About us

About us

The newsletter InTransit is a joint project started up among different private institutions of the Catalan language community. We hope that it will become a useful tool for foreign correspondents working in Spain, academics, members of the diplomatic corps and anyone interested in getting to know the Euro-mediterranean perspective on Spanish current events.


What led to the creation of InTransit was the realization that most foreign citizens living in Spain form their opinions almost exclusively from the media produced in Madrid. It is clear that the Catalan language barrier makes it difficult to reach this community, which is why we are convinced that tools such as this newsletter are necessary to bridge the existing gap.


InTransit is a monthly monographic publication that offers the English translation of opinion pieces that have appeared in the Catalan-speaking press (which could include Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, the Franja d’Aragó (Aragon strip), Andorra, Northern Catalonia and the city of Alghero) or in the Spanish press. These articles offer a different perspective on issues that tend to be addressed with a single voice in Madrid.


Director: Francesc Cano i Castells

Editor: Helena Masó ; (former InTransit editor issues 1-19: Margaret Luppino)

Editorial Board: Lluís Bou ; Francesc Canosa; Júlia Canosa i Serra; Guillem Carol; Joan Corbera; Marc Gafarot; Salvador Giménez; Carles Montaña; Mònica Sabata; Ferran Sáez; Marçal Sintes; Simona Škrabec; Joan Solé; Antoni Trobat; Jaume Urgell; Elena Yeste.

Advisory Council: Sam D. Abrams; Francesc-Marc Álvaro; Ferran Archilés; Enric R. Bartlett; Carles Boix; David Boronat; Enric Bou; Jordi Casassas; Santiago Castellà; Stefano Cingolani; Agustí Colomines; Joan Costa i Font; Manuel Cuyàs; Martí Domínguez; Josep Maria Duart; Pere Fullana; Jordi Galí; Jordi Graupera; Scott L. Greer; Montserrat Guibernau; Òscar Jané Checa; Edward Hugh; Heike van Lawick; Antoni Marimon; Maria do Carmo Marques-Pinto; Josep Martí Blanch; Andreu Mas-Colell; Pere Mayor; Mary Nash; Mary Ann Newman; Enric Olivé; Vicent Olmos; Clara Ponsatí Obiols; Sergi Pardos Prado;Paul Preston; August Rafanell; Pere Sampol; Miquel Serra; Enric Sòria; Karen Stöber; Víctor Terradellas; Matthew Tree; Vicenç Villatoro

Partners: FOCIR (Federació d’Organitzacions Catalanes Internacionalment Reconogudes); Catalan International View; Diari de Balears; Fundació Catalanista i Demòcrata (CatDem); Fundació Valencianista i Demòcrata Josep Lluís Blasco; Fundació Emili Darder; Mirmanda · revista cultural · Catalunya del Nord; Intocable Digital.cat; Fundació Nexe; Vilaweb; Càtedra Josep Termes


Helena Masó
c/ Casp 80, baixos 08010 Barcelona
tel. (+34) 93 215 58 48
mail info@it-intransit.eu


Seven communities, one language


The seven communities are made up of the autonomous communities of Catalonia, Valencia, and the Balearic Islands, in addition to the Franja d’Aragó (The Aragon strip), Andorra, Northern Catalonia (most of the French Département des Pyrénées Orientales) and the city of Alghero on the island of Sardinia (Italy).

Even though these seven communities belong to four different states, they are united by the Catalan language and culture.

Editorial Board


Francesc Cano i Castells (Director)

is a journalist, radio announcer and news editor, and in May 2012 he became the news director for Catalunya Ràdio. He graduated with a BA degree in Journalism from the Ramon Llull University, obtained a research Masters in Human, Social and Legal Sciences from the International University of Catalonia, and is obtaining his Doctorate in Communication. He has been the coordiator of the contents of Catalunya Cultura, where he presented, among others, the magazine Cultura de Nit. He is professor at the International University of Catalunya, a regular columnist with the newspaper El 9 Nou and director of the magazine Solc of the bishopdom of Solsona. director@it-intransit.eu Back



Margaret Luppino (former InTransit editor issues 1-19)

obtained her BA in Romance Languages and Literatures (with a major in French and Italian Literatures) from Mount Holyoke College, (Massachusetts, USA). As a student she worked part-time as a writing and speaking mentor for Mount Holyoke College’s Speaking Arguing and Writing Program, helping fellow students improve the communication of their ideas (in both English and French) in various disciplines. Following her studies, she has worked as a freelance translator (primarily Catalan to English, but also French, Italian and Spanish to English when necessary), an English teacher and a freelance writing consultant. While in Barcelona she has also collaborated with Linguapax, a non-governmental organization that works towards the preservation and promotion of the world’s linguistic diversity, as well as the Catalanist and Democrat Foundation – CatDem Foundation. Back



