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Marginal Barcelona(s): Photography & Lit in the Construction of the City During Franco Dictatorship
Start Date: 11/9/2017Start Time: 4:15 PM
Event Description:
The Spanish Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is presenting a lecture by Professor Olga Sendra Ferrer, Wesleyan University, titled:

"Marginal Barcelona(s): Photography and Literature in the Construction of the City During the Franco Dictatorship"

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Cuniff Hall (Science Center 199) at 4:15 p.m.

This lecture will consider a triple-sided relationship between urban environment, photography, and literature, in order to show how photography and the written text not only reproduce but also reciprocally construct the physicality and the discursivity of the city. Through the urban theories of Henry Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Edward Soja, we will develop a new theory, the concept of margin, that breaks with the urban geography of dictatorship-era Barcelona, which was characterized, in broad strokes, by a dual process of interrupted planning and abusive speculation, and created a peripheral city inhabited by the “other Catalans.” This simplistic center-periphery axis neglects not only the complexity of the margin, but also the heterogeneity of this Barcelona that will establish the foundations of the city into the 21st century. In this presentation, I will show how literature and photography envisions a new urban topography in which they make the margin manifest by questioning and contesting the fixedness of bourgeois Barcelona, while simultaneously seeking their own legitimization as citizens with the right to intervene in the construction and management of this city.

Location Information:
*Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

*Swarthmore College - Science Center
Room: Science Center 199 - Cunniff Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Suzanne McCarthy
Phone: 610-328-8143
Marginal Barcelona
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Spanish Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
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