Collective residencies / Political violence and theatre in the 21st century / Olot


From Tuesday, 1 June 2021 to Tuesday, 8 June 2021

PhD Researcher
Bellaterra, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


He holds a PhD in Catalan Language and Literature from the UAB and teaches Catalan Literature and Theatre Studies at the same university. He has specialised in the study of contemporary Catalan theatre. He has published several books on the period of the war and the revolution of 1936-1939, including 'Teatre, guerra i revolució. Barcelona, 1936-1939' (2005, Serra d'Or Critics' Prize for Research in the Humanities 2006). He is also the author of several books on the Catalan actress Margarida Xirgu. In recent years, he has published 'El teatro catalán en el exilio republicano de 1939' (2016), 'Maria Aurèlia Capmany, escriptora compromesa (1963-1977)' (2018), and, together with Sharon Feldman, 'Els límits del silenci. La censura del teatre català durant el franquisme' (2016). He is a member of the Study Group on the History of Culture and Intellectuals (UB) and of the Centre for the Study of Dictatorships and Democracies (UAB).


In addition to coordinating the programme of the residency, I will present a paper on the advances in the study of political violence in contemporary Catalan theatre; I will lead one of the reading clubs for a play on the subject studied and I will participate in a debate seminar on theoretical references. Together with Dr. Sandra Ortega, I will prepare the organization of the congress on the theme of the residency to be held in Bogota in October 2021. Likewise, together with the whole group, we will lay the foundations for the constitution of the Intercontinental Network of Latin American and European Theatre Researchers.

A rewarding research experience

Faberllull was a very rewarding experience both personally and from an intellectual and academic point of view. It allowed us to calmly discuss our research on the subject of political violence and theatre; to clearly understand the commonalities and differences in our approaches to the issue in each of our theatrical realities; to share theoretical and methodological approaches and perspectives; and to have relaxed, informal conversations on shared concerns in the field we research in. The Olot residential course helped us finalise preparations for the virtual congress in Bogotá (October 2021) and lay the foundations for the creation of an international academic network of Latin American and European theatre researchers. Given our experience, we believe that Faberllull should consider holding more of these residential courses for university researchers, particularly those working in the arts and humanities, who encounter greatest difficulty in securing other types of support.

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