Lluís Bou

is a journalist for the newspaper Avui. He has been head of the Department of Catalan Politics, and is now in charge of reporting from the Catalan Parliament. He has also worked at Europa Press, covering municipal politics and the Olympic nomination of Barcelona. He has written entries on Catalan and Spanish politics for the Catalan Encyclopedia, and he is a frequent contributor to local press. One example is : El Singular Digital.catBack



Francesc Canosa Farran

is journalist. Phd. in Journalism Media and Degree in Journalism by Facultat de Comunicació Blanquerna (Universitat Ramon Llull), where he teaches. He is editor of the editorial Trípodos; screenwriter and director of media projects; columnist at El Singular Digital and literary critic at El País. For eighteen years he has worked as a reporter and screenwriter (TV3, Canal Satelite Digital, Canal 9, Tele 5, Antena 3) and the press (La Mañana; AVUI; EL Periódico). He wrote I love Barcelona; Sort per a tots; La Barcelona pecadora de Domènec de Bellmunt; República TV, in addition to various collective books and articles on the history of journalism, audiovisual communication and memory and identity in Catalonia. Back



Júlia Canosa i Serra

moved to Dublin to further her studies in theatre, and remained there for three years working for the theatre as a director and stage manager. Julia kept writing and studying a PG in Narrative Writing at the University of Barcelona, and a PG in Contemporary Aesthetics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She then moved to the north of England to do a Creative Writing MA, and is now in her first year of a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing with the University of Wales. Back



Guillem Carol

(Penedès, 1988) currently writes as a columnist for El 3 de vuit, Extra Comarcal and ElSingularDigital.cat. He is also the editor of Solc, Solsona diocese’s magazine. He has worked with the Foundation CatDem and he is a member of the Fundació Catalunya Oberta, Espai Hayek, Ateneu Barcelonès, Òmnium Cultural and the National Student Federation of Catalonia (FNEC). He also coordinates communication campaigns for institutions and political parties. He studied political science at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Blog: www.guillemcarol.cat Back



Joan Corbera

is chief editor at Europa Press news agency for Catalonia. He has a Ramon Llull University Journalism degree, a Law degree from the University of Navarra, and a degree in European Politics from the Foreign Office. He worked eight years at the economics newspaper Expansión, as well as at Onda Cero. He’s a Professor of Journalism at Ramon Llull University and Abat Oliba CEU University. He’s the author of 'Gaudí', which was awarded the best Year Book in Arts prize in 2004 by the Spanish Culture Department. Back



Marc Gafarot

is a journalist, consultant and political commentator. He has worked in London for Bloomberg LP, in Latin America and Europe for Summit Communications and served as Parliamentary Adviser at the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg. Currently he works for the Fundació CATmón as Head of International Relations. He has recently published a book on Flanders and Federalism in Belgium called "La mort de Bèlgica: La gradual i pacífica emancipació flamenca" (The death of Belgium: the gradual and peaceful Flemish emancipation) and co-authored “The Student's Guide to European Integration.” He holds a Degree in Humanities (Liberal Arts) from the Universitad de Navarra, a MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Liverpool and a Diploma in Sports journalism from the Universidad de Navarra. Back



Salvador Giménez

holds a BA in Journalism and a MA degree in Management of Political and Electoral Communication from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He has been press officer of the Valencian Nationalist BLOC and of the Parliamentary Group Grup Palamentari del Compromís in the Valencian Parliament. Currently he coordinates the Valencianist and Democrat Foundation (Fundació Valencianista i Demòcrata). He has been editor for the magazines El Temps, Saó and Silenci, and director of Crònica. Back



Carles Montaña

is a journalist. Since 2008 he has been the Press Manager to Jordi Vilajoana and the CiU Parliamentary Group in the Spanish Senate. From 2006 until 2008 he worked as coordinator for the Press and Communications Department of the Ministry of Industry. From 1998 until 2006 he worked in Madrid as a reporter for different Catalan media, such as Ona Catalana, Agència Catalana de Notícies and Dossier Empresarial. From 1993 until 1998, he worked as a reporter for the Diari de Tarragona, COPE radio, Avui and La Vanguardia. Back


Vicent Partal

is a journalist and the director of VilaWeb. He has worked with various news outlets such as El Temps, Diari de Barcelona, TVE or La Vanguardia. In 1995 he founded VilaWeb, the main electronic newspaper in Catalan. He is the recipient of several awards, including the City of Barcelona Award in Journalism, the National Award in Journalism and the Internet, and the Jaume I Award of Honor. He has published books on international politics, journalism and the Internet. He is Vice-President of the European Journalism Center, an organization that brings together journalists from across the European Union.


Mònica Sabata

is a psychologist. She worked for more than ten years at CIEMEN (the Escarré International Center for Ethnic Minorities and Nations), and has also been Director of Linguapax, a non-governmental organization that works towards the preservation and promotion of the world’s linguistic diversity. She is President of the FOCIR (Federation of Internationally Recognized Catalan Organizations). She regularly collaborates with various news media. Back



Ferran Sáez

is a writer, journalist and Tenured Professor of Communication Sciences at the URL (Ramon Llull University). He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona. He is the director of the Blanquerna Institut of Political Studies, and coordinates the Doctorate program in Politics, media and society (URL). He is a member of the political philosophy research group (Department of Practical and Theoretical Philosophy of the University of Barcelona) and professor within the international IN3 Doctorate program (Open University of Catalonia). He is a frequent contributor to the newspapers Avui and La Vanguardia, and with the magazine El Temps. He is director of the editorial collection Idees d’Assaig Breu (Short Essay Ideas), and for five years he was a member of the editorial board of the magazine dedicated to contemporary issues, Idees. Currently he is a part of the Advisory Committee of the magazine Transversal. Back



Marçal Sintes Olivella

was born in Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona, in 1967. His is director of the CCCB (Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona) since 2012 and director of the Journalism Department at Ramon Llull University (URL) in Barcelona. He graduated with a degree in journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He has a MBA from Esade Business School and is a journalist and professor of journalism at Blanquerna School of Communication Studies. He is currently an op-ed contributor to the Catalan newspaper Avui and the Catalan edition of El Mundo. He is a regular collaborator with Catalunya Radio (the Catalan public radio) and TV3 (the Catalan public television station). He wrote "Què pensa Ernest Lluch" (published by Dèria and Proa and translated into Spanish), an interview with Ernest Lluch, a former minister in Felipe González's government who was murdered by ETA. He is also coauthor of "Les mentides del PP" ("The Popular Party's Lies"), published by Editorial Afers, a meticulous X-ray of the Spanish conservative party. He has recently published "Periodistes contra polítics. La lluita pel poder enfronta governs i partits amb mitjans de comunicació." Barcelona: Columna, 2011, which won the 2010 Ramon Trias Fargas political essay award as well as the Recull award. Marçal Sintes's website Back



Simona Škrabec

(Ljubljana, 1968). Writer and translator. She focuses on the study of European literature of the XX century and the relationship between literary works and the formation of identity and memory of the past. She is the author of the books L’estirp de la solitud (2002) on the sense of tragedy in short narrative works of the XX century and L’atzar de la lluita (2005) on the concept of Central Europe. She coordinated with Arnau Pons Carrers de frontera (2008-2009), a comprehensive study on the relationship between German and Catalan cultures. She has translated books by Jesús Moncada, Jaume Cabré, Gabriel Ferrater and Maria Mercè Marçal into Slovenian, and into Catalan authors like Drago Jančar, Danilo Kiš, Boris Pahor o Aleš Debeljak, among others. She is the editor of the digital magazine Visat, published by the Catalan PEN, devoted to literary translation. Back


Joan Solé

is the founder and director of the online newspaper IntocableDigital.cat and frequent collaborator with the magazine La Torre de Barcelona. Personal blog: joansole.cat   Back


Antoni Trobat

is a representative of the Emili Darder Foundation. Back



Jaume Urgell

holds a BA and MBA from ESADE Business School, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School (as a "la Caixa" fellow), and an advanced degree in philosophy from the University of Barcelona. He has been Head of Institutional Relations at the Ministry for Universities, Research and the Information Society of the Government of Catalonia, Director of Human Resources for the Catalan Language Promotion Agency, and Director of Communications for the EuroScience Open Forum. Jaume has been actively involved in different social and civil rights initiatives in Barcelona and at Harvard. He has published articles on a variety of topics, including nonprofit management, language policy, multiculturalism, group representation, ethics, confidence-building measures, and the external projection of Catalonia. He is the author of a book on the philosophy of Marcel Proust. He directed a book on the foreign policy of Catalonia in 2003, and a document on this same topic in 2009 for the Fundació CatDem. Jaume is interested in (civil, human) rights, national minorities, identity, culture, and (international, human) security. Blog Back



Elena Yeste

holds a PhD in Politics, Media and Society by Ramon Llull University. She received a B.A. degree in Journalism and the Extraordinary Award for Academic Excellence from the Blanquerna School of Communication Studies. She obtained a Master in Communication Business Management from the Pompeu Fabra University and an Official Master in Historical Studies from the University of Barcelona. She is professor, researcher and coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Political and Social Communication at Blanquerna School of Communication Studies. She was the winner of the Josep Vallverdú Essay Prize in 2009 with the work “The Era of Hypermemory”, published by Pagès Editors. She is a frequent contributor to the Europa-Món (Europe-World) section of the newspaper Avui. Previously she had worked as a writer for the fourth season of the television program “Afers Exteriors” (Foreign Affairs) that is aired on the Catalan Television station (TV3). Back


Advisory Council


D. Sam Abrams

Poet (Calculations, 1997; Into Footnotes All Their Lust, 2002), critic and translator, he is currently professor of Contemporary Catalan Theory and Criticism at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). He is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages and cultural supplements of the newspapers Avui and El Mundo Catalunya. Back



