This City as Text™ faculty institute takes participants to Barcelona, Spain, to investigate the ongoing renewal and revision of its identity as a 21st-century creative, technical, and economic engine. Participants will explore how this transformative process has responded to and has been informed by its history, the sociocultural changes within its neighborhoods, the effects of tourism, its evolving socio-political identity, the arrival of immigrants, and efforts at sustained economic development.
Barcelona’s current identity draws from various influences, including a rich history of art, architecture, and design and a fierce sense of Catalonian pride. While Barcelona has always been a city of literal and figurative borders, sitting at a crossroads of antiquity and post-modernization, its contemporary political and cultural climate is poised for reflection. Most Barcelona residents identify as Catalan rather than Spanish. Demonstrations are central to daily life and identity is politicized in everything from sports, to food, to the Catalan flag worked into stained glass windows of neighborhood churches. Language and landscape also are central to the intersection of identity and belonging, and the design of parks, buildings, and community spaces speaks to this priority. Institute participants will utilize City as Text™ to uncover, interpret, and analyze these issues, which are pertinent to disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Costs & Deadlines
Estimated $1650 which includes $500 non-refundable deposit. This cost covers institute reading materials, instructional fees, local transportation, final group dinner, incidental charges, and lodging in a two-bedroom apartment with three other program participants. Single rooms can be requested for an additional fee pending availability. Program cost does not include travel to and from Barcelona or most meals.
March 1, 2018
March 1, 2018: $500 Deposit
April 1, 2018: Balance Due