Transferencia Cultural vs. Globalidad

Cultural Transfer vs. Globality
Theses to Debate Exposures

Training Seminar

May 6, 13 and 20, 2020
Barcelona, Catalonia

Organizing Team
Organized by: AGI | Art, Globalization, Interculturality, Universitat de Barcelona, within the Research Project Cartografía Crítica del Arte y la Visualidad en la Era de lo Global: Nuevas metodologías, conceptos y enfoques analíticos III Parte (HAR 2016-75100-P).
Directors: Joan Sureda i Pons
Coordinator: Maria Bendito

Session 1.
Cultural Transfer in Goya:
The Italian Case

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
The first part of the session will analyse the question of the study and research of the intercultural and transferential processes in the training of Francisco de Goya, an artist who lived in a Rome of contrasts around 1770, where creators from all over Europe came together and where the regenerative power of the past combined with the cultural mix of the present. A problem that has turned out to be a real Gordian Knot and whose historiographical difficulty has led to conceiving Goya as an artist of a slow and late learning who only reached a certain creative entity after his thirties.

In the second part of the session, the development of historical, museological and museographic research on this issue carried out in the exhibition Goya and Italy (2008) will be presented.

Session 2:
Strengthening and Overcoming
Eurocentrism around 1492:
A Problem of Globality

Wednesday, May 13th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
In the first part of the session we will discuss how in 1492 the Babelic curse was manifested in all its cruelty, the one that made every culture on the face of the earth have its language and consequently an identity that only translation could make understandable. It was the moment of the absolute strengthening of the self in the face of the other, of the self in the face of the other, of the known in the face of the unknown. In short, power in the face of the ambition and rebellion of those “others” who also wanted to possess and enjoy “our” paradise.

The second part of the session will analyse how the exhibition Art and Culture around 1492 (1992) attempted to reconstruct the Tower of Babel by globalising the process of historical and museographic research, an attempt that made it clear that the cultures of the time were not lost islands in a barren ocean; they were communicated or were not close because what was proper to some also became, through a global view, what was proper to others.


Wednesday, May 20th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
The attendees will present their contributions to the issues developed in the two previous sessions. They will be discussed together with the hypotheses initially proposed and the relevant conclusions will be drawn.

Joan Sureda i Pons

Professor of Art History at the University of Barcelona (1990-2019), Emeritus since 2019. Previously, he was professor at the University of the Basque Country (1975-1978), the Universidad Hispalense de Sevilla (1978-1982) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1982-1990). Director of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona (1986-1991) and principal researcher (PI) of the research and innovation projects ACAF/ART (2006-2018). Academic of the Academia Europaea, Section Musicology & History of Art & Architecture since 2013.


Interested students/curators/researchers are invited to submit their attendance application by sending a motivation letter (max. 300 words) and a short CV (max. 2 pages) to before April, 20th, 2020.
Free attendance.

Attendance will be counted as part of the specific or transversal activities of the Society and Culture PhD programme.


UB, Universitat de Barcelona
Faculty of Geography and History, Classroom 402
Montalegre 6, 08001 Barcelona, Catalonia