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20
Apr

IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities

Written on April 20, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE Humanities Center, Literature

One of the key aspects of IE mission, of our whole academic community, is the humanist point of view, the capacity to acquire a different voice in and insight of the world around us, to be able to see and articulate new possibilities of meaning.

In order to foster further the presentation before the whole IE community of such other voices and insights from our students and former students, the IE Humanities Center, our research and teaching  center specialized in the Humanities, convenes in collaboration with IE Foundation the IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities.

The IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities are convened in four different categories: Short story in Spanish and in English, Poetry in Spanish and in English, Short Film and Photography, and they are opened exclusively to students or former students of IE.

The three best works in each category or subcategory will be duly recognized. The prizes, granted by IE Foundation, will consist of a collective print edition of the awarded pieces together with a pen-drive of their digital versions together with the awarded short films. The edition will have a distribution of 1,500 copies, a hundred of which will be given to each winner for their personal, non-commercial use.

We encourage you to participate and show your capacity for expressing yourself with another voice or another insight, so we can all realize it.

If you want to participate or further information, please click here

19
Apr

“Nunca pude volver a España, pero quisiera que algo de mí, mi biblioteca, acabara allí”. Consciente de que no le quedaba mucho tiempo de vida, la historiadora Isabel de Madariaga, hija menor del insigne intelectual y político español Salvador de Madariaga, que fue embajador de la Segunda República, contaba, con lágrimas en los ojos, que ese era uno de sus últimos deseos. Con una madre historiadora, la británica Constance Helen Margaret, Isabel de Madariaga llegó a ser una historiadora de referencia internacional por sus estudios sobre la Rusia de Catalina la Grande, emperatriz entre 1762 y 1796. Sin embargo, apenas es conocida en España y, hasta hace no mucho, lo era también para los estudiosos de la historia rusa en nuestro país.

Quien se encargó de cumplir esa postrera voluntad de Isabel de Madariaga fue la historiadora eslavista Susana Torres Prieto. “En 2010, fui elegida en Reino Unido presidenta de una asociación científica de estudios sobre la Rusia medieval, yo era la primera española con ese nombramiento, e Isabel pertenecía a esa asociación. Al ver mi nombre, me escribió un correo electrónico en el que decía que quería pedirme un favor y que fuera a verla a su casa de Londres”.

Cuando Torres (Madrid, 1974), profesora de Humanidades y Relaciones Internacionales del IE University, de Madrid, cruzó el pequeño jardín de una típica casita londinense de dos plantas, se encontró un salón con muebles antiguos y repleto de libros. En el piso superior, dos dormitorios con libros hasta el techo y un despacho con muchos papeles por el suelo: “Eso no lo muevas, que tengo que escribir un artículo”, le dijo una mujer de 90 años, casi ciega y que vivía sola, y a la que le enfurecía que le hubiesen prohibido conducir. “Isabel, o Lolita, como la llamaba todo el mundo porque así la llamaba su padre, con quien tuvo una gran relación e incluso le hacía de secretaria tenía carácter”, señala Torres. Read more…

12
Apr

xxxDonald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Alexis Tsipras, Nigel Farage, Hugo Chavez, Sarah Palin, Geert Wilders, Bernie Sanders, Pablo Iglesias—most of you are familiar with these names. At a time of economic uncertainty, high unemployment, and fears about immigration, in which the world seems to lurch from one crisis to the next, we need politicians who are authentic, who are prepared to speak truth to power, and who know and care about the needs of average people. These are the people who should set the political agenda, right?

The reality is less clear. Recent years have seen a rise in populist parties and populist politicians across Europe and the Americas—a rise many people find deeply troubling. Why are people like Le Pen, Iglesias, and our favourite orange-haired billionaire Donald Trump becoming more and more prominent? Especially in parts of the world that pride themselves on their enlightened “liberal” attitudes toward politics and society, why are supposedly illiberal parties and personalities becoming so popular, not only at the national level, but in city councils and regional assemblies as well? Is this a flash-in-the-pan phenomenon, or an omen for the future? And is there any difference between right-wing and left-wing populism, or are they equally problematic?

All students and faculty are invited to join us for a discussion of these questions on Thursday, April 14, from 19:00-21:00 in MMB 31—Room 801 (Madrid campus). All viewpoints are welcome, so don’t be afraid to speak your mind.

We hope to see you there!

17
Feb

9788430607303Manuel Lucena Giraldo es Investigador Principal del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) y Profesor Asociado de Humanidades de IE University. El profesor Lucena tiene una extensa bibliografía que se han ocupado de viajeros y descubrimientos, historia urbana, imágenes de España e imperios globales. Sus últimos libros son Naciones de rebeldes. Las revoluciones de independencia latinoamericanas, Francisco de Miranda. La aventura de la política y La era de las exploraciones. Es colaborador habitual de ABC Cultural y Revista de Occidente. Forma parte del consejo asesor de National Geographic en historia global.

“Un recorrido excepcional por la historia de España a través de sus objetos. Un repaso ilustrado a los objetos —de los más cotidianos a los más excepcionales— que conforman la historia de España. Desde un hacha de mano hallada en Atapuerca, y la Constitución de 1812, hasta el microscopio de Ramón y Cajal, la fregona, la bombona de butano, los vestidos de Balenciaga o el Guernica.”

La presentación del libro “82 objetos que cuentan un país. Una historia de España” tendrá lugar el jueves 17 de marzo a las 18h en MMB102 (María de Molina 31 Bis, Madrid)

En caso de ser de su interés, ruego confirme su asistencia pinchando aquí

15
Jan

matrioshka-maidanThursday, January 28th 2016, 6pm, at Refectory (Segovia)

Probably the greatest contribution of Russia to European culture, or at least the most acknowledged, has been the Russian 19th century novel, which encompassed as few other literary traditions the struggle for modernity as well as visions of a better future. Nowadays, Russian society struggles between past and present narratives, moving between official and underground accounts of her past and present. By confronting Russia’s past and present depictions of herself we might be able to discern which elements are still permanent of Russia’s vision of Russia.

Speakers:  Prof. Catriona Kelly, University of Oxford and Pilar Bonet, correspondent of El País in Russia. Moderator: Susana Torres, Associate Professor IE University

If you wish to attend please register here

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