The Cultural Politics of Spain's Transition to Democracy
Professor Duncan Wheeler (University of Leeds) will present his late research on Culture, Politics, and Democracy in the context of Spanish History and Art.
Professor Duncan Wheeler (University of Leeds)
What is the relationship between politics and culture? The first part of this talk will use concrete examples to argue that culture not only reflected but also shaped the path from dictatorship to democracy. This context will allow Prof. Wheeler, in the second half, to examine how and why analyzing cultural production and reception might allow us to nuance ongoing debates surrounding agency in relation to both elite pacts and mass mobilisation.
Professor Duncan Wheeler holds the Chair in Spanish Studies at the University of Leeds. He is the editor (Hispanic Studies) of "Modern Language Review" and has published two monographs, two critical editions, an edited volume, and other thirty peer-reviewed articles and chapters. His latest book, "The Cultural Politics of Spain's Transition to Democracy", will be coming out soon with Manchester University Press. In addition to his academic publications, Duncan's work appears regularly in the UK, US and Spanish media through such outlets as "Jot Down", "The Times Literary Supplement", "The Guardian", "Newsweek" etc. He has been visiting Professors/Fellow at UCLA, the Carlos III (Madrid) and the University of Oxford. In 2016, he was inducted into the Spanish Academy of Stage Arts for his research into and teaching of Hispanic theatres.