Guided visit to Reina Sofia Museum

Thursday, June 18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at Reina Sofía Museum

The IE Foundation has become Friend of the Reina Sofía Museum to support their mission  and to open arts and humanities to all IE community. Celebrating this recent agreement IE Foundation is happy to announce a guided visit to the Museum.

Museo Reina Sofia is Spain’s most relevant Contemporary Art Museum, often compared to Britain’s Tate Modern or France’s Georges Pompidou. It hosts an outstanding collection of works by both national and international artists. This visit will focus on 20th century Spanish Master Painters, particularly on such key period figures as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. By revealing attendants the story behind great masterpieces, such as The Guernica or Face of the Great Masturbator, visitors will be able to enjoy fully the visit to the Museum Reina Sofía.

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Guided Visit to “La piel translucida”, Contemporary Art Collection of the Iberdrola Foundation

Saturday, May 23rd, 12.30 pm, at Palacio de Cibeles (Cibeles 1)

IE Campus Life would like to invite to you a guided visit in English to “La piel translucida”, the Contemporary Art Collection of the Iberdrola Foundation.

Having started with local Basque artists, throughout the 20th century the art collection nevertheless switched to the most relevant Spanish creators of the second half of the 20th century, such as Tapies, Barcelo and Chillida. Upon the fin de siècle, the Iberdrola Foundation Advisors decided to concentrate on photography and, as displayed in the exhibition, managed to gather one of the richest photo collections currently in Spain, with outstanding pieces of well-known international artists such as Richter, Mapplethorpe or Twombly.

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Conference: “Are Individuality and Conformity typical in Democratic Ages? Thinking With John Stuart Mill”

Wednesday, May 5th 2015, 6pm at room MMB-102 (Maria de Molina 31 Bis)

“Be yourself!” “Think outside of the box.” “Don’t just follow the crowd.” Such phrases pervade our culture, encouraging us to value individuality and creativity, and to resist conformity. However, recent research in social psychology has shown that in practice, we are averse to and at times, even hostile to people who ‘stick out’ from crowds, reject the status quo, and do something new.

The fascination with individuality and creativity is not new, of course, and these traits were of great interest to nineteenth century thinkers such as John Stuart Mill and Friedrich Nietzsche. However, unlike today’s psychologists, they attributed the absence of individuality and creativity to modern democracy.

This talk focuses on Mill’s concern, connections to Nietzsche’s thought will also be made, that democratic society corrupts individuality, how he sees conformity as a problem and individuality as an important part of the life well-lived and how he  thinks that democracy is unique as a regime type in discouraging individuality and encouraging conformity.

Jennie Ikuta is the IE-Brown International Teaching Fellow for 2014-2015. She received her BA from the University of Chicago (2007) and her PhD from Brown University (2014). She is currently at work on her book manuscript based on her dissertation, titled Democracy and the Quest for Human Flourishing: A Study of Mill and Nietzsche.

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Presentación del libro “Palabra, imagen, poder:Enseñar el orden de la Edad Media”

Jueves, 16 de abril del 2015 a las 19h en el Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (C/ Alcalá 42)

Sermones e imágenes artísticas desarrollaron una función adoctrinadora en los fundamentos de la religión cristiana en la Edad Media, pero también jugaron un papel esencial no solo para explicar al pueblo la naturaleza del sistema feudal, sino para legitimar su estructura de poder. Conformaron un lenguaje audiovisualque, utilizando elementos de la doctrina social y de la teología política desarrolladas por la iglesia desde sus orígenes, hablaba en síntesis del orden: de una sociedad virtuosa, jerarquizada, justa, unida y pacífica; esto es, de las virtudes individuales y sociales que debían regir para alcanzar el destino de la eterna salvación.

Este libro Miguel Larrañaga (Vicerrector de Estudiantes de IE University), autor de numerosas publicaciones sobre la sociedad y la cultura medievales, parte del concepto deracionalidad de Max Weber, que aglutina y proporciona cohesión interna a otros principios generales, y es aplicado a la idea agustiniana deorden. Desde esa base resulta evidente la relación entre el mensaje de los sermones y de la iconografía románica y gótica, que es analizada desde el punto de vista del receptor medieval.

Durante el acto de presentación, acompañará al autor Rafael Puyol, Catedrático en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid y vicepresidente de la Fundación IE.

Faculty Research Colloquium “Organizational Centralization and Programmatic Accountability in Political Parties”

Thursday April 9th 2015 , 15h, at Room E001 (Maria de Molina 4)

This paper of Daniel Kselman investigates how particular organizational structures can buttress the clarity and credibility of parties’ policy promises. In contrast to past literature, we argue that organizational centralization has countervailing effects. On the one hand, powerful leaders may help diverse internal actors coordinate on unified policy platforms; on the other hand, their ‘entrepreneurial’ tendencies may reduce these platforms’ downstream credibility.

We thus hypothesize that in highly heterogeneous organizations centralization will enhance programmatic credibility and reliability; while in more homogeneous and unified parties centralization will have detrimental consequences. This theoretical argument is explored with a new data set on party organization and programmatic partisan appeals. Statistical results are on the whole consistent with theoretical expectations, and robust to controls for economic development, democracy, and political institutions.