Francesc-Marc Álvaro

has a degree in Information Sciences, is a writer, columnist and editorialist for the newspaper La Vanguardia, writes articles for the magazines El Temps and Serra d’Or, and is a professor at the Ramon Llull University. He has published the books Franco’s Assassins (2005); Politics without a Country (2005); Now is the moment! Jordi Pujol, Pujolism and the Successors (2003); Why don’t we get politics going? (1999); and What Pasqual Maragall Thinks (1998). He has received, among others, the Premi Nacional de Periodisme (National Prize for Journalism). He is currently researching about collective memory, the media and public opinion. Back



Ferran Archilés

is an Associate Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Valencia since 2002, and a frequent contributor to the supplement Posdata of the Levante-EMV newspaper. Back



Enric R. Bartlett

is Associate Professor and Dean of ESADE Law School. He received his doctorate in Law from the University of Barcelona, and focuses on Public Economic Law, human rights and social cohesion, and public management. He has been a local government secretary-controller since 1980. From 1980 to 1986, he practiced in the Town Hall of Monistrol de Montserrat (Barcelona). Between 1986 and 2004 he worked for the Ombudsman of Catalonia, as an Advisor (1986-1991), as General Secretary (1991-1993) and, finally, as Deputy Ombudsman (1993-2004). He is a member of the Scientific Section of the European Ombudsman Institute. In 2004 he joined ESADE, where he currently runs the Human Rights Seminars and lectures on the International Business Law programme (DIN). Back



Carles Boix

writes and teaches on comparative political economy and comparative politics. He is the author of Political Parties, Growth and Equality (Cambridge University Press, 1998), L'obertura catalana (Idees, 2002) and Democracy and Redistribution (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics (Oxford University Press, 2007). His current research projects include: the internal workings of dictatorships; the book The Birth of Party Democracy, which explores the political conditions that led to the emergence of various party systems and electoral institutions in advanced democracies in the 19th and 20th centuries; the application of agent-based models to understand the formation of states; and the use of osteological evidence to trace the sources and evolution of inequality over time. Before joining Princeton he taught at the University of Chicago. Ph.D. Harvard University. Back



David Boronat

is Director and co-founder of Multiplica. Expert in e-Marketing. He has been in the Internet business since 1994, when he developed the first version of the web page of ESADE business school, where he graduated in Business Administration and Management. He was invited to take part in the creation of IdeasForChange, a business consultancy specializing in the Internet which, at the time, experienced unparalleled recognition and growth, with clients as important as "la Caixa", Serviticket, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, the Open University of Catalonia, Forum 2004 or the Andorran Government. His latest venture began in late 1999 with the creation of Multiplica - an advanced consultancy company specializing in digital trade and eBusiness projects, where he aims to become the indisputable benchmark for conceptualizing and adding dynamism to business through the intelligent and profitable use of new technologies. Back



Enric Bou

is professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies at Brown University. His teaching and research interests cover a broad range of twentieth-century Spanish Peninsular and Catalan literature including poetry, autobiography, city and literature, and film. His publications include, Papers privats. Assaig sobre les formes literàries autobiogràfiques (1993), Pintura en el aire.  Arte y literatura en la modernidad hispánica (2001), two editions of letters by Pedro Salinas, Cartas de viaje (1996) and Cartas a Katherine Whitmore. (1932-1947) (2002). He was the editor of the Nou Diccionari 62 de la Literatura Catalana (2000) and has published a general anthology of visual poetry, La crisi de la paraula. La Poesia Visual: un discurs poètic alternatiu (2003). Back



Jordi Casassas

holds a Doctorate in Contemporary History from the University of Barcelona (1977). He is currently Professor of the subject at the same university. Head of the Lluís Companys Chair for Human Rights (University of Barcelona). Principal researcher in the Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cultura i dels Intel·lectuals and editor of the group's journal, Cercles. Revista d'Història Cultural. Joint editor of the Biblioteca dels Clàssics del Nacionalisme Català (Diputació de Barcelona - Ed. de la Magrana; 30 volumes, 1983-1994). General advisor to the work Història. Política. Societat i Cultura dels Països Catalans (Ed. Enciclopèdia Catalana; 12 volumes, 1993-2000). Member of the Advisory Committee of the Institut Cambó (Barcelona). Advisor to the History Collection of Editorial Ariel. Back



Santiago Castellà

is a Professor of Public International Law and International Relations at Rovira I Virgili Public University of Tarragona (Catalonia). He holds a PhD in International Studies and a MA in Security, Peace and Defense for the University Institute “General Gutierrez Mellado”, a degree in law from the Barcelona University and a degree in Political Sciences from the UNED. His principal fields of investigation are human rights, the international protection of minorities, immigration and religious pluralism and also the exterior action of Catalonia. He has been a Director of the post-degree in Global Immigration Management, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the URV and Vice-rector of exterior relations of this university. Project manager of the Government of Catalonia Foreign Affairs Strategy. Member of the Jurists' Spanish-Moroccan Forum, and the experts' Committee of the Observatory of the Catalan language. Back



