Lecture “Autopsia de un subtierro. Retrato de la Guerra Civil Española” of Francisco Ferrándiz, organized by the Chair of Artistic Studies. 20th / 21st centuries.
(PhD in Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1996) is a Senior Scientist at the Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología (ILLA) of the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS) of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).
His fields of interest include cultural studies, popular religiosity, visual anthropology, medical anthropology, body anthropology and the anthropology of violence, with special emphasis on research related to memory and social trauma. So far her two major ethnographic projects have been aimed at the spiritualist cult of Maria Lionza in Venezuela and, since 2003, the policies of memory in contemporary Spain, through the analysis of exhumations of mass graves of the civil war (1936-1939).
He has been Professor and / or Researcher of the Universities of Berkeley, Virginia, Central Venezuela, Utrecht, Autonomous State of Morelos, Deusto and Extremadura. He has also taught postgraduate studies at the Central Universities of Barcelona, Complutense, Rovira i Virgili and the Basque Country. At the University of Deusto (1999-2006), he was Director of the UNESCO Chair for Human Resource Training for Latin America (2001-2002) and Director of the Doctorate Migrations and Conflicts in Global Society (2002-2006). He is currently Coordinator of the EDEN (European Doctorate Enhancement on Peace and Conflict Research) network, funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus program. He has published numerous articles in national and international magazines.
CHAIR OF ARTISTIC STUDIES. 20th/21st CENTURIES
IVAM-UV-UPV (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern-Universitat de València-Universitat Politècnica de València-Universidad Miguel Hernández)
Directors: Juan Vicente Aliaga / Vicente Sánchez-Biosca
The life in images of contemporary culture outruns the (material and immaterial) traditional spaces in which they were entrapped in the past, even the recent past. Their genres and registers, their ambits of circulation, their ceaseless migrations give the impression of offering a previously unknown experience of the real at the same time as, in an apparent paradox, they display a not in the least feigned technological pride.
Nevertheless, however much studies of the History of Art, Fine Arts, Journalism and Audiovisual Communication have attempted to adapt to the demands of this state of affairs, the lability of the borders between creation and reflection, technology and art, the media and the collective imaginary, among others, requires more ductile ambits of reflection and debate than those to be found in university studies and traditional research. On the other hand, unlike classical philology, palaeography, the exegesis of written texts and the image still presents an imbalance between its (emotional, conceptual, political, memory-based) impact and the instruments provided to analyse it.
The aim of Cátedra Estudios Artísticos, arising from the collaboration between the University of Valencia, the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the IVAM, will consist in encouraging this reflection about the life of images both in the world of art and in social life, including imaginary. It will do so broadmindedly, avoiding academic, artistic or technological restrictions, but, nevertheless, thriving on and taking advantage of all the academic, museum-based and institutional aids at its disposal. For that reason, the fact that it is held at the IVAM is propitious because it can enrich its activities with the reflection about exhibitions, installations or lectures, and also the series of projections.