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Reel Iberia: Media Representations of the Iberian Past

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Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Comparative & World Literature; School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics; Center for Advanced Study; Department of French and Italian; Department of History; Media & Cinema Studies; Program in Medieval Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; European Union Center at Illinois; Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (Hispanex Program)
FLB 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)
Sep 24, 2021 - Sep 25, 2021   All Day
Originating Calendar
European Union Center Events

Popular representations of history in film and television are usually viewed, in academic circles, as fanciful cultural products that either distort historical accuracy for commercial purposes or that perpetuate preconceived national narratives. Yet they can reflect and shape political debates in a more immediate way than academic history.

This conference explores how contemporary audiovisual representations of Iberian history have been produced and consumed in the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. Reel history either reflects nostalgia for a past of grandeur or rejects it as a burdensome legacy that is perceived as incompatible with modernity. But historical representations are primarily interventions on contemporary debates, such as immigration, sexual and civil rights, or cultural identity. Stories about the past tell us a lot about the present.

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