The colloquium “The Aesthetics of Youth in Modernist Spain” held at Yale University from November 4-6, 2016, brought together scholars and specialists to reconsider Spanish modernism in light of its representation and thematization of youth. In collaboration with the Edward H. & Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, the Whitney Humanities Center, the European Studies Council, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, SIMSF provided a forum where participants presented research about how broadly modernist tropes of youth and age, novelty and decadence, tradition and regeneration informed the cultural context of early twentieth-century Spain. Co-organized by Nicolás Fernández-Medina and Leslie Harkema, the colloquium included a reception at the Whitney Humanities Center and an object session and reception at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
The participants at the Whitney Humanities Center:
Presenters included Christopher Soufas, Juan Herrero-Senés, Alberto Medina, Susan Larson, Nil Santiáñez, Leslie Harkema, and Nicolás Fernández-Medina.
Object session at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The session was facilitated by Kevin Repp, Curator of Modern European Books and Manuscripts:
Display of texts and materials:
Leslie Harkema delivering the opening address at the Whitney Humanities Center:
Juan Herrero-Senés during his lecture “The Awaited Kingdom: Youth and the Spanish Avant-garde Novel” at the Whitney Humanities Center:
Christopher Soufas during his lecture “Talkin’ ’bout my generation’: ‘Raw Willful Youth’ as the Foundation Stone of Spanish Early Contemporary Literary History and Theory” at the Whitney Humanities Center: