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University of Girona (UdG)
Institute of Catalan Language and Culture (www.udg.edu/ilcc)

 Contact details
Contact personDr. Xavier Pla Barbero
Associate Professor / Tenured lecturer 
StreetPl. Ferrater Mora, 1 
Address 17071 - Girona (Spain) 
Phone0034 972 418 231 
EmailShow Email
Social Media0034 972 418 231
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)250+ 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» History
» Literature
» Cultural studies

 Brief description of your activity focus
Study of the figure of the writer-journalist in interwar Europe, and the presence of the memory of the Spanish Civil War in Catalan novel today

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Research activies&interests
Study of the figure of the writer-journalist in Europe during the interwar period, and the poetics of the novel of war and war journalism, paying particular attention to the anti-epic register of the soldiers-writers, and the presence of the memory of the Spanish Civil War in Catalan novel today.

Keywords: Autobiography, memoirs, diaries, literary journalism, literature and memory, war novel.

International funding (interest on forthcoming calls)

Horizon 2020 – Workprogramme 2013-2015
• REFLECTIVE-SOCIETY-2015 Cultural Heritage and European Identities - “The cultural heritage of war in contemporary Europe”
• REFLECTIVE-1-2014: ERA-NET on Uses of the past

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency:
• Europe for citizens programme: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/europe-for-citizens_en

• Intense current research focused on the impact of cultural and literary World War I in Catalonia and Spain: 2 concurrent research projects (2013-2015), 1 international conference in Girona (24-26th September 2014) and a volume forthcoming December 2014 (see Activities>Participation in Projects&Networks)
• Consolidated experience devoted to the interpretation of the novels of war and recovery of the historical memory of the Spanish Civil War through Literature: Take part of the International Research Networks The Novelized Memory (coord. Univ. Aarhus, Denmark); Historical memory in the Iberian Literatures (coord. Univ. Basque Country) and “War and Memory research group: cultural cross-currents in contemporary Europe (coord. Queen Mary Univ. Belfast), (see Activities>Participation in Projects&Networks)
• Long experience in the investigation of the relationships between literature and journalism; novel of war, heritage and memory; and the study of hybridity of genres: literature&journalism, journalist report&novels, literature&everyday life, diaries&memoirs (member of “Heterologies of the Everyday Research Circle”, see Activities>Participation in Projects&Networks)
• He has published studies on these topics in international journals and volumes in publishing internationally renowned (Latin American / Vervuert, Reichenberger ...)
• Long Experience in organization of research activities and results transference in the last 5 years: curating exhibitions and coordinating seminars and international conferences (see Activities>International Seminars&Conferences organised and Grants&Awards)
• Director of Chair Josep Pla of Literature&Journalism (Univ. Girona, www.udg.edu/catedrajoseppla), amb main researcher of Contemporary Literature Research Group (devoted to this specific area, 6 members, 4 Phd, 2 PhD students: http://www.udg.edu/instituts/LlenguaiCulturaCatalanes/Presentacio/Literaturacontemporania/tabid/11923/language/ca-ES/Default.aspx).
• Member of the Institute of Catalan Language and Culture, university research centre (www.udg.edu/ilcc ) devoted to scientific research on the history of Catalan language and literature and related subjects (over 30 senior researchers). Xavier Pla is the coordinator of the research line focused on the contemporary literature.
• Member of the Consolidated Research Group: Catalan Language and Literature: History and identity (2014-2016), which gathers 22 researchers (16 seniors, 6 PhD students).
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» REFLECTIVE-1-2014: ERA-NET on Uses of the past
» REFLECTIVE-10-2014: Mobilising the network of National Contact Points in Societal Challenge 6
» REFLECTIVE-2-2015: Emergence and transmission of European cultural heritage and Europeanisation
» REFLECTIVE-5-2015: The cultural heritage of war in contemporary Europe

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeNational
Project TitleThe impact of the European civil war on the journalist-writer (1914-1945): new jobs, new genres, new questions
Specific ThemeStudy of the figure of the writer-journalist in Europe during the interwar period
Project #2
Project TypeNational
Project TitleUna guerra de civil de palabras: el impacto cultural de la Gran Guerra en España y Europa (1914-2014)
Specific ThemeUlcutral impact of WWI in Catalonia, Spain and Europe
Project websitehttp://www.udg.edu/guerracivilparaules2014

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Participation in Projects&Networks (2010-2014)

  • Main researcher of the Research Project The impact of the European civil war on the journalist-writer (1914-1945): new jobs, new genres, new questions, FFI2012-35868, from the MINECO, Madrid, Spain, 2013-2015.