Professor Kselman is Academic Director at IE School of International Relations. He received a PhD in political science from Duke University, where he also received a Master’s degree in Economics. His research emphasizes the processes of democratization, economic development, and political governance, and combines a global focus with case expertise on Turkish politics and society.

Conference: “Archaeology at the University of Warsaw in Eastern Europe.”

Tuesday, March 10th 2015. From 11:15am to 12:15. Classroom 227 (Segovia campus)

University of Warsaw’s Institute of Archaeology is the largest academic institution of its kind in Poland, one of the largest in the world. It is divided into 17 Departments and 7 Laboratories. It has a staff of c. 100 (researchers, lecturers, technicians and administration staff). The Institute offers instruction in most branches of modern archaeology and related sciences to over 1500 students from different areas of study.

Speaker: Professor Piotr Dyczek is Director of the Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research at University of Warsaw. He has carried out several archeological explorations in ancient Rhizon (Modern Risa, Montenegro) and is author of an extensive bibliography.

Humanities Discussion Series Madrid “Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery”

Monday, March 9th, 7:30 pm at The Student Hub (MM31B)

Our guest, Dr. Sonia Boulos, will direct us through a discussion on “human trafficking”, namely, the illicit trade in humans that constitutes a form of modern slavery.  She will begin the event by providing us with the legal definitions of “human trafficking” in the context of international law, citing the global statistics on it, and finally turning our attention to the situation in Spain itself as a transit and destination country for trafficked women (and men).  We hope on this basis to probe the meaning and relevance of such ‘slavery’, something most today associate simply with the past, in understanding our contemporary situation.

Dr. Sonia Boulos obtained her Doctoral Degree in Juridical Science (JSD) from the University of Notre Dame. She is an active Board member of I’lam: the Media Center for Arab Palestinians in Israel. Born Palestinian but also a citizen of Israel, Dr. Boulos is also an attorney for The Association of Civil Rights in Israel focusing on women’s rights issues.  Her work has concentrated on the areas of equal rights for women, on advancing the right to free speech and political rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel, as well as promoting respect for international humanitarian law more broadly. She’s professor for the International Protection of Human Rights here at IE.

Viajeros míticos griegos: legendarios viajes al Más Allá y a la Luna

Miércoles, 4 de Marzo a las 19.30h en el Pabellón de Papel (Serrano 99, Madrid)

Desde la Odisea de Homero ( en los tiempos de la colonización del Mediterráneo, s.VIII a.C. ) a los Relatos fantásticos de Luciano y el viaje a la isla utópica  en el Índico de Yambulo van casi mil años. Los griegos antiguos, movidos por la inquietud y la admiración por lo lejano y fabuloso, escribieron relatos de viajes de muchos ecos. A los viajes reales se superponen los viajes fabulosos, con sus extrañas maravillas y sus variados héroes, que han marcado la tradición de la literatura europea para siempre. Intentaremos dar una rápida mirada de los textos más  curiosos de esas famosas aventuras helénicas.

La conferencia será impartida por el prestigioso helenista, y Catedrático Filología Griega en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Carlos Garcia Gual. También es autor de una extensa bibliografía, que incluye numerosos libros y artículos sobre Mitología, Filosofía,  Literatura Clásica y Medieval,. Entre sus obras recientes destacan Sirenas. Seducciones y metamorfosis (Turner, 2014) Mitos, viajes, héroes ( Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2011) Prometeo. Mito y literatura ( Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2009) y Viajes a la Luna: de la fantasía a la ciencia ficción (ELR, 2005).


Big Data and Art History

Monday, March 2, 6:00pm at room MM203 (Maria de Molina 31)

Combining Cultural Analytics with a developed aesthetic judgement is the key to a successful career in the art world today. This talk will show how and why certain artistic patterns in Baroque art spread throughout the world in 17 and 18th centuries, how the appreciation of a beautiful face has changed in Art History, and how the irruption of museums altered the consumption and distribution of art in the 20th Century. The talk will also shed light on the techniques used by modern platforms like artsy to disrupt the business of art.

Dr. Juan Luis Suárez is Director at CulturePlex Lab and Professor of Hispanic Studies at Western Ontario University. His background includes a PhD in Philosophy (Salamanca), a PhD in Literature (McGill), and a Global Executive MBA (IE Business School). His research deals with lean big data, human behaviour, digital innovation, cultural analytics, creativity and entrepreneurship. He is an international speaker and consultant on issues related to digital strategy, cultural history, the digital revolution and its impact on organizations, and 360º digital view of the customer. He is the co-founder of startups MilaoLanguage and SylvaDB, a lean big data solution that gives the power of big data to the domain expert.

All you always wanted to know about Collecting Art (But were afraid to ask) 10 tips to start buying contemporary art.

Thursday, 19th of February 2015 at 7.30pm. Room MM101 (Maria de Molina 31, Madrid)

Art Collecting seems rather sophisticated for most inexperienced mortals. Many enjoy art but are unfamiliar with the market. It is fairly well known that art is elitist but the truth is that contemporary art is more accessible than people think. Join us and learn in this dynamic talk  on how to start an art collection based on your taste and budget.

This event will be led by Carlos Urroz (Director of Madrid’s Contemporary Art Fair ARCO) and by Elisa Hernando (Director of the First Collector initiative)