Stefano Cingolani

is an Italian medieval historian, and holds a Doctorate in Romance Philology from the University of La Sapienza in Rome. In Catalonia he has been a visiting professor at the University of Barcelona and the Pompeu Fabra University. Among other topics, he specializes in Catalan literature and Catalan historiography of the X and XIV centuries. In 2006 he published a criticism edition of Lo somni by Bernat Metge (Editorial Barcino). Back



Agustí Colomines

is a tenured professor of Contemporary History at the University of Barcelona. A specialist in historiography and history of nationalism, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom) and is also a member of the CEHI (Centre of International Historical Studies) at the University of Barcelona, and of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) at the London School of Economics. He was a former dean of the Department of Arts and Humanities at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), and head of UNESCO office in Catalonia. He writes a bi-weekly column in the newspaper Avui and also works with Catalunya Ràdio, ComRàdio, Onda Rambla and the current affairs magazine El Temps. From December 2007 to March 2013 he was the director of the Fundació Catalanista i Demòcrata (CatDem) (Catalanist and Democrat Foundation - CatDem). Back



Joan Costa i Font

earned two undergraduate and research degrees, in economics (1996) and law (1997), both from Universitat de Barcelona, a master's degree in economic analysis from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 1998 . In 2000 he moved to LSE where he completed an MSc (Econ) in international health policy (specializing in health economics and public economics). After completing a PhD in economics, in 2001 he earned a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship based at LSE until 2003. He then moved back to Barcelona, where he joined the faculty of economics to teach microeconomics and health economics as a tenured lecturer (equivalent to associate professor in the US). During his time at the University of Barcelona, he set up the Centre for Economic Analysis and Social Policies, completed a third degree in political science and carried out research and consultancy for the World Bank and the European Commission. He joined the LSE faculty in 2007, initially as a lecturer and senior research fellow, and later as senior lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and the European Institute. Back



Manuel Cuyàs

is a Catalan journalist. He received his Bachelors Degree in Art History from the University of Barcelona, and has been the director of the Patronat Municipal de Cultura de Mataró, director of the programs of the Barcelona '92 Cultural Olympiad and cultural director of the Vila Olímpica of Poblenou. He was the cofounder of the weekly El Maresme (1977-82) and of the magazine Mataróescrit (1986-94). He began collaborating with Punt Diari in 1987 as a writer of opinion pieces. When El Punt del Maresme appeared (February 2nd 1995) he became its editorial director and a few months later he became its director. In 2001 he became the new director of the Catalunya edition of El Punt. He has published "Mataró, una ciutat", "Mataró sota teulada", "Taques al marge" and "Mataró, suau i aspre," and has collaborated with Jordi Pujol on the writing of his memoirs. Back



Martí Domínguez

is a biologist, writer and journalist. Ph.D. in Biology, and Journalism professor at the University of València, he has combined investigation and teaching with journalism and literature. Domínguez writes for the magazine El Temps with weekly articles about science and literature, and in the newspapers El País and La Vanguardia. Some of his articles have been compiled in Peiximinuti (1993) and Bestiari (2000). As a novelist, he wrote a trilogy about the French Enlightenment with the titles Les confidències del Comte de Buffon (1997), which was awarded the "Crexells", the "Andròmina" and the "Crítica de la Universitat de València"; El secret de Goethe (1999), which received the "Prudenci Bertana" and the "Crítica de la Universitat de València"; and El retorn de Voltaire (2007), which received the "Josep Pla". In 2007 he received the "Premi Nacional de Cultura de Periodisme de la Generalitat de Catalunya" for his role as a chief editor of the scientific magazine Mètode. He is a member of the Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana. Back



Josep Maria Duart

is the current Vice Rector of Postgraduate and Continuing Studies at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), and the Director of the International Institute of Postgraduate Studies. He hold a Ph. D. in Educational Sciences (Ramon Llull University) and Master in Business Administration (MBA - ESADE Business School), and is a graduate in Mediaeval History. In addition to being a Professor at the University of Barcelona, he has taught in several levels of the educational system and at the university, especially in the field of school organization and education in values, and he is currently a teacher on the UOC e-learning Master and on the PhD Programme on the Information Society, e-learning field, at the UOC. He has been director and advisor/consultant for both centers and a teacher trainer. He also participates with articles in a number of specialist publications and gives lectures and courses in Spanish and Latin American universities. Back



Pere Fullana

is the Insular Manager of Institutional Relations for the Department of the Presidency of the Consell de Mallorca, as well as an Associate Professor of Contemporary History in the Department of Education Sciences of the University of the Balearic Islands. Back



Jordi Galí

(born January 4, 1961, Barcelona, Spain) is a Spanish macroeconomist who is regarded as one of the main figures in New Keynesian macroeconomics today. He is currently the director of the Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional (CREI, the Center for Research in International Economics) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. After obtaining his doctorate from MIT in 1989 under the supervision of Olivier Blanchard, he held faculty positions at Columbia University and New York University before moving to Barcelona. Galí was mentioned as a potential recipient of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Back



