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Cultural Organizations, Networks and Mediators in Contemporary Ibero-America

ISBN 9780367280505
Published January 14, 2020 by Routledge
344 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book proposes an innovative conceptual framework to explore cultural organizations at a multilateral level and cultural mediators as key figures in cultural and institutionalization processes. Specifically, it analyzes the role of Ibero-American mediators in the institutionalization of Hispanic and Lusophone cultures in the first half of the 20th century by means of two institutional networks: PEN (the non-governmental writer’s association) and the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation (predecessor to UNESCO). Attempting to combine cultural and global history, sociology, and literary studies, the book uses an analytical focus on intercultural networks and cultural transfer to investigate the multiple activities and roles that these mediators and cultural organizations set in motion. Literature has traditionally studied major figures and important centers of cultural production, but other regions and localities also played a crucial role in the development of intellectual cooperation. This book reappraises the place of Ibero-America in international cultural relations and retrieves the lost history of key secondary actors. The book will appeal to scholars from international relations, global and cultural history, sociology, postcolonial Studies, world and comparative literature, and New Hispanisms.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

Part I: Politics of the Spirit

1. Cultural Organizations, Networks and Mediators: An Introduction

Diana Roig-Sanz and Jaume Subirana

2. Rebuilding a Europe of Intellectuals (1918-1939)

Christophe Charle

3. Cultural Mediators and Their Complex Transfer Practices

Reine Meylaerts

Part II: Cultural Organizations

4. A Representative Organization?: Ibero-American Networks in the Committee on Intellectual Cooperation of the League of Nations (1922-1939)

Martin Grandjean

5. The 1933 Dubrovnik PEN Congress or How to Deal with the Present That Was Already History

Simona Škrabec

6. International PEN and the Republic of Literature

Rachel Potter

7. The 1936 Meetings of the PEN Clubs and the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation in Buenos Aires

Alejandra Giuliani

8. Barcelona on the International Map of Modernity: The Conferentia Club’s Role in the Interwar Period

Gabriella Gavagnin

Part III: Cultural Mediators

9. Joan Estelrich and International Cooperation: From the Years of Expansió Catalana to His Activity for the PEN Club in the Early-Mid-1930s

Sílvia Coll-Vinent

10. The Spanish Center of the International PEN Through Its First Sumiller: From a Project of International Solidarity to an Expression of the Tensions of the Literary Society of Madrid (1922-1924)

Laurie-Anne Laget

11. The International Relations of the Catalan PEN Until 1936: Guests, Congressors and Visitors

Joan Safont Plumed

12. The International Dimension of the Portuguese "Politics of the Spirit": António Ferro, Júlio Dantas, Fidelino de Figueiredo

Ângela Fernandes

13. Between the Local and the International: Enrique Gómez Carrillo and Antonio Aita at the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation

Laura Fólica and Ventsislav Ikoff

14. Torres Bodet and the "Male Pedagogies": Radiography of a Thought of Transcultural and Transnational Circulation

Mauricio Zabalgoitia Herrera

15. Universalisms in Debate During the 1940s: International Organizations and the Dynamics of International Intellectual Cooperation in the View of Brazilian Intellectual Miguel Ozório de Almeida

Letícia Pumar

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Diana Roig-Sanz is an ERC Starting Grant holder and a Ramón y Cajal senior research fellow at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Jaume Subirana is Associate Professor of Literature at Pompeu Fabra University.