Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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“What’s going on in Catalonia?”

Saturday, 30 april 2016 | Sobirania i Justícia

(London, Tuesday 3 May, from 5pm to 7pm, INTO London Middlesex Street)

These are some of the key dimensions that may help understand what’s going on in Catalonia, and which the promoters of the event want to put forward for discussion. The Catalan civic body Sobirania i Justíca (Sovereignty and Justice), the University of Cambridge Forum on Geopolitics and the think-­tank Project for Democratic Union, are the event organizers. It is also possible thanks to the collaboration of the Delegation of the Catalan Government to the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the London Academy of Diplomacy.

The roundtable has three distinguished speakers:

Montserrat Guibernau, doctor in Philosophy, M. Phil in Social and Political Theory, University of Cambridge, and visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).
Antoni Castells, professor of Public Finance at the University of Barcelona; Minister of Economy and Finance of the Government of Catalonia (2003-­2010).
Miquel Puig, economist and author; CEO of the Catalan Universities Shared Services Consortium.

The event will be held from 17.00h to 19.00h in the lecture theatre of INTO London Middlesex Street with the following programme:

17.00h – Opening remarks – Isabel Helena Martí
17.05h ­- Introduction ­- Brendan Simms
17.10h -­ Montserrat Guibernau
17.30h -­ Antoni Castells
17.50h ­- Miquel Puig
18.10h -­ Break
18.15h -­ Discussion
18.55h -­ Closing remarks­ – Brendan Simms and Isabel-­Helena Martí

Isabel-­Helena Martí is president of Sobirania i Justícia and Brendan Simms is director of the Forum on Geopolitics at Cambridge University and president of the Project for Democratic Union.

A fruit, cheese and Catalan wine tasting, open to all attendees, will follow the event.

Please, note that registration is free but required.

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