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From July 2nd to the 4th,  Fundación Joaquín Díaz celebrated in Urueña (Valladolid) the 3rd Symposium on Popular Literature, this year dedicated to the World upside-down.

The first lecture served as a framework for the symposium; it was pronounced  by Professor Juan José Prat Ferrer, from IE University. Dr Prat examined the diverse manifestations of chaos and cosmos in mythic and scientific thought and the world upside-down as one of the main manifestations of chaos in the collective imaginary, expressed in popular visual arts as well as in traditional rituals. Professor José Luis Alonso Ponga, from the University of Valladolid de la UVA, talked about inversion rituals in traditional culture. Some other presentations, such as the one given by the Segovian actress Ana Zamora on the Medieval Dance of Death in contemporary theater, or that by the Cuban Luis Enrique Valdés Duarte on parody as a subverted disorder stood out. Besides, the eLea Miguel Delibes Center hosted an exhibition titled The World Upside-down or madness in men, with  illustrations from the Martínez-Leis dating as far back as the16th Century. Its author, Jesús M. Martínez made an exhaustive analysis of images of the world upside down in 19th century Spanish posters.

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Entre los días 2 y 4 de julio La Fundación Joaquín Díaz celebró en Urueña el III Simposio de Literatura Popular, este año dedicado a la temática en torno al Mundo al Revés.

La primera ponencia, que sirvió de marco de reflexión para el simposio corrió a cargo del profesor Juan José Prat Ferrer, de IE University, sobre la necesidad del caos, en la que examinaba las diversas manifestaciones de binomio caos-cosmos en el pensamiento mítico y en el científico así como el mundo al revés como una de las principales manifestaciones del caos en el imaginario colectivo, expresado tanto en la imaginería popular como en ritos y celebraciones. El profesor José Luis Alonso Ponga, de la UVA, habló sobre los ritos de inversión en la cultura tradicional. Otras conferencias que sobresalieron fueron las de la actriz segoviana Ana Zamora sobre la Danza de la Muerte medieval en el teatro contemporáneo o la del cubano Luis Enrique Valdés Duarte sobre la parodia como desorden subvertido. Además de las conferencias, el centro eLea Miguel Delibes alojó una magnífica exposición titulada El mundo al revés o la locura de los hombres, con estampas de la colección Martínes-Leis de entre los siglos XVI y XX. El autor de esta exposición, Jesús M. Martínez realizó en su ponencia  un exhaustivo estudio de las imágenes del mundo al revés en los pliegos de aleluyas españoles del siglo XIX.


This year Hay Festival will feature great speakers such as  Eduardo Mendoza, Rüdiger Safranski, Lord Desai, Vicente del Bosque, Bjärke Ingels, Sharmila Tagore, Arturo Perez Reverte, David Mitchell, Janne Teller, Upamanyu Chatterjee , Iñaki Gabilondo and Juan Luis Cebrián.

The Festival of ideas and creativity will once again provoke an open and pluralistic reflection on the transformation of social and economic models, leadership, communication, the freedom of expression in the digital age, bullfighting as a cultural phenomenon, the role of women in Arab revolutions and sustainable architecture, among others.


The first part of Hay Festival will take place on Saturday 17th September at the Aula Magna of IE University – the former convent of Santa Cruz la Real. During a discussion called “Two free voices” the journalist Javier Moreno, Director of  El Pais will talk with the German philosopher and influential thinker Rudiger Safransk. This event will be hosted by the President of IE University, Santiago Iñiguez.

Hay Festival and IE University want to show the public the values of society and sport with the Spanish football team as an example of these. There will be a conversation between Oscar Campillo, Director of MARCA , David Bach, Professor of Strategy and Economic Environment at IE Business School and the Spanish National football coach Vicente del Bosque. During the talk Vicente del Bosque will share the share the secret of leadership and teamwork that made the Reds a world leader and. He will also present the audience one of his favorite readings.  “Vicente del Bosque is the Steve Jobs of football, the most innovative team leader hence the most successful in the world. There is much we can learn from him, such as sports, business and leadership in general,” says David Bach, Professor at IE Business School.

The Executive Director of the Pritzker Awards and Associate Dean of External Relations of IE School of Architecture at IE University Martha Thorne will be talking with Bjärke Ingels – one of the most recognized architects worldwide. Bjärke Ingels is the founder of Studio BIG and is considered as one of today´s most innovative architects as he has managed to combine great sustainability works. In February 2011 was published the Spanish version of “Yes Is More,” a manifesto of architectural evolution that has gained broad international acceptance.

It is also important to mention the literary journalism workshop of ABC and IE University, which will be broadcast via Internet streaming, by the Medialab of IE School of Communication. The workshop will be conducted and presented by Jesus Calero, head of Culture and ABC journalist and professor at the IE University Pedro Cifuentes and autors Eduardo Mