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Barcelona – Krakow

Changing Visions – Visions of Change


In collaboration with the IMCK (Krakow International Centre for Culture), this initiative is organised as part of the CCCB's policy of tending bridges to Eastern Europe. The conference will include the participation of leading historians, architects and writers from both cities.


This conference, to be held on March 29 and 30, aims to explore the roles of Barcelona and Krakow within modern European civilisation and to share the historical and urban experiences of these two cities that have many points in common. Some of the issues to be discussed include urban development in each of the cities throughout their history, the experience of living through dictatorships in the 20th Century (Barcelona under Franco and Krakow under Nazism and communism) and the fact that although neither city is the capital, they both play an important role as cultural capitals.

March 29th 2007, Thursday

Opening (Jacek Purchla, Josep Ramoneda)

Session I. Introduction. Barcelona and Krakow in European civilization.
Moderator: Josep Ramoneda.
Joan Roca
, Development of Barcelona up to the 20th century (an overview).
Jacek Purchla, Development of Krakow up to the 20th century (an overview).

12.00-12.30 - coffee break
Session II. Lessons of the 20th century - experience of Barcelona and Krakow.
Moderator: Jacek Purchla.
Josep Ramoneda
, Barcelona during general Franco's regime.
Andrzej Chwalba, Krakow under Nazism and Communism.

14.00-15.00 - lunch break
Session III. The capital's complex?
Moderator: Janusz Sepio?.
Jordi Balló, Barcelona vs. Madrid.
Jan M. Ma?ecki, Capital of independent state - capital of subjugated nation (Krakow and Warsaw form the 16th to the 20th century)

March 30th 2007, Friday

Session IV. The nature of present-day changes in Barcelona and Krakow. Challenges and prospects for the future.

10.00-11.30 Part 1
Moderator: Jacek Purchla.
Miguel Pajares
, Challenges of immigration in Barcelona: economical, sociological and cultural.
Jerzy Miku?owski-Pomorski, Krakow: Attempts At changing the social structure of the city post 1945, newcomers in recent years.

11.30-12.00 - coffee break
12.00-13.30 Part 2
Moderator: Jerzy Miku?owski-Pomorski.
Francesc Muñoz, The city of spectacle: cultural commercialization and creativity in present day Barcelona.
Monika Murzyn, Heritage and transformation after 1989 - experience of Krakow.

13.30-15.00 - lunch break
15.00-16.00 Part 3
Moderator: Bashkim Shehu.
Jordi Puntí
, Barcelona: Portrait of the city as seen by an artist.
Bronis?aw Maj, Krakow: City - a poem.

16.00-16.30 - coffee break
16.30-18.30 Recapitulation
Moderator: Jacek Purchla and Josep Ramoneda.
Pasqual Maragall
, Barcelona becoming a Cosmopolis.
Janusz Sepio?, Krakow as a metropolis in the beginning of the 21st century.
Discussion: Barcelona and Krakow, perspectives of future cooperation.

Moderators: Josep Ramoneda, Jacek Purchla, Janusz Sepiol, Jerzy Mikulowski-Pomorski, Bashkim Shehu

Participants: Jacek Purchla, Josep Ramoneda, Joan Roca, Andrzej Chwalba, Jordi Balló, Jan M. Malecki, Miguel Pajares, Jerzy Mikulowski-Pomorski, Francesc Muñoz, Monika Murzyn, Jordi Puntí, Bronislaw Maj, Pasqual Maragall, Janusz Sepiol

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