jueves, 2 de abril de 2015

Second day at the conference and closing.

Second and last day of the conference passed! Yesterday started with the paper by Dr. Eduardo Segura who gave a speech about the importance and power of words, englobing J. R. R. Tolkien's works. In a second round, Dr. Thomas Honegger presented his paper, in which he spoke about Tolkien and its relation with England.

In order: Dr. Simonson, Dr. Segura, Dr. Honegger,
Dr. Groom, Dr. Ayerbe and Dr. Montero.
Dr. Martin Simonson introduced Dr. Segura's paper. 
Dr. Thomas Honegger presenting his paper. 
After a short break for coffee, the congress continued with a round table with all the participants (exept Dr. Ayerbe). In this session, our guests debated about the topics presented between the two days of congress and put ideas in common. 

Dr. Groom, Dr. Honegger, Dr. Simonson and Dr. Segura.
For the beginning of the afternoon, a small panel was prepared. In this ocassion, the new team of the publishing house and collaborator of this congress Portal Editions presented it and they explained to the audience the projects for the future of the publishing house. They were glad to collaborate with Dr. Ayerbe, who answered some questions related to his new book published by Portal Editions and Dr. Montero, one of the founders, who presented the project run by this publishing house: the Scarecrow Project

Andoni Cossio asking some questions to Dr. Ayerbe.
Part of the new team of Portal Editions: Janire Guerrero,
Ekaitz Ikazuriaga and Maddi Susperregi. 
Dr. Montero explaining the Scarecrow Project.

To conclude with the congress, Dr. Ayerbe gave an speech regarding Grimm brothers, in order to speak about the German Romanticism.

The day ended up with a guided tour around the old town of Vitoria-Gasteiz to know more about its gothic background and visit some interesing points of this beautiful city. 

Plaza España / Spain Square

La Virgen Blanca / The White Virgin

Some of the guests hearing the explanations.


A gothic style door. 

The ancient wall.

Villauso Castle.

So, we're done!

On behalf of the organization, thanks to everybody. It has been so nice to have you around. Thanks to our keynote speakers, to the people talking in the round tables, to every lecturer, chairs, friends, to the people attending the conference and to the collaborators. Good job!

We hope to organize this congress next year and have our guests again in-Vitoria Gasteiz!

You are invited to send any picture you may want to share with us to eajm.projects@gmail.com.

In case you would be interested in watching the videos of the conferences, here we offer you the chance of visiting the UPV/EHU's webpage in which you would find all of them:

Once again, thanks to everybody for such a great job! Eskerrik asko!

martes, 31 de marzo de 2015

First day at the conference.

The "I International Conference on the Inklings" has begun today at the Faculty of Arts of Vitoria-Gasteiz. We have been delighted with the scholars who have presented their papers on the issue about the Inklings. 

The day has started with the paper by Dr. Nick Groom, from University of Exeter, who has taught us about the relation between the Gothic genre and J. R. R. Tolkien's works. As a second round, Paul Urquijo, graduated in Fine Arts and talented artist, has presented his next project under the title 'El Bosque Negro'. This has lent to the hearers to participate actively and therefore throw questions to Urquijo, who has aimed his audience to work to achieve one's dream.

After the papers, all the guests have been invited to a small meeting with snacks and drinks promoted by the collaborator of the conference, Elkar. 

Here we have some pictures that define this wonderful day:

Dr. Nick Groom presenting his paper
Dr. Raul Montero presenting Paul Urquijo's film
El Bosque Negro's cover
Meeting prepared by Elkar
Some of the guests of the conference

We remind you that we have a wide book exposition at the gates of the room in which the conferences are presented. Here you can find some of the titles. 

viernes, 27 de marzo de 2015

Gothic Vitoria-Gasteiz

As you may have seen yet in the program of the congress, for the 1st of April at 19.30 it is scheduled a guided tour through the gothic city center of Vitoria-Gasteiz. 

Vitoria-Gasteiz is a city full of history, which has survived to the pass of time and it is reflected on its symbolic buildings and stories. On this guided tour, all the participants will be given all the necessary information to know better Vitoria-Gasteiz from a gothic point of view, following the line of the congress.

Through the itinerary of the tour, the participants will be able to visit the old town of Vitoria-Gasteiz, where the main historical palaces are found, such as:

El Palacio Bendaña

El Palacio de Escoriaza-Esquibel

El Palacio de Villasuso

Everybody is invited to participate in this guided tour! Any information regarding this tour or doubt about the congress, do not doubt to contact us in our email: eajm.projects@gmail.com

More information about Vitoria-Gasteiz turism:

lunes, 23 de marzo de 2015


Almost two weeks for the big day and it is about time to start getting ready for it. Here is the program of the congress in order to inform all the participants and guests: 

I International Conference on the Inklings: Fantasy and National Discourse
Faculty of Arts Vitoria-Gasteiz

31st of March - 1st of April

Tuesday 31 March

16.30 – 17.00              Opening ceremony. (Salón de Grados).

17.00 – 18.00              Plenary 1: Dr. Nick Groom, University of Exeter. The Gothic, the Nation, and the Inklings. (Salón de Grados).
18.00 – 18.30              Coffee break.

18.30 – 19.15             Presentation and screening of the short film “El Bosque Negro” by director Paúl Urquijo. (Salón de Grados).

19.30 – 20.30             Conversations with authors at the Campus bookshop. Snacks for all who come.

Wednesday 1 April

09.30 – 10.30              Plenary 2: Dr. Eduardo Segura, Universidad de Granada. Tolkien y la filología: la palabra subcreadora como patria y fuente de potestad. (Salón de Grados).

10.30 – 11.30              Plenary 3: Dr. Thomas Honegger, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena. Tolkien and the Matter of England. (Salón de Grados).

11.30 – 12.00              Coffee break.

12.00 – 13.30             Round Table: The Inklings and National discourse. Dr. Nick Groom, Dr. Thomas Honegger. (Salón de Grados).

13.30 – 15.30             Lunch.

15.30 – 16.30             Panel.

16.30 – 17.00             Coffee break.

17.00 – 18.00             Plenary 4: Dr. Miguel Ayerbe, Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea. Los Cuentos de los hermanos Grimm: salvar la identidad nacional a través de la literatura oral popular. (Salón de Grados).

18.00 – 18.30          Concluding discussion and closure.

19.30                          Guided tour: the Gothic city centre of Vitoria.

21.30                          Conference dinner.

Or if you want to print the program for yourselves, please click on the capitalized word PROGRAM to have access to the file.

miércoles, 18 de marzo de 2015

Welcome to the "I International Conference on the Inklings: Fantasy and National Discourse"

      The study of the fantastic in literature has frequently been relegated to a secondary position within the field of academic research in Spain. This conference aims to break certain taboos and highlight the intrinsic literary, social and cultural qualities of such literature. In particular, we seek to elucidate the significance and influence of the literature written by the Inklings (J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, among others). The thematic scope of this first edition will revolve around national discourse in the works of the Inklings and other related writers, comparing and contrasting different standpoints and critical approaches.

     The conference includes plenary sessions, round-table discussions, panels with papers, screenings of films, book presentations and a guided tour to the medieval Gothic city of Vitoria. Keynote speakers include renowned international specialists in the field such as Dr. Nick Groom (University of Exeter), Dr. Thomas Honegger (Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena), Dr. Eduardo Segura (University of Granada) and Dr. Miguel Ayerbe (University of the Basque Country).

    Welcome then and feel free to participate, submit any comments you have: feedback would be greatly appreciated.