volume coordinated by Isabel Burdiel and Manuel Pérez Ledesma Liberales eminentes. Currently García Rovira is preparing a study on memory in relation to the particular experiences of a number of prominent figures of the Nazi deportation such as Primo Levi, Amat-Piniella, Denis Rousset, Simon Laks, Miklos Njjli, Robert Antelme, Germain Tillion et alii. She has been the director of the Museu Memorial de l'Exili (MUME) in La Jonquera, and is the principal investigator and responsible of the research group acknowledged by the Generalitat de Catalunya, "History, Memory, Identities".


Associate Professor in the area of History at the University of Girona, he read his doctoral thesis with the European mention "A journey ends. Eugeni d'Ors between the Great War and Fascism (1914-1923)" in July 2011, which was awarded with an excellent grade by cum laude. The main focus of the dissertation was the figure of the Catalan intellectual. Maximiliano Fuentes has centrally analyzed the importance of the impact of the Great War, the Bolshevik Revolution and the early years of Italian Fascism in a set of intellectual networks, which had been extended from Barcelona to Madrid, Paris and Buenos Aires. He has worked on intellectual relations between France and Spain during the Great War (Un viaje por los extremos. Eugeni d'Ors en los primeros años de la Gran Guerra, Lleida, Pagès Editors -. Universitat de Lleida, 2009), the historiography of the Spanish intellectuals and war ("Los intelectuales españoles y la Gran Guerra, ¿un caso excepcional?”, Storica: Rivista quadrimestrale, No. 46, 2010), and cultural and intellectual relations between Argentina and Spain in the early decades of the XXth century ("El novecentismo español en Argentina. El Colegio Novecentista y la influencia de Eugeni d'Ors en las primeras décadas del siglo XX”, in Paula Bruno (ed.), Sociabilidades intelectuales. Argentina, 1850-1930, Buenos Aires, University of Quilmes, 2013 (in press)). He has coordinated a dossier for the magazine Ayer entitled "The Great War of intellectuals: Spain in Europe" (91/2013-3) and he has recently published the volume Spain in World War II. A cultural mobilization (Akal, 2014).


PhD in Catalan Philology, is currently a research technician at ILCC (University of Girona). He has recently published two volumes dedicated to Josep M. Corredor (1912-1981), a writer-journalist: Contra la valoració de la mediocritat. Articles i assaigs d'exili (A Contravent, 2012) and, together with Oriol Ponsatí-Murlà, Josep M. Corredor. De casa a Europa (2013), the result of an exhibition of the same name. In 2011 he published a book on the republican writer-journalist Emili Vigo (Quatre sagetes roges. El periodisme militant del director de La Humanitat a l'exili, 2011) and also compiled an edition of El carrer Estret Josep Pla (2012). Along with Xavier Pla, he has edited the volume A l'ombra de Josep Pla. Cinc escriptors-periodistes gironins de la República (2012), the result of an exhibition of the same title. He has also collaborated with the Josep Pla Foundation in preparing visits and literary workshops for high school students.




Predoctoral research fellows from the University of Girona, with dissertation projects related to contemporary history and literature and directed by X. Pla (Stasiakiewicz and Lafuente) and A. Duarte (Giori). Z. Stasiakiewicz and M. Lafuente are part of a research project led by X. Pla, while P. Giori is a member of a project directed by Á. Duarte.