Jordi Graupera

is a journalist. After graduating with a BA in Philosophy from the Ramon Llull University, he has contributed to various media since 1999: El Mundo, Catalunya Ràdio, Ràdio 4, Cadena Ser, Rac-1, Com Ràdio as well as online magazines and newsletters. In 2002 and 2003 he was a foreign correspondent for the newspaper Avui and the radio station Com Ràdio in Lisbon. From 2001 to 2004 he co-directed the production company 4 duros, dedicated to the organization of small scale poetry, music and theater recitals. He is a columnist for the newspaper Avui and elsingulardigital.cat. Jordi Graupera's webiste. Back



Scott L. Greer

is Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Senior Research Fellow at LSE Health, London School of Economics. Author or editor of six books, his work focuses on European Union health policy; devolution and health policymaking in the United Kingdom; and the territorial politics of health. He currently leads the LSE team evaluating partially elected health boards and alternative models of public participation in Scotland. His most recent books are The Politics of European Union Health Policies and the edited Devolution and Social Citizenship in the United Kingdom. His work has been published in journals including the British Medical Journal, European Union Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Policy and Politics, Public Policy and Administration, Regional and Federal Studies, sand Social Policy and Administration.Scott L. Greer's website. Back



Montserrat Guibernau

is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary College, University of London. She holds a PhD and an MA in Social and Political Theory from the University of Cambridge and a degree in Philosophy from the Universitat de Barcelona. She has taught at the universities of Warwick, Cambridge, Barcelona, the London School of Economics and the Open University. Guibernau has held visiting professorships at the universities of Edinburgh, Tampere, Pompeu Fabra, the UQAM (Quebec) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Currently she holds a visiting fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics. Montserrat Guibernau is the author of numerous books and articles on nationalism, the nation-state, national identity, and national and ethnic minorities in the West from the perspective of global governance.) Back



Edward Hugh

is a Barcelona based economist of British extraction. Edward is a macro economist, who specializes in growth and productivity theory, demographic processes and their impact on macro performance, and the underlying dynamics of migration flows. He is currently engaged in research into the impact of aging, longevity, fertility and migration on economic growth. Edward follows in detail the Indian, Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese economies. He also has a more than a passing interest in the economies of Turkey and Brazil and in the emerging economies of Eastern Europe. He is working on a book which has the working title: Population, The Ultimate Non-renewable Resource? He is a regular contributor to a number of economics weblogs, including India Economy Blog, A Fistful of Euros, Global Economy Matters and Demography Matters. He was, in fact, a founding member of all these weblogs. Back



Òscar Jané Checa

holds a Doctorate in Modern History and is a researcher at the University of Barcelona. Back



Heike van Lawick

was born in Darmstadt (Germany) and, since 1976, lives in Valencia. From 1989 to 1992 she was linguistic adviser for Canal 9, the Valencian television station. She received her Doctorate from the Universitat Jaume I in Castelló de la Plana, she now teaches translation (German-Catalan) in the same University since the year 2000. She has translated narrative, essay, theater and poetry, in addition to texts for dubbing and art catalogues. She has also collaborated on opinion columns, reviews and interviews in El Temps and Caràcters. Regarding research, she has published various articles on issues of literary translation, methodology of corpus and phraseology, in specialized publications, as well as the books Metàfora, fraseologia i traducció: Aplicació als somatismes en una obra de Bertolt Brecht (Aachen, 2006) and Manual de traducció alemany-català (Vic:Eumo, 2009). Back



Antoni Marimon

is a historian, and obtained his BA in History from the University of the Balearic Islands in 1988. He received his doctorate from the same University, and from 1988 to 1996 he was editor of the Gran Enciclopèdia de Mallorca (the Encyclopedia of Mallorca), where he contributed numerous articles related to the political and social life of Mallorca in the contemporary period. Since 1996 he has been professor of Contemporary History at the University of the Balearic Islands, and since 2002 he has been a tenured university professor. In 1999 he was nominated secretary of the Department of History and Art Theory, a position he carried out until 2008. His research has focused on the periods of the Restoration, Transition and Autonomy, as well as he history of the Americas and Francoism. Back



Maria do Carmo Marques-Pinto

Born in Lisbon, she graduated with a Law degree and obtained a European Union Masters degree in Law from the College of Europe (Bruges). She was a legal advisor to the Secretary General of the Council of the European Union (1987-1997); a member of the Barcelona Bar Association; she a Professor of Community Law at the Pompeu Fabra University (1997-2004); Secretary General of the Catalonia-Portugal Foundation, General Director of International Relations of the Catalan Government; Secretary General of the Patronat Catalunya-Món; advisor to the Prime Minister of Bulgaria for European Affairs. Back



