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img_humanidades_348_mediumSermones e imágenes artísticas desarrollaron una función adoctrinadora en los fundamentos de la religión cristiana en la Edad Media, pero también jugaron un papel esencial no solo para explicar al pueblo la naturaleza del sistema feudal, sino para legitimar su estructura de poder. Conformaron un lenguaje audiovisualque, utilizando elementos de la doctrina social y de la teología política desarrolladas por la iglesia desde sus orígenes, hablaba en síntesis del orden: de una sociedad virtuosa, jerarquizada, justa, unida y pacífica; esto es, de las virtudes individuales y sociales que debían regir para alcanzar el destino de la eterna salvación.

Este libro de Miguel Larrañaga (Vicerrector de Estudiantes de IE University y Doctor en Historia Medieval por la Universidad de Deusto), autor de numerosas publicaciones sobre la sociedad y la cultura medievales, parte del concepto de racionalidad de Max Weber, que aglutina y proporciona cohesión interna a otros principios generales, y es aplicado a la idea agustiniana de orden. Desde esa base resulta evidente la relación entre el mensaje de los sermones y de la iconografía románica y gótica, que es analizada desde el punto de vista del receptor medieval.

Además del autor intervendrá en el acto Rafael Puyol, Catedrático en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid y vicepresidente de la Fundación IE.

La presentación tendrá lugar Jueves, 16 de abril del 2015 a las 19h en el Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (C/ Alcalá 42)


Arantza de Areilza, IE’s Dean of Humanities, interviews Danilo Türk, former President of the Republic of Slovenia, on the changing security landscape of Europe.



Humanities Discussion Series Segovia “Freedom of Speech”

Written on January 30, 2015 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University

free-speechLiberty, Equality and Fraternity. These were the pillars of the French Revolution and what nationalists in 19th Century wanted to propagate throughout Europe and beyond.  The right to freedom of speech is taken by many to be the most indispensable aspect of a truly ‘free society’.  But, ‘free speech’ has nowhere and at no time meant any speech.  For example, we are often told that, “you can’t shout fire in a movie theatre” or that, “you can’t incite violence”.  And, in no society is libel and slander—the written or spoken defamation of others by the utterance of falsehood—protected.  So, are there legitimate limits on speech that would still allow us to call it ‘free’?

In theory, most Western societies reserve their citizens’ ‘right to offend.’ You can publicly say, “I don’t like old people”, or “hipsters”, or make disparaging comments about “women” or “men”. But, in most European contexts as well, there are limitations on the right to offend, namely, in the case of what is seen as constituting “hate speech”. In Germany, simply giving the Nazi salute is a crime.  In many others as well, Holocaust denial is illegal. In Spain, a magazine was charged with ‘offending the crown’ for visually depicting the heir apparent and his wife (now king and queen) having sex.  Here, one also cannot “apologize for terrorism”, namely, that perpetrated by ETA.  By focusing on these cases, where the sensitive points of each society have been placed outside the boundaries of ‘free speech’, it could be argued that the insistence of Western journalists on depicting and lampooning the prophet Muhammad, despite the high sensitivity of Muslims with respect to the subject, constitutes a clear double standard and pure hypocrisy.  Why can you offend Muslims in Spain, but not terror victims and the monarchs of the country?

Are there dangers in conceding censorship on the grounds of offending people? Or is ‘freedom of speech’ a neo-imperialist façade that is used selectively in Western societies to mock minorities such as Muslims while protecting nonetheless what each such society considers sacred for itself?  In our first Humanities Discussion of the new year, we encourage you to use your free speech to decide what it actually is.  And, if we all end up shouting at and hating each other by the end of the night, there will at least be some food and drink to compensate you for your offended feelings!  Look forward to seeing you there.

The eventy will take place on Thursday, February 5, 7-9 pm at Sala Capitular (Segovia)


“A secret Life” the other side of Professor Milosevic

Written on January 26, 2015 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University, International Relations, Video

In this video IE University International Relations Prof. Mira Milosevic argues that people’s secret lives have exactly the same function as espionage in the field of international relations. Moreover, she says that everyone needs a secret life because it assures a certain level of protection.

In her view social networks make it extremely tempting to overshare our public and family lives, leaving us vulnerable.
Don t miss what she says about espionage and prostitution, citing what Vernon Walters, former Deputy Director of the CIA, once said to her!

Prof. Milosevic was born in Serbia, is extremely well read, conversant in several languages, and a very inspiring character, who of course likes to keep her secret life, secret!!!

P.S. She recommended a Croatian author you might want to check out – Dubravka Ugresic. I really like her work!


Danilo-TurkOn January 19th, the IE School of International Relations will host Danilo Türkformer President of Slovenia. In his conference, Mr. Türk will address the changing security landscape of Europe, 40 years after the Helsinki Final Act was signed.

This session will take place from 16:30 to 18:00 (room MMB603, María de Molina 31bis). Previously, Mr. Danilo Türk will attend the IE Business Leadership Forum, where key players meet to examine challenges in the fields of economy, politics and management.

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