Performing Otherness: A Postcolonial Approach to Francoist Spain

  • Maria Iñigo Clave (Organiser)
  • Sagrario Aznar Almazan (Organiser)
  • Hopkins, C. (Host)
  • Hopkins, C. (Speaker)
  • Esther Planas (Invited speaker)
  • Alicia Fuentes Vega (Invited speaker)
  • Helena Miguélez-Carballeira (Invited speaker)
  • Carles Prado Pons (Invited speaker)
  • Saval, J. (Invited speaker)
  • Neil Cox (Invited speaker)
  • Williams, R. (Chair)
  • Paloma Gay-Blasco (Chair)

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This international symposium opens up discussion of Spanish art and culture in relation to the construction of discourses of coloniality in 20th-century Spain, especially in the Francoist period. It attempts to identify methodological approaches that would allow us to understand the consolidation of hegemonic colonial discourses and how they continue in Spain today. This examination involves an analysis of constructs of Otherness in two directions – inwards and outwards. On the one hand, how did artists, performers, writers, or other cultural brokers, based in Spain, exoticise other cultures as well as their own culture as part of official rhetoric (e.g. state-funded exhibitions relating to colonial territories in Africa; translations of Chinese texts/images, state administration of rural Spain). On the other hand, the analysis is concerned with Spanish (self-)representation as Other within international contexts (eg. Picasso in African attire; flamenco in imagery for tourism/political campaigns; Hispanic Studies as a political contestation to the dictatorship).
Period26 Oct 2018
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh , United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • post-colonial theory
  • 20th-century Spain
  • Spanish art and visual culture
  • Francisco Franco
  • Fascism
  • Morocco
  • Picasso
  • tourism, touristic discourse
  • Latin American boom