Josep Martí Blanch

has been working for fifteen years in the field of journalism and public relations. In 2011 he became the Secretary of Communication for the Catalan Government. He has extensive knowledge of the particularities of the Spanish news market, as well as experience in media campaigns in many sectors: government, political parties, services, etc. Currently he teaches corporate communication at the Ramon Llull University, is a columnist for the Catalan newspaper Avui and the online news site www.elsingulardigital.cat Back



Andreu Mas-Colell

is a Professor of Economics (Catedrático) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain and Chairman of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. In 2011 he became the Minister of the Catalan Economy, Universities and Innovation. Formerly he was Professor of Economics at Harvard University (1981-96) and Professor of Economics and Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley (1972-80). Professor Mas-Colell is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and was its President in 1993. In 1997 he was elected Foreign Associate to the US National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association. From 1999 to 2005 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association. In the year 2006 he served as President of the European Economic Association. From 2000 to 2003 he was Minister for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia and President of the Advisory Scientific Committee of Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo (2005-2008). He has been designated General Secretary of the European Research Council from July 2009 to 2011. Back



Pere Mayor

has been connected to nationalism from a young age. He lead the nationalist parites (UPV and BLOC) from the end of 1989 up until 2003. He graduated with a BA degree in Geography and History from the Universitat de València. He was a representative in the Valencian Parliament from 1987 to 1991, and deputy mayor for the town of Ontinyent (1991-1995). Currently he has dedicated his time to the business sector. He is a regular contributor to the Valencian edition of the newspaper El Mundo, and his opinion pieces are also published on his blog. Back



Mary Nash

is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Barcelona. Born in Newcastle-West, Limerick, she arrived in Barcelona in 1968 and since then has devoted her life to the study of women’s political experience in times of war and in times of peace in Catalonia and in Spain. She is one of the pioneering and essential figures in women’s historiography, not only in Spain, but internationally. Her groundbreaking approach to women’s history has become a model followed by scholars worldwide. In 2008, she was awarded the President Macià Medal for Work by the Generalitat of Catalonia in recognition of her defense of equal rights for men and women through her writing and research and her efforts in promoting the role of women as mediators in peace processes. Back



Mary Ann Newman

is a translator, editor, and occasional writer on Catalan culture. In addition to Quim Monzó, she has translated Xavier Rubert de Ventós, Joan Maragall, Josep Carner and Narcis Comadira, among others. She was also the former Director of the Catalan Center at New York University up until the Center closed in the Spring of 2011. Back



Vicent S. Olmos

holds a BA degree in Modern History, but is best known for being the head of the Afters magazines. Fulls de recerca i pensament, a pioneer in Valencian historiography on the Middle Ages, and the more recent El Contemporani, focused on reflecting about the present. Olmos is the author of books such as Els fonaments de l’Horta-Albufera contemporània (1982) o, in collaboration with Antoni Quiles, Administradors i administrats: introducció a l’economia i a la societat de la Catarroja del Sis-cents (1652-1658) (1987). Most recently he has prepared, together with Agustí Colomines, the introductory edition and study of the work Les raons del passat. Tendències historiogràfiques actuals (1998). Back



Enric Olivé

is a Tenured Professor of Contemporary History at the Rovira i Virgili University. He is Director of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean and Director of the Euro Mediterranean Observatory of Intercultural Dialogue and Human Rights. He also directs the European Master’s Degree in Mediterranean Cultural Studies. At the URV he focuses on International Conflict Management. He is the president of the academic committee of the University Forum of the Mediterranean (Tarragona, 2005. Malta, 2006) and Executive Secretary of the Euromed Permanent University Forum (EPUF). Back



Clara Ponsatí Obiols

Research Professor and Director of the Institut d’Anàlisi Econòmica – C.S.I.C., she specializes in Game Theory, Models of Bargaining and Conflict Resolution. She joined the IAE (Institute of Economic Analysis) in 2001. Prior to joining the IAE she was associate professor at the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona). Clara Ponsatí's website. Back



Sergi Pardos Prado

is a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He obtained a PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. Before that, he was awarded a Master of Research in Political Science at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and a BA in Journalism at the same university. His main research interests involve voting behaviour and public opinion. More specifically, he has been working on models of issue voting, explanatory factors of electoral turnout, patterns and causes of xenophobia in Europe, patterns of media consumption, subjective perceptions of macro-economic conditions, and attitudes towards the European Union among others. Sergi Pardos's page at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Back



Paul Preston

(born 1946 in Liverpool) is a British historian and Hispanist, specialized in Spanish history, in particular the Spanish Civil War, which he has studied for more than 30 years. He is currently based at the London School of Economics, but is a frequent visitor to Spain, where his work appears in Spanish. He speaks Spanish and Catalan fluently, and has received Catalonia’s Ramon Llull International Prize (2005) for supporting the return of the Salamanca Papers. He has produced an authoritative biography of Franco (Basic Books, 1994), a biography of King Juan Carlos I (2003) and more recently books on the subject of foreign correspondents who reported on the Spanish Civil War and Franco's control of his generals. Back



