Joan Roura Parella

Joan Roura Parella (Tortellà, 1897 - Middletown, Connecticut, USA, 1983) taught at the Escuela Normal de la Generalitat de Catalunya (1933-1939) and at the Pedagogy section of the University of Barcelona, where he directed a seminar on aesthetic education. Like so many other Catalan intellectuals, in January 1939 he had to go into exile. Until 1945 he was a lecturer at the Autonomous University of Mexico and collaborated actively with Catalan exile circles in that country. In 1946 he moved to the Romance Language Department of Wesleyan University (Connecticut), where he taught until his death. His humanist reflections on “culturalist pedagogy” and the profession of teaching are highly topical and of great interest today.

 

Call for abstracts

The Ferrater Mora Chair organises an annual symposium on the work and figure of an outstanding (if not always well-known) thinker or intellectual in modern Catalan history. So far we have covered the following personalities: Josep Ferrater Mora, Eusebi Colomer, Ramon Turró, Joaquim Xirau, Eduard Nicol, Eugeni d’Ors, Joan Maragall, Francesc Pujols, Salvador Dalí, Josep María Corredor, Joan Crexells, Francesc Mirabent, Raimon Panikkar, Francesc Xavier Llorens i Barba, Jaume Balmes, Josep Maria Capdevila, María Aurèlia Capmany, Frederica Montseny, Pere Coromines and José María Valverde. For some years now, the symposia dedicated to Catalan thinkers have been called “Trias Symposia” in recognition of the patronage of Galetas Trias.

As a result of these symposia, the collection Noms de la Filosofía Catalana (Names of Catalan Philosophy) has emerged. The latest volume is Pere Coromines. El gran polifacètic (Documenta Universitaria, 2021). Soon we will also bring out a book dedicated to José María Valverde.

The Ferrater Mora Chair will focus this year’s Trias Symposium on the work and figure of JOAN ROURA PARELLA (Tortellà, 1897 - Middletown, Connecticut, USA, 1983), commemorating the 125th anniversary of his birth. Roura-Parella taught at the Escuela Normal de la Generalitat de Catalunya (1933-1939) and at the Pedagogy section of the University of Barcelona, where he directed a seminar on aesthetic education. Like so many other Catalan intellectuals, in January 1939 he had to go into exile. Until 1945 he was a lecturer at the Autonomous University of Mexico and collaborated actively with Catalan exile circles in that country. In 1946 he moved to the Romance Language Department of Wesleyan University (Connecticut), where he taught until his death. His humanist reflections on “culturalist pedagogy” and the craft of teaching are highly topical and of great interest today.

The Symposium is organised jointly with the Democratic Memorial and will take place in Tortellà in December 2022 (dates to be determined).

With this message we are opening the call for abstracts for the Symposium. The deadline for submission is 31 August 2022. At the beginning of September the scientific committee of the symposium will inform those interested whether or not the proposal has been accepted. Length: 2 pages maximum. It must be sent to dir.cfm@udg.edu.

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