“Dibugrafías” de José Félix Valdivieso y Miguel Panadero

Written on September 27, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Literature


El Director de Comunicación Jose Felíx Valdivieso y el pintor Miguel Panadero han lanzado el proyecto de crowdfunding para publicar el libro Dibugrafías. Lo habitual cuando se ilustra un texto es que al ilustrador le envíen el texto y de ahí haga la ilustración. Las 51 historias que componen Dibugrafías tienen la particularidad de no seguir ese método convencional, sino el contrario. Miguel enviaba a Jose Félix semanalmente un dibujo, una pregunta visual, para que le diese una respuesta escrita, una historia. Ahora  ‘Míster No’, ‘Los esperadores’, ‘El hombre sin cabeza’, ‘La mujer de las tres ventanas’, o algunas otras, esperan su respuesta.

Si desea leer un adelanto de tres de las 51 historias breves que componen el libro en este link  Si desea más información sobre cómo comprar el libro por adelantado pincha aquí.



Humanities Faculty at Hay Festival Segovia 2016

Written on September 21, 2016 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in IE Humanities Center, IE University


Namita Gokhale and Miguel Larrañaga

Hay Festival Segovia 2016 began last Saturday September 17th and will last until Sunday 25th. This year will also see big names of the universe of the arts and letters such as writer Deborah Levy or actress Julie Christie. The present edition has India as invited country, in order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Indian Spanish Diplomatic Relations.

On Monday 19th Humanities Professor Susana Torres had a conversation with journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, Former Editor at The Times of India. The event was an overview of Dr. Padgaonkar extraordinary life, from his times of doctoral student at l’Université Paris-Sorbonne to his leadership of India’s most relevant opinion maker. With an exquisite intellectual approach he shared with the audience several insights to understand the course of Indian’s history since its independence from the United Kingdom.

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Dileep Padgaonkar and Susana Torres

On Tuesday 20th Vice Rector Miguel Larrañaga held a conversation with writer and cultural activist Namita Gokhale. This interesting talk versed on two themes, her literature works and the Jaipur Literature Festival. With an amazing pedagogic style Ms. Gokhale decostructed the main themes in her literature, based in women and love. Her speech was clear and well structured, a pleasure to hear and learn. She also talked about the Jaipur Literature Festival, a project she launched 10 years ago and now co directs with writer William Dalrymple.

These two talks were the perfect warmup for this edition of Hay Festival Segovia and for this years IE University’s cycle of conferences India Present and Future. This series of lectures will officially start on October 20th with a talk on Indian Economy by Pradeep Bhargava (Chief Representative India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh La Caixa) and Patricia Gabaldón (Assistant Professor of Economic Environment at IE Business School) Chaired by Kiron Ravindran (Associate Dean of the Masters in Management Programs at IE Business School). And will also include renowned personalities such as the above mention Namita Gokhale or Spanish writer Javier Moro, among many others. Stay tuned!


Below you can find a list of this year’s winners covering the length and breadth of our broad spectrum of nationalities. It clearly reflects the richness and plurality of interests and culture of IE students and alumni, in all IE schools, and at every level of our higher education programs.

The winners of the IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities for the 2015/16 academic year are:


Short story in Spanish

First prize:

María Isabel Macías Núñez (Madrid, Spain, 1993, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for Un hombre con el abrigo largo.

Second prize:

Elisa Carrara (Cuneo, Italy, 1987, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for Una expresión sardónica.

Third prize:

Sofía Quetglas Diz (Madrid, Spain, 1992, Master in Management, 2016), for De vuelta a Barcelona.

Special mention:

María Isabel Macías Núñez (Madrid, Spain, 1993, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for Muerte en María de Molina.


Poem in Spanish

First prize:

Sofía Rondán González (Barcelona, Spain, 1992, Master in International Relations, 2016), for Nadie.

Second prize:

María Isabel Macías Núñez (Madrid, Spain, 1993, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for Primer round.

Third prize:

Jesús Arcenegui Méndez (Madrid, Spain, 1997, Bachelor in International Relations, 2019), for Quiero.


Short story in English

First prize:

Do Xuan Hoang (Hanoi, Vietnam, 1996, Bachelor in Architecture, 2020), for Aroma.

Second prize:

Alyssa Flora Najafi (Palo Alto, U.S.A., 1989, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for Death Valley.

Third prize:

Marieke Elisah Lensvelt (Muscat, Oman, 1991, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for The Other Side.


Poem in English

First prize:

Joy Cierrea Archer Holmes (Daytona Beach, U.S.A., 1993, Bachelor of Laws, 2017), for Beautuful Imperfectiums [sic].

Second prize:

Sumedha Sharma (Kanpur, India, 1987, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for One Place – A Haiku.

Third prize:

Malak El Halabi (Baakline, Lebanon, 1992, Master in Market Research and Consumer Behavior, 2016), for 23.



First prize:

Nathalie Lagard (Bratislava, Slovakia, 1994, Bachelor in Architecture, 2017), for Rendez-vous.

Second prize:

Romain Odin Lepoutre (Manila, Philippines, 1993, Bachelor in Architecture, 2019), for Hangman.

Third prize:

Jazmin Cristina Harb Andrade (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1991, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for Dancejazz.



Sole winner:

Montserrat Gutiérrez Mesegue (San Diego, U.S.A., 1995, Bachelor in Architecture, 2018), for Apparently.


3628fbfEl Vicerector de IE University Miguel Larrañaga Zulueta impartirá la conferencia “El Románico como movimiento artístico del sistema cristiano-feudal” el próximo martes 20 de septiembre a las 19h en el Museo Arqueológico Nacional (Sala de conferencias)

La cronología del arte Románico coincide estrictamente con la plenitud del sistema feudal de Europa occidental. A partir de este hecho podemos hablar del Románico como expresión de un sistema, un lenguaje que uniformiza la cultura europea y que relacionamos con procesos como las reformas monástica y gregoriana o la organización social del espacio, en el marco del Orden cristiano-feudal de la plena Edad Media.

Este nuevo lenguaje fue cuidadosamente representado, por ser un elemento indispensable en el adoctrinamiento de los fundamentos de la religión cristiana en la Edad Media y en la legitimación del sistema feudal.

A través de esta ponencia el Dr. Larrañaga revisará diversos exponentes románicos, que aun siendo manifestaciones de muy diferentes escalas, evidenciarán la importante relación entre el sistema feudal y el movimiento artístico.


A childhood of memories: Roald Dahl’s centenary

Written on September 14, 2016 by Susana Torres Prieto in Arts & Cultures & Societies

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By Susana Torres Prieto, Professor of Humanities at IE University and IE Business School.

Yesterday, September the 13th 2016, Roald Dahl would have turned 100 years. Too much, even for someone whose imagination could equally inspire children worldwide and masters of suspense such as Alfred Hitchcock. Roald Dahl made something that is now quite fashionable in business talk, but that very few had done before him: thinking out of the box. Nothing in his literary universe was as expected, or as we had been told it was going to be. In Roald Dahl’s stories for children, but also in his short stories for adults, the unexpected was normal, the impossible became possible, losers became winners, and the whole reality became a huge playground where rules were not necessarily written, and certainly not by persons in charge.

Children across the world read in Dahl books, some of us for the first time, that children could actually save parents, like Charlie did in Charlie the Champion of the World, that very intelligent little girls could use telekinesis to avoid being bullied, like Matilda, or that you can actually cross the Atlantic Ocean on a …peach, like 4-year-old James in James and the Giant Peach. The great thing about reading Roald Dahl’s stories as a child was not only that they were much less sugary than Enid Blyton’s, but they were, more importantly, politically incorrect: adults and teachers were not right just because they were adults or teachers, and, in that respect, Dahl was subversive, and funny.

In adult stories, he gave another meaning to what in English we call “a twist in the tail”. No wonder Hitchcock used some of his ideas for his TV series. But Dahl’s life was a good screenplay in itself. And, typically of him, instead of writing a pompous autobiography telling adults where had he been and whom had he met, he wrote two books for children, Boy and Flying Solo in which he narrated his childhood and first years as an RAF pilot in Africa. Absolutely fascinating stuff.

And so, when many men and women from my generation look back and think exactly at which point did we realise that another world was possible, that new rules could be coined, that our parents/teachers/bosses were not always right, we probably look back to our childhood years with long summer evenings and even longer winter nights spent in the company of all these subversive, radical, magical characters that Roald Dahl created for us and realise that, there and then, we were greatly inspired by this Welshman of Norwegian origins and great attitude.

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