Spain and the Catalan Crisis: Where do the Roots of the Problem Lie?

18/10/2017, 14:00 - 16:00


A talk given by Dr Andrew Dowling about the current Spain and Catalan crisis, as part of the Conflict, Development and Disaster research theme at the School of Modern Languages.

For casual observers of Spain, the recent news about Catalonia and its dramatic impact seems to have suddenly appeared as a major political issue. Whilst the well informed tend to be aware of Catalonia’s major cultural figures such as Salvador Dalí or Gaudí, and the well-travelled often visit Barcelona, there is much less familiarity with a long standing political problem on the southern periphery of Europe. This is partly because in recent decades, the tussle that has regularly taken place between Barcelona and the government in Madrid has been low intensity and usually containable. However, the scenes of violent police action seeking to prevent a referendum in Catalonia on 1st October transformed perceptions of the Catalan problem. The Catalan question exploded onto the world news agenda.

Dr Andrew Dowling (School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University) is a specialist on modern and contemporary Catalonia and is the author of The Rise of Catalan Independence: Spain’s Territorial Crisis published by Routledge in December 2017. He has previously written Reconstructing the Nation: Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War (Sussex Academic Press, 2012), as well as numerous academic articles.

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Conflict, Development and Disaster Seminar Series