7-8 November, 2019
IEC (Institut d’Estudis Catalans)
Fundació Joan Brossa
Escenari Joan Brossa


The research group Poció, Poesia i Educació (Project Ref FFI2016-75844-P «Arts and poetics: creation, archive and education») supported by Institució de les Lletres Catalanes and Fundació Joan Brossa, organizes the II International Symposium Joan Brossa: Trees vary depending on the terrain, which will be held at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Fundació Joan Brossa and Escenari Joan Brossa on November 7 and 8, 2019.

On the occasion of the poet Joan Brossa‘s birth centenary, twenty years after his death (1998) and eighteen years after the only academic symposium (2001) held so far about his work, it is paramount to carry out a revision of the research into his creation and new readings from a new century and cultural context. While the first Symposium was a gathering of researchers who had met Brossa and approached his work from various disciplines, the second Symposium will involve those who never met him, but have read all the published work from the participants of the first Symposium.

The first meeting was the consequence of the first Brossa’s anthological exhibit after his dead entitled “Joan Brossa or the poetic revolt” at the Fundació Joan Miró. On this occasion, the II Symposium will take place two years after another important exhibit, i.e., “Brossa Poetry” at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). The latter exhibit was the result of cataloguing Brossa’s work, a task started by the Fundació Joan Brossa and continued by the MACBA’s Archive since 2011. Both exhibits had different aims, showing almost two opposite points of view.

Whereas the I Symposium had a traditional format consisting of talks and papers on tart, literature and theatre; this II Symposium breaks that traditional division and outlines new
approaches to his work from a more transversal point of view, addressing the themes of word, image and action.
Thus, the main goal is to gain new insights into the studies about Joan Brossa. This international meeting will discuss the following three main areas:

  1. The relation of Brossa’s work with his cultural context, not only in Catalonia but also abroad
  2. New readings of Joan Brossa vs. previous and current interpretations of his work
  3. The debate about Brossa’s influence in present-day contemporary creation

The reflection process can start with a poem from Em va fer Joan Brossa, a book from 1950, resulting from his conversations with the Brazilian poet Cabral de Melo. Parallel to the differences we find in the format and meanings of this book as compared to Brossa’s previous books, trees – and people, literature and art, for that matter – may vary depending on the terrain. But, despite this, what matters ultimately is the human essence. Researchers of Brossa have changed and so have the readings of his work. This Symposium aims at empowering new voices and exploring new approaches to Brossa, a poet whose work seems to be more up-to-date than ever.

Les arrels

Les arrels dels arbres consumidores d’aigua.
Les arrels dels arbres retenen les terres.
Els boscos cobreixen les muntanyes.
Els arbres varien segons el terreny.

Vora del llac creixen verns, pollancs i saules.
Els prats immensos alternen amb boscos frondosos.
Els bous pasturen pels prats.

Les plantes abunden extraordinàriament;
produeixen selves impenetrables.
Sento remorejar les aigües d’un torrent
que s’amaga de tant en tant entre el fullatge.

Al capdavall del carrer s’abracen dos rivals.

Em va fer Joan Brossa (1950)

(1) Poció. Poesia i Educació. Research Group recognized and funded by the Generalitat de Catalunya 2017 SGR 1668, focuses its work on the popularization of contemporary poetry (, in the search around archives of Catalan experimental poetry, and the use of poetry in the classroom (


Thrusday, November 7, 2019

09:00 Reception

09:15 Symposium presentation by institutions

09:45 Opening conference by Perejaume

10:30 Discussion

10:45 Coffee break

11:0 Round table: «Brossa in relationship with his cultural moment», with John London, Jordi Marrugat,Eduard Escoffet and Alain Arias-Misson.

12:00 Discussion

13:00 Creative capsule: Julián Álvarez

14:00 Lunch

16:00 Round table: «New readings on Joan Brossa: how it has been read and how it is read nowadays», with Marc Audí, Enric Gallén, Ainize González and Ronald Polito.

17:00 Discussion

18:00 Coffee break

18:30 Creative capsule: Cloe Masotta

20:30 Theatrical performance by Sergio Blanco: «Cartografía de una desaparición» (Escenari Joan Brossa)

Friday, November 8, 2019

09:30 Conference: «Brotant a l’ombra de l’obra d’en Brossa» by Enric Casasses

10:15 Discussion

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Round table: «Recreation of Brossa, how to create from Brossa», with Sergio Blanco, CaboSanRoque, Emily Mast and Laia Estruch

12:00 Discussion

13:00 Creative capsule: Anna Dot

14:00 Lunch

16:00 Collaborative talk through a selection of articles

17:00 Discussion

18:00 Coffee break

18:30 Closing conference

20:30 Traveling performance of Brossa Post theatre at the Fundació Joan Brossa, the Escenari Joan Brossa and the streets of El Born, by Emily Mast


The organising committee would like to invite all authors to submit an abstract. Selected candidates may be asked to participate in a debate at the Symposium. Abstracts should be submitted to following these requirements:


  • Provisional title. Explicit mention of the theme.
  • Five key words .
  • Summary (450 word limit).
  • Curriculum vitae ( 200 word limit).
  • Proposals can be submitted in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian

Calendar 2019

  • Abstracts submission deadline: April 23
  • Notification of acceptance: May 20
  • Submission of full text (25,000 characters): July 15
  • Notification of debate participation: September 16

Online submission (Word format):

Acceptance will be communicated by email.

Accepted authors should register in the Symposium. Registration is free and online.

The Symposium’s scientific committee will evaluate the submissions and will e-mal the participants whose abstracts are accepted for publication. Once the full papers (in Word format) are sent at, selected authors will be asked to participate in a debate at the Symposium.

The Organising Committee cannot cover travel and accommodation expenses.



Place and dates

The II International Symposium Joan Brossa: «trees vary depending on the terrain» will take place on November 7 and 8, 2019 in Barcelona:


Participants should register in the Symposium through the online form available at


Organization commitee

Judith Barnés
Glòria Bordons
Júlia Català
Lis Costa
Eva Figueras
Jordi Llorens
Héctor Mellinas
Julieta Torrents

Scientific commitee

Marc Audí
Enric Bou
Carlota Caulfield
Maria Dasca
Mònica Güell
Marcin Kurek
John London
Jordana Mendelson
Carles Méndez
Joan M. Minguet
Margalida Pons
Oriol Ponsatí-Murlà
Jaume Subirana
Rui Torres


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