Babel and its tower, in its frustrated ascent without limits, took on the vertigo of imposed linguistic identities, difficult to assume and translate – the vertigo of the impossible rebellion of the rigid against the absolute or of the finite against the infinite.

Thinking and expression were trapped among the ruins of the thick walls raised by the subordinate in its yearning to reach the plenitude of the all, which was nothing less than the omnipotent other. Since then, the emulation, conquest, and flooding of power by power, the domination of the possible or thinkable by the existing reality, have accompanied the slow and complex wandering – both individual and collective – of the human being. With their physical or symbolic verticality, Babelian ambitions and revolutions constantly and fruitlessly challenge history.

Global technology, the World Wide Web, and hyper-connectivity have concealed the last gasps of the spectacular demolition of Babel, homology has critically eroded identity, and flatness has done the same with the ascensional.

25 October / octubre 2018

10h - Welcome and Introduction / Bienvenida y apertura: Director / Directora: Anna Maria Guasch

Introduction Panel 1. The Tower of Babel. Myth and Knowledge /
Presentación Mesa 1. La Torre de Babel. Mito y conocimiento
Convenor / Moderadora: María Bendito

Keynote / Ponencia marco
Joan Sureda
La conquista del cielo

Break / Pausa

Pannellists / Ponentes

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Elisava) - Ramón Faura Coll
Laberinto eléctrico

Princeton University - Paula Pérez-Rodríguez
Reparto de armas espirituales: alfabetización, socialismo y utopía letrada en la Guerra Civil Española

Artista visual - Pilar Millán
La huella circular

Universitat de Barcelona - Laia Manonelles
As a Guest of a German Family: La construcción de la identidad en el marco global

13.45h - Discussion / Debate: Convenor / Moderadora: María Bendito

Introduction Panel 2. Babel, old and new. Global art and unfinished projects / 
Presentación Mesa 2. Babel, antigua y contemporánea. El arte global y los proyectos inacabados
Convenor / Moderadora: Julia Ramírez Blanco

16.15h - Keynote / Ponencia marco: Victor Stoichita, El Templo y la Torre. La búsqueda de la lengua perfecta en la teoría del arte del último Renacimiento

Break / Pausa

Pannellists / Ponentes

Todd Burke Porterfield - NYU
Against Babel

Marta Piñol - Universitat de Barcelona
Film as an ideal language and cinema as a visual Esperanto: film theories from Bela Balázs to Christian Metz

Inés Molina - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Plug-in Babel: megaestructuras radicales en las ciberutopías sesenteras.

19.15h - Discussion / Debate: Convenor / Moderadora: Julia Ramírez Blanco

26 October / octubre 2018

Introduction Panel 3. Visual translation in global contexts /
Presentación Mesa 3. La traducción visual en contextos globales
Convenor / Moderadora: Modesta di Paola

10.15h - Keynote / Ponencia marco: Birgit Mersmann, "In the open see don't have border." Visual Translation of Migration in Contemporary Photodocumentaries

Break / Pausa

Pannellists / Ponentes

Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis - Fabienne Brugère
Visual Translation in the Era of the Global. An Ethics of the Eye

Università della Svizzera italiana - Virgilio Berardocco
On Babel's Ruins: The ahistorical soundings of Harald Szeemann's unfinished Project

Universitat de Girona - David Aguilera
Les Unwanted de Europa y Walter Benjamin: voces sin cuerpo, traducciones sin original e imágenes sin texto

Università della Svizzera italiana - Vega Tescari
Translating the visual: Chen Chieh-jen's work

13.15h - Discussion / Debate: Convenor / Moderadora: Modesta di Paola

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16.00h - Introduction / Presentación: Anna Maria Guasch

16.15h - Keynote / Ponencia marco: Antoni Muntadas, Interpretaciones y traducciones

17.15h - Keynote / Ponencia marco: Francisco Jarauta, Babel, mito moderno

Break / Pausa

18.30h - Discussion / Debate: Antoni Muntadas, Francisco Jarauta, María Bendito, Julia Ramírez Blanco, Modesta di Paola


Fee / matrícula:

  • general / general: 20€ (two days / dos días), 10€ (one day / un día)
  • students / estudiantes: free / gratuita

Payment method bank transfer to / Pago mediante transferencia bancaria a:
IBAN ES23 2100 3642 11 2200093938.
Reference / referencia: Babel Global - name, surname, ID / Babel Global - nombre, apellidos, DNI. Certificate of the transfer with additional details of the registrant (name, surname, ID, affiliation, fee) must be sent to / Enviar certificado de la transferencia con detalles del matriculado (nombre, apellidos, DNI, afiliación, matrícula) a María Bendito, [email protected]
Certificate of assistance on request / Certificado de asistencia previa solicitud.

Director / Dirección: Anna Maria Guasch
Co-directors / Co-dirección: Modesta Di Paola y Julia Ramírez Blanco

Scientific committee / Comité científico

  • Anna Maria Guasch, Universitat de Barcelona
  • Modesta Di Paola, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Francisco Jarauta, Universidad de Murcia
  • Birgit Mersmann, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Antoni Muntadas, artista visual
  • Julia Ramírez Blanco, Universitat de Barcelona
  • Victor Stoichita, Université de Fribourg
  • Joan Sureda, Universitat de Barcelona
  • Coordination / Coordinación
  • María Bendito, Universitat de Barcelona
  • Technical assistance / Asistencia técnica
  • Joaquim Espuny, Universitat de Barcelona

Information / Información
Simultaneous translation for keynotes / Traducción simultánea de keynotes
Mandatory registration / Inscripción obligatoria: