The “Diversity in the Hispanic World” course aims to present key aspects of the growing diversity of Hispanic culture. Since the Renaissance, it has played a key role in the making of the modern world. The course covers topics that speak of its diversity like: what conforms the Hispanic culture and why it is important historically, the role played by royal women in the patronage of the arts to conform one of the most important art collections in the world, the expressions of queerness in Hispanic literature throughout history, the current influence of music in Spanish due to artists like Bad Bunny and Rosalía or the most common historical misconceptions that circulate due to myths. The result will be a better understanding of the aspects that have contributed to making Hispanic culture a world phenomenon.
5 sessions: 90 minutes each, via Zoom
Price: £85 (Diversity in the Hispanic World Course + Gift Instituto Cervantes eLibrary+Library valued £40)
Discounted price (Instituto Cervantes London’s students and British universities’ students): £75 (Diversity in the Hispanic World Course + Gift Instituto Cervantes eLibrary+Library valued £40)
A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.
Session 1 – 8 November 2023 – 7pm (GMT) – The Power of Diversity in the Hispanic World – Dr Emma Luisa Cahill Marrón
This class is an introduction to today’s growing diversity in Hispanic culture. What does it mean to be Hispanic in our current world? Is this growing diversity something new or part of this culture’s historical development? The answers to these and other questions will be outlined to show the power of a global culture that started in the Renaissance and that has deeply influenced the world since the fifteenth century due in great measure to its diversity.
Session 2 – 13 November 2023, 7 pm (GMT) – The Female Perspective. A Trailblazing Gender Project in the Prado Museum – Dr. Noelia García Pérez
This class is a presentation of The Female Perspective, a project focused on the women who greatly contribute with their art patronage to the development of the collections of the Prado Museum. Among all European museums, the Prado is probably the one in which women have played the most decisive role regarding its configuration, either as collectors and promoters or through key contributions to its foundation and existence.
Session 3 – 22 November 2023, 7 pm (GMT) – From Rosalía to Bad Bunny. The Growing Diversity in Hispanic Music – Dr. Emma Luisa Cahill Marrón
This class is an overview of literary expressions of queerness in the Spanish-speaking world in the Iberian Peninsula, moving to the New World up to the 21st century. While the term ‘homosexuality’ and ‘queer’ did not become markers to denote members of the LGBTQIA+ community until recent history, these words had their predecessors. This class outlines the different avenues Hispanic artists used to communicate the presence of queerness throughout geographical space and time.
Session 4 – 27 November 2023 , 7 pm (GMT) – Sex And Sexuality in the Hispanic World – Dr. Felipe Esteban Rojas
This class is an immersion in the worldwide success of music written in Spanish. Artists like Rosalía or Bad Bunny have become powerhouse names in mainstream music. They top the charts in many countries and sell out world tours. Why is everybody listening to music in Spanish? In this class we will delve into the use of Hispanic culture as a vehicle to influence the entertainment industry. This will shed some light into key reasons why this music has become a world phenomenon.
Session 5 – 4 December 2023, 7 pm (GMT) – Let us have a Bloody Mary and Talk about Hispanic Myths – Dr. Emma Luisa Cahill Marrón
This class examines some of the most common historical misconceptions about the Hispanic world in mainstream culture. From Bloody Mary to the Spanish flu, literature and propaganda written in English have often portrayed wrong images of Hispanic culture and its people. This has contributed to shaping some misconceptions about the Hispanic world that can be discarded as myths when compared to the historical facts.