Conference Outline

Thursday, July 12, 2018

08:00–18:00: Pre-Conference Tour of the University of Barcelona (optional extra).

Free walking tours of the University of Barcelona, taking in the Historic Building and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will be held before and after the conference. These tours are open to all delegates and are free to attend.


Friday, July 13, 2018

The University of Barcelona – Plaça Universitat Campus, Aula Magna Auditorium

09:30-10:30 Opening Ceremony & Welcome Address
Dr Alex Aguilar, Vice Rector for Outreach and Internationalisation, University of Barcelona
Dr Jesús Javier Velaza Frías, Dean of the Faculty of Philology, University of Barcelona
Dr William Phillips, Head of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and English Studies, University of Barcelona
Dr Joseph Haldane, Chairman and CEO, IAFOR
Dr Susan Ballyn, Founder and Honorary Director of the Centre for Australian and Transnational Studies, University of Barcelona

10:35-10:45 Opening Announcements
Kiyoshi Mana, Director of Events, IAFOR

Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners

10:45-13:15 Friday Morning Plenary Session
Chaired by Susan Ballyn, University of Barcelona, Spain

10:45-11:30 Featured Panel Presentation
The way and wherefore of Spain’s current political crisis: Catalonia… again
Michael Strubell
Montserrat Camps Gasset, University of Barcelona, Spain

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-12:05 Featured Presentation
¡A España no hay presos políticos! / In Spain there are no political prisoners!
Cornelis Martin Renes, University of Barcelona, Spain

12:05-12:25 Keynote Presentation
Catalonia’s Referendum on Independence from Spain
Bill Phillips, University of Barcelona, Spain

12:25-13:15 Panel Q&A

13:15-13:30 Conference Photograph

13:15-15:15 Lunch and Welcome Reception

15:15-18:30 Friday Afternoon Plenary Session
Chaired by Joseph Haldane, IAFOR

15:15-15:45 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award | 2017 Winners Screening

15:45-17:15 Panel Presentation
The Cities We Fled
Sue Ballyn, University of Barcelona, Spain
Liz Byrski, Curtin University, Australia
Donald E. Hall, Lehigh University, USA

17:15-17:45 Coffee Break

17:45-18:30 Keynote Presentation
Football, Politics and the City
Phil Ball, Federation of Basque Schools, Spain


Saturday, July 14, 2018

The NH Collection Barcelona Constanza

09:30-10:00 Coffee, Tea and Pastries

10:00-11:30 Parallel Session I

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-13:15 Parallel Session II

13:15-14:15 Lunch Break

14:15-16:15 Parallel Session III

16:15-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-19:00 City/Global Afternoon Plenary Session
Chaired by Donald Hall, Lehigh University

16:30-17:10 20th Doireann MacDermott Keynote Lecture
Visible Signs of Ageing: Representational flattery, ageing women and agency in women’s fiction
Liz Byrski, Curtin University, Australia

17:10-17:50 7th Kathleen Firth Keynote Lecture
Writing the City: Buenos Aires in New Millennium Crime Fiction
Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz, University of Delaware, USA

17:50-18:00 Coffee Break

18:00-19:00 Featured Panel Presentation
How can writers respond when the future looks fearful?
Phil Ball, Federation of Basque Schools, Spain
Liz Byrski, Curtin University, Australia
Gloria Montero, Novelist, Playwright & Poet

19:00-21:00: Official Conference Dinner (optional extra)


Sunday, July 15, 2018

The NH Collection Barcelona Constanza

09:30-10:00 Coffee, Tea and Pastries

10:00-11:30 Parallel Session I

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-13:15 Parallel Session II

13:15-14:15 Lunch Break

14:15-16:15 Parallel Session III

16:15-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-17:00 Closing Remarks


Monday, July 16, 2018

08:00–18:00: Post-Conference Tour of the University of Barcelona (optional extra).

Free walking tours of the University of Barcelona, taking in the Historic Building and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will be held before and after the conference. These tours are open to all delegates and are free to attend.


The above schedule may be subject to change.