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The University Venue in Alicante presents the programme of activities for the 2008-2009 academic year, a full and balanced schedule, characterized by dynamism and interdisciplinarity and which mirrors the social reality of the city. Among this year’s key new activities we can mention the cycles dedicated to: the Spanish Civil War, travel literature, the great lyrical and poetical novel, and to the literature of the past two centuries. The programme also includes a number of sessions dedicated to the Gypsy realities and to their filmic representation, a cycle on the American presidential elections or on diversity, Diversos y Posibles, which will bring up topics such as migration, black feminisms, intersexual, trans-sexual and homosexual reality, or sign language.

As accustomed, the mornings will centre on lectures, awareness-raising activities and meetings between the University and high schools, and the weekends will provide activities centered on the family and its younger members.

An ambitious programme

According to Josefina Bueno, Vice-president of Extracurricular Activities, ‘we are aware that we are dealing with a pretty extensive and ambitious offer of activities, which involves both the academia and the civil society. We believe that it reflects very well the academic spirit and the creative component, both of which define the University Venue in Alicante’.

The programme is the end result of the work done by the team supervised by Professor Emilio Soler who, due to subsequent personal problems, had to give up his position. At the same time, the programme has become a reality thanks to the dedication of the teaching, administrative and technical-support staff working at the University Venue in Alicante.

This year, the organizing team has decided to maintain those activities which for so many years have represented the distinctive mark of the institution: the day of the Constitution, the homage to Miguel Hernandez, the Maisonnave prizes…, as well as many others, whose previous popularity and dynamic structure have turned them into a constant presence in the programme.

Catalina Iliescu, academic coordinator of the institution, states that the team will follow the same governing lines as before, namely ‘a multifaceted approach, meant for the cultural enrichment of all our students; on the one hand, we believe we need to encourage a sensitive attitude towards the social issues characterizing our city’s landscape at the moment. On the other hand, we will continue being the focal point for a variety of activities, which range between providing academic support and creating moments of relaxation, between action and reflection, learning and debating, etc.

Thematic sections

The book containing this year’s programme of activities is divided into seven major sections:

1). ARTS
6). COURSES AND WORKSHOPS (organized by the permanent collaborators of the institution in question)

1). ARTS

Cinema, graphic arts, music…: the first section contains different film cycles, both new initiatives (the Eric Rohmer cycle, the cycle of films dedicated to the American presidential elections, or to the Muslims living in Europe), and the traditional ones (the cycles dedicated to Christmas, to psychoanalysis, to human rights, or to Ciudad de la Luz). There are also numerous exhibitions dedicated to graphic arts, including humanitarian photography, black and white photography, reports on the environment or on ‘invisible’ social groups, as well as on the antipersonnel mines in Western Sahara.

Music is the third focal point of this section, with the traditional cycles on Christmas and at Easter, and ancient music, along with the new cycles, such as the lyrical gala or an immersion into Egyptian music and dance.


The second section is dedicated to the series of conferences which will take place throughout the academic year, as well as to shorter seminars and different symposiums centered on specific topics.

The diversity of topics dealt with during these activities is meant to satisfy the expectations and interests of a broad audience. In other words, the cycle of conferences will analyse a variety of issues, among which:

*Society, in activities such as:

- Alicante, mapa y contexto;
- Diversos y posibles;
- Realidades gitanas.

*Law and rights:

- Violencia de género: situación y perspective;
- Cuba: sociedad y derecho;
- España constitucional.

*Environmental issues:
- Alicante, escenario del cambio climático;
- Impacto ambiental (second edition);
- Crisis energética y pobreza (organized by CGT – Confederación General de Trabajo)

*Analysing history:

- Historia de la España plural;
- Mujeres en el antiguo régimen.

The cycle of Selected Anniversaries includes two events this year, namely the end of the Spanish Civil War, celebrated in two cycles:

- Alicante, territorio final de la Guerra civil and
- Guerra civil: historia y reflexiones 70 años después

and the Spanish War of Indepedence with

- Política y vida cotidiana en tiempo de guerra (1808-1814).

Writing and literature are also well represented, both in Catalan, with the cycles

- Escriure el Pais
- Diálegs a tres,

for example, and in Spanish, with monographic cycles such as

- Literatura de viajes;
- Novela lírica-novela poemática del modernismo español;
- Novelas maestras del siglo XIX y XX; Novelistas alicantinos contemporáneos.

As for courses and seminars, given the big number of participants in past editions, this year’s programme includes the most popular ones in previous editions:

- Formación para técnicos sociales en inmigración;
- Seminario permanente de la inmigración (VIII);
- Mujeres tras las imágenes (III);
- Seminario permanente de patrimonio urbano y territorial de Alicante(VII);
- Lenguas modernas especializadas para profesionales (II).


The third section focuses on observatory activity and debate classes. This year sees the continuation of the activities organized by Aula de Formación y Debate Feminista, as part of the Permanent Immigration Observatory (Observatorio Permanente de la Inmigración), as well as by the Observatory for disabled people - Observatorio de la Discapacidad (for a cycle on equality) and by the Permanent University with its generous offer of both academic and extracurricular activities.

*The new activities that the Observatory proposes for this year provide a broader view on some central topics, as well as a more specific approach to the graphic component of books, all this in the cycles of conferences

- Fotografía: documento y art,
- Archivos fotográficos en la red,
- Conoce tu ciudad, conoce tu archivo.

* This year there will also be a Culture Observatory, which brings together key personalities from the province of Alicante connected to or directly involved in the cultural trends and activities of the city, and which makes its debut with two very tempting topics, the cycle

- Abrir los muros del aula al patrimonio cultural and the seminar
- Situación de la creación cultural en Alicante.

* Those topics that have triggered a positive audience-response in previous years are also present, so some activities are at their second edition. Such is the case for

- Mundos y formas del flamenco,
- Qué imagen da la iglesia and
- El legado arqueológico del Egipto faraónico.


In this category we find a variety of activities which have become extremely popular among the audience, for example the reading of the Constitution, the Maisonnave Prize, International Women’s Day or the homage paid to Miguel Hernández. The list of special dates also includes November 23 – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and a new meeting with the fathers of the ‘Democracy Archive’ (Archivo de la Democracia).


This section includes all recreational and educational activities directed at the younger audience. As on previous editions, there will be workshops, film projections and sessions centred on children.

6). COURSES AND WORKSHOPS (organized by the permanent collaborators)

The University Venue in Alicante coagulates the energies of the entire city, from the academia to the society at large. This is why, ever since its beginnings, its activities include the projects of its permanent collaborators: associations, teaching centres, etc, such as Artegalia Radio, the association of former students of the UA Permanent Univeristy, ARIPI, DECIDE-T, the Centre for Oriental Studies (with a cycle on Japan, following last year’s successful cycle on China, as well as the customary courses and workshops related to oriental cultures), Consell de la Juventut, with its Sede Joven project, the Saharan Association in Alicante, the Secretariat for Culture ( the UA Office of the Vice-President for Extracurricular Activities) or the UA International Relations Office.

Yet another new project is represented this year by the series of courses taught by the Alicante Chamber of Commerce (Cámara de Comercio de Alicante).


This section includes counseling sessions for non-profit organizations, as well as book crossing.

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