Performing Otherness: a Postcolonial Approach to Francoist Spain

  • 9am - 5pm

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

This international symposium opens up discussion of Spanish art and culture in relation to the construction of discourses of coloniality in 20th-century Spain, especially in the Francoist period. It attempts to identify methodological approaches that would allow us to understand the consolidation of hegemonic colonial discourses and how they continue in Spain today. This examination involves an analysis of constructs of Otherness in two directions – inwards and outwards. On the one hand, how did artists, performers, writers, or other cultural brokers, based in Spain, exoticise other cultures as well as their own culture as part of official rhetoric (e.g. state-funded exhibitions relating to colonial territories in Africa; translations of Chinese texts/images, state administration of rural Spain). On the other hand, the analysis is concerned with Spanish (self-)representation as Other within international contexts (eg. Picasso in African attire; flamenco in imagery for tourism/political campaigns; Hispanic Studies as a political contestation to the dictatorship).

Concept and organisation: María Iñigo Clavo (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
The symposium is part of the
Research Group “Experiences of the Political in Francoist Spain” (MINECO). It has been initiated and coordinated by María Iñigo Clavo in association with the School of History of Art, University of Edinburgh.



9.30am - 9.50am: Registration

9.50am - 10.15am: Welcome and introduction, Yayo Aznar (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia) and María Iñigo Clavo (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)

10.15am - 12.45pm: Panel 1:  Appropriating the exotic, Chair: Paloma Gay-Blasco (University of St Andrews)

  • 10.15am - 10.45am: Neil Cox (University of Edinburgh), [Talk on Picasso - title tbc]
  • 10.45am - 11.15am: Esther Planas (University of the Arts London), Dissociative Fugue Disorder. Auto-exoticism as bio politics: Ways of questioning the production of culture during Francoism
  • 11.15am - 11.30am: Tea/Coffee Break
  • 11.30am - 12.00pm: Alicia Fuentes Vega (Universidad Complutense Madrid), Goyaesque beggars, Murillesque urchins. Experiencing the past in Francoist Spain
  • 12.00pm - 12.45pm: Panel discussion

2pm - 5pm: Panel 2: On the meaning of colony in Francoism, Chair: Richard Williams (University of Edinburgh)

  • 2pm - 2.30pm: Helena Miguélez-Carballeira (Bangor University), The Spanish rural subject and the Instituto Nacional de Colonización (1939-1971): A Biopolitical Perspective
  • 2.30pm - 3pm: Claudia Hopkins (University of Edinburgh), The Dream of a Spanish-Moroccan Brotherhood. Art and Exhibitions, 1936-1956
  • 3pm - 3.15pm: Tea/Coffee Break
  • 3.15pm - 3.45pm: Carles Prado Pons (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). A triangulated alterity: China in Spain, 1880-1930
  • 3.45pm - 4.15pm: José Saval (University of Edinburgh). Latin American Boom or Boomerang: the impact of the periphery in the metropolis.
  • 4.15pm - 5pm: Panel discussion and closing remarks


Free to attend.