May 19th, 2022 (1:30pm-3:00pm Boston / 19:30-21:00 Madrid)
This session will trace the routes various Galician intellectuals had to follow after leaving Spain between 1936 and 1939, demonstrating how thought, action, and life are interwoven in their work. Their academic and intellectual enterprises were an effort to reconstruct a narrative of community and articulate a political space where the memory of Republican culture and the experiences of the Spanish Civil War could be perceived. The session will cover intellectual figures such as José Rubia Barcia, Ernesto Guerra da Cal, Emilio González López, and Ramón Martínez López, as well as artists like Eugenio Fernández Granell. After the war, many of them taught at American universities and, though they shared a political experience and historical background, their careers differed widely. The panel will try to reconstruct their intellectual contexts by paying special attention to the tensions and discursive struggles that structure the cultural field of Spanish and Galician exiles.
Alejandro Alonso Nogueira is Associate Professor of contemporary literature at City University of New York. His research interests are intellectual history, the history of Spanish literature, and the relationship between academic discourses, the interpretation of fiction, and nationalist projects –analysing the role of subjectivity, cultural contexts and the internal story of contemporary peninsular Spanish travel literature. Jose Losada-Montero is Associate Professor and Director of the Spanish Program at Southwest Minnesota State University. He specializes in intellectual history, historiography and literary theory, also publishing in the field of Galician Studies––Rerouting Galician Studies: Multidisciplinary Interventions (2017), for example, which he coedited.