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Spanish Department Hosts Literature Conference on Antonio Ferres

Scholars representing universities across Spain and France convened at SLU-Madrid for the seminar, Antonio Ferres, la ciudad y el realismo social.

Organized by the SLU-Madrid Spanish Department head Olga Muñoz, Ph.D (Spanish), together with Angeles Encinar, Ph.D (Spanish), the conference brought together speakers with widely varied academic backgrounds. The result was an intriguing, multidisciplinary approach to the study of the life and works of the great Spanish novelist, Antonio Ferres.

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Eneko Lorente, a specialist in the audiovisual field from the Universidad de País Vasco, addressed the essential question Ferres provokes in his readers: “Qué es eso que nos mira mientras miramos...Es decir, que nos espeja en la vida?”

With each essay that was read, a dormant memory or feeling of a distant time was reawakened. Those who came early had the pleasure of hearing the chronicles of one of Ferres’ close childhood friends sitting in the front row. Despite speaking of difficult topics such as is the Spanish Civil War, respect reigned among the speakers and the attendees.

Eneko Lorente, specialist in the audiovisual field from the Universidad de País Vasco and the third speaker to brave the stage, made an eloquent opening statement about the essential question Ferres provokes in his readers: “Qué es eso que nos mira mientras miramos...Es decir, que nos espeja en la vida?” [“What is looking at us while we look? That is, what mirrors us in life?”]

The afternoon came to a conclusion on a personal note, after final researcher, SLU-Madrid’s professor Ángeles Encinar, read her piece “Juan Eduardo Zúñiga, Antonio Ferres y Antonio Núñez: voces alejadas del foco.”

The conference exemplifies the unique academic and cultural opportunities that SLU-Madrid's Spanish Department organizes. SLU-Madrid has served as the site for the study of Spanish language and literature for more than 50 years. Students may pursue undergraduate and graduate studies here during the academic year and over the summer. Find out more about Spanish programs at SLU-Madrid.