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Perez De Ayala Conference

25 Apr 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


University of Southampton



This year’s Perez de Ayala Lecture will be given by Javier Moscoso, Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). This talk will explore attitudes towards individual and collective suffering from the 16th to the late 19th centuries, shedding some light on the lasting cultural forms that have remained part of Spanish cultural identity. Far from focusing on discontinuities towards the pain of others, the lecture will  explore the influence of Catholiticism and Catholic practices in the configuration of a national character or, rather, on the representation of a Spanish identity like a “Mater dolorosa”, as Prof. Alvarez Junco describes it.

The lecture will be divided in three types of source material: biographical narratives and what the history of the emotions has called “ego sources”, like diaries and private documents, mainly of a religious nature; fictional and other artistic sources, including novels and paintings, in particular the so-called “arte lacrimógeno” that flourished in late 19th century Spain; and the correlation between religious beliefs and political policies.

Supported by the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain


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