  • Main researcher of the Research Project Una guerra de civil de palabras: el impacto cultural de la Gran Guerra en España y Europa (1914-2014) (Ref. FCT-13-7938), Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT), Spanish Government.

  • Member of the network “Historical Memory in Iberian Literatures” (Basque Country University, Stanford University, Philipps Universitäat Marburg, Girona University, Valencia University, Catholic Univeristy of Portugal, Santiago de Compostela University) have formed a working group on Historical memories and Iberian literatures. Its aim is to promote the meeting and discussion about the historical memory of the Spanish civil war in the Iberian area different literatures, approaching in a common methodological way to known concepts in the historical / sociological context for the study of literary works (place of memory, collective memory, historical memory ...), ultimately concepts widely used in the current humanities research (http://www.ehu.es/en/web/mhli/home)

  • Member of the network The Novelized Memory. Its a research project being carried out by a group of scholars in the department of Spanish at Aarhus University. The project aims to investigate how the Spanish novel of memory has contributed to the general debate on historic memory and to the construction of cultural identity in Spain. At the same time, it aims to analyze how these works employ new narrative forms to address the subject of the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent dictatorship from current aesthetic and ethical perspectives. The project has received funding from the Danish Council for Independent Research, the Humanities (FKK), for the period 2011-2013 (http://memorianovelada.au.dk/es/red-internacional-de-investigacion)

  • Member of the “War and Memory research group: cultural cross-currents in contemporary Europe” (Framework Programme 7, SHS 2007-2013), led by professor Peter Tame from Queen’s University, Belfast (Application: Autumn 2008)

  • Member of Heterologies of the Everyday Research Circle, which is part of the Nordic Summer University network. This circle aims to address what is most relevant and unavoidably present for every human being: everyday existence. We analyse the experience of the everyday in its developments from the post-WWII period to the present era. This is an interdisciplinary project that works at the intersection of cultural studies, philosophy, literary criticism, art criticism, film studies, urban studies, anthropology, and human geography. Led by professor Epp Annus (Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures & Department of Philosophy, Ohio State University, USA). European network: Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts Tartu, Estonia, University of Helsinki, University of Sussex, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

  • Main researcher of the Research Project FFI2009-11260 The birth of the journalist-writer in Catalonia (1909-1936). Historical analysis, critical compilation and popularization of a new literary genre from the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia 2010-2012.

  • Main publications:

  • Producción de presencia y representaciones de la vida cotidiana en El carrer Estret de Josep Pla”, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, (Department of Spanish and Portuguese Modern Languages), The University of Arizona (under review, expected publication Fall 2014).

  • Xavier Pla, La guerra como problema literario. Las mil y una voces de Eugenio DOrs, in Ínsula: revista de letras y ciencias humanas, ISSN 0020-4536, Nº 804, 2013 (Número monográfico dedicado a: Las palabras de la guerra, la guerra de las palabras (1914-1918)), págs. 11-14.

  • Xavier Pla, Leaving the City on Foot: Four Observations on Walking, Thinking and Writing in Contemporary Catalan Culture, in Joan Ramon Resina & William Wiestenz (eds.) The New Ruralism: an epistemology of transformed space. Frankfurt (DEU): Iberoamericana /Vervuert, 2012, pp. 125-138. http://www.ibero-americana.net/cgibin/infodetail.cgi?doknr=521656&lang=de&txt=autor

  • Xavier Pla, La inquebrantable fidelidad a lo real. Novela y guerra en Cataluña, María José Olaziregi (ed.), Literaturas ibéricas y memoria histórica. Donosti (ESP): Eusko Ikaskuntza (Sociedad de Estudios Vascos), 2011.