August Rafanell

holds a PhD in Catalan Philology and is a professor at the University of Girona. He has written numerous books on Catalan and Occitan, including La il.lusió occitana (2 volumes, Quaderns Crema Assaig, 2006), where he analyzes the existing linguistic connections between the Catalan and Occitan languages. Back



Pere Sampol

is Senator for the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands, former spokesperson for the Mixed Parliamentary Group. Member of the Socialist Party of Mallorca – Nationalist Entesa (PSM-EN). Back



Miquel Serra

received his Bachelor's degree in History from the Universitat de Girona (1999) and his Master's degree in Records Management and Archival Studies from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Associació d'Arxivers de Catalunya (2002). Since 2002, he has been working in public archives as an Assistant Technician in Arxiu Històric Comarcal de Santa Coloma de Farners, Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya and Arxiu Municipal de Vidreres and as Records Manager and Archivist of Universitat de Girona Archives. He is working with different teams of records managers and archivists in Catalan (Grup de Gestió Documental, Workflow and iArxiu-Associació Catalana d'Universitats Públiques, 2008) and Spanish (Grup de Gestió Documents Electrònics- Confereneica de Archiveros Universitarios, 2008) universities and in the Catalonia government (Grup d'Avaluació i Tria Documental d'Universitats- Generalitat de Catalunya, 2005, and Grup Innovació Tecnològica-Generaltiat de Catalunya, 2009). He is on the Board of the Assoicació d'Arxivers de Catalunya (2005). Since 2007, he has served as Director of TEAM Catalonia in the InterPARES 3 Project. Back



Enric Vincent Sòria

is a poet, critic, essayist and translator. He has written, among other works, Mentre parlem. Fragments d’un diari iniciàtic (1990), the books of essays Incitacions (1997) and L’espill de Janus (2000) and the poetry collections Comàs d’espera (1993) and Enric Sòria (1995). He is a frequent contributor to various media, including scientific and cultural magazines, such as El Temps, Daina, Setze, Ullal, Papers, Saó, Avui, El Contemporani and Caràcter. Back



Karen Stöber

MA MPhil (Glasgow), PhD (Soton) is interested in medieval British and European history. Her particular interests lie in the social history of the medieval church, in medieval monasticism and the social networks of religious communities in medieval England, Wales and Catalonia, as well as in the writing of history in the Middle Ages. She is the author of Late Medieval Monasteries and their Patrons: England and Wales, c.1300-1540 (Boydell & Brewer, 2007) and co-editor (with Janet Burton) of Monasteries and Society in the Later Middle Ages (Boydell & Brewer, 2008) and (with Anne Müller) of Self-Representation of Medieval Religious Communities: the British Isles in Context, Vita Regularis, Abhandlungen Bd. 40 (LIT-Verlag, 2009). She is also currently involved as director of a major new project on the monastic history of medieval Wales, with Janet Burton (University of Wales, Lampeter), accessible at www.monasticwales.org. Back



Víctor Terradellas i Maré

is an activist and entrepreneur from Reus (Baix Camp). Currently he is dedicating himself to the field of international relations, international cooperation and political activism. He has been the founder and driving force behind the NGO IGMAN-Acció Solidària (IGMAN-Action for Solidarity), an NGO with a distinctive Catalan national profile that works in areas of conflict and post-conflict and on development cooperation projects. He is also the president and founder of the CATmón Foundation, which is set on becoming a think tank regarding the challenges and possibilities of international relations and Catalan cooperation of the Catalonia of the 21st century. Within this same space, he conceived and started up the magazine Catalan International View, and is its editor and a contributing writer. This magazine seeks to interpret the different conflicts of the world from a Catalan and European perspective. Back



Matthew Tree

was born in London in 1958. He taught himself Catalan in 1979 and came to live in Barcelona in 1984. He began publishing in 1989, with texts written directly into Catalan. In English he has written the novel, 'Private Country', and a recently completed non-fiction book, 'Calling Card', and in Catalan, the novels Fora de lloc (Cafè Central, 1996), CAT, Un anglès viatja per Catalunya per veure si existeix (Columna, 2000), Privilegiat (Columna 2001), and Negre de merda (Columna, 2010). Matthew Tree's website.Back



Vicenç Villatoro

(Terrassa, 1957) is a writer and journalist and holds a degree in Information Sciences. In 2011 he was named as Director of the Institut Ramon Llull. Formerly he was the president of the Ramon Trias Fargas Foundation. As a journalist he has worked for numerous organizations. He was the editor of the Avui newspaper from 1993 to 1996 and head of the culture section of TV3. Between 2002 and 2004 was director general of the Catalan Radio and Television Corporation. He has contributed to a range of media companies, such as Avui, El Periódico, El País, El Temps, Catalunya Ràdio and Com Ràdio. As a writer he has written a dozen novels. Back