The main objective of this project is to study the diplomatic and commercial relations between Spain and Canada. Coinciding with the next period of the Spanish presidency of the European Union (September 1st to December 31st, 2023), this project aims to focus on Canada precisely on the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Spanish Embassy in this country (1953-2023). The study aims to analyze the bilateral relations between Spain and Canada through the compilation of the most relevant milestones of the last 70 years. This research aims to enrich the development of Canadian studies in Spain and enhance bilateral relations from a political, diplomatic and commercial perspective through the publication of a monograph aimed at the general public that aspires to serve as a reference and dissemination work. The project counts with the collaboration of the Spanish Embassy in Canada, which will facilitate access to the necessary documentation for the development of the project.
As a result of the research project, a trilingual (Spanish, English and French) monographic volume on bilateral relations between Spain and Canada will be published.
José Antonio Gurpegui is director of the Instituto Franklin-UAH. Professor of North American Studies in the Department of Modern Philology at Universidad de Alcalá. He holds a PhD in English Philology from the Universidad Complutense and a PhD in Law from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, both in Madrid. He was a visiting professor at Harvard University between 1994 and 1996, and a member of the Matthiessen Room at the same university. Previously, he was director of the Franklin-UAH Institute between 2003 and 2013. He is president of HispaUSA (Association for the Study of the Hispanic Population in the U.S.), honorary rector of UNADE (American University of Europe), and member of the Board of Editorial Advisors of the "Recovery Project" of the US Hispanic Literary Heritage from Houston University. He has published and edited some thirty books and is the author of the novels Dejar de recordar no puedo (Huerga y Fierro, 2018) and Ninguna mujer llorará por mí (Ediciones B, 2021).
Diana Ramos Milla
Bachelor’s Degree in English Studies from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Master in North American Studies from the Instituto Franklin de la University of Alcalá (joint UCM-UAH) and qualified as a Senior Technician in Guide, Information and Tourist Assistance (Tourism and Protocol). Her interests are the Spanish presence in the Philippine Islands and transoceanic routes XVI-XIX.
During the academic year of her Master's degree, she received a scholarship from IAP-UAM to attend the Symposium “Public Policy and Administration in a Disruptive and Transformative Era,” which took place at Harvard University, Massachusetts. She was also selected to participate during the same course in the project POWER Exploring Gender and Power through / in Art (co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union). Since 2021 she has served as assistant editor of the Journal of Artistic Creation and Literary Research (JACLR).
She is currently working as a researcher in the research project "Bilateral Relations: Spain-Canada" to study the main diplomatic relations between both nations in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Canada.
Ana Lariño (coordinator)
Esperanza Cerdá (secretary)