  • Xavier Pla, Memoria y violencia en la novela El mar de Blai Bonet, in Romance Notes (Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), n. 51 (2011), pp. 25-33.

  • Xavier Pla (ed.), «Eugenio dOrs, narrador intelectualista» in Eugenio d’Ors, Historias lúcidas, Fundación Banco de Santander - Colección Obra Fundamental, 2011.

  • Xavier Pla, Joan Sales, una traducció i una novel•la sense punt final, in Quaderns: revista de traducció, 2011/1/1, n. 18, pp. 9-19.

  • Xavier Pla (ed.), Jorge Semprún o las espirales de la memoria. Kassel: Edition Reichenberger, 2010, 220 pp. (Problemata Literaria 70) ISBN: 978-3-937734-82-8 http://www.reichenberger.de/Pages/plit70.html.

  • Xavier Pla (ed.), Claudio Magris, els llocs de l’escriptura, Barcelona, Edicions de 1984, 2008. ISBN: 9788442400479966.

  • Xavier Pla, Simenon i la connexió catalana, València, Editorial Tres i Quatre, 2007, 271 pp. ISBN: 978-84-7502-776-0. Premi Octubre Joan Fuster d’Assaig.

  • International Seminars&Conferences organised (Coordinator)

  • A civil war of words: the cultural impact of the Great War in Catalonia, Spain and Europe (September 2014: http://www.udg.edu/guerracivilparaules2014)

  • El món d’ahir de Joan Estelrich. Dietaris, cultura i acció política (April 2014)

  • II Seminar Iberian Literatures & Historical Memory (June 2013)

  • Coses vistes, coses llegides. L’edat d’or del periodisme literari a Catalunya, Espanya i Europa, (September 2011)

  • Maurras a Catalunya. Elements per a un debat (March 2010)

  • Claudio Magris, els llocs de l’escriptura (November 2006)

  • Grants&Awards

  • Fellowship for Research on WWI and Contemporary Catalan Culture, awarded by the Institution of Catalan Humanities (2013). 01/01/2013 - 31/12/2013

  • Winner of the Octavi Pellissa Award for the biographical project Josep Pla. An ideal of free life. Since 1997, publisher Grup 62 (Barcelona) has awarded the Octavi Pellissa Prize, which distinguishes an international literary or essay project in the humanities field. Award obtained through the project Cataloging and Digitization of documents of Josep Pla Ref. ASING2010-B, 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2011.

  • General curator, with Francesc Montero, of the main exhibiton In the shadow of Josep Pla: Five journalist-writers at the Spanish Republic time (2011-2012), outcome of the research project Five journalist-writers at the Spanish Republic time: Memory and presence, developed by me and F. Montero and funded by UdG-Diputació de Girona, 2010.
  • Joan Fuster October Essay Award for 2006, for Simenon i la connexió catalana (2007).

  • General curator for the exhibition Catalan culture, singular and universal at the Frankfurt International Book Fair (October 2007).

  • Grant for Research into Contemporary Catalan Literature awarded by the Institution of Catalan Humanities for the research project entitled Incerta Glòria by Joan Sales. Publication, textual history and critical reception of a work in movement (2005).

  • Award obtained for the Promotion of University Research in the category of Young Researcher, given by the department of Universities, Research and Technology of the Catalan government (2001-2005).

  • Research Stays Abroad (last 10 years)

  • Visiting Professor at the Department of Romance Languages- University of Chicago, Fall Quarter 2013. Research project: Everyday life in the rear during the Spanish Civil War

  • Visiting Professor Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona (Brown University, University of Chicago; Northwestern University, Stanford University; Columbia University; Duke University; Cornell University; Harvard University; Princeton University), Spring 2010.

  • Visiting Professor in Catalan Studies at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese-Stanford University (CA, USA), Spring Quarter 2008.

  • Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris (France), January 2006.

  • Personal webpages

  • http://www.udg.edu/personal/tabid/8656/Default.aspx?ID=52214

  • https://girona.academia.edu/XAVIERPLA

  • http://www.udg.edu/instituts/LlenguaiCulturaCatalanes/Presentacio/Literaturacontemporania/tabid/11923/language/ca-ES/Default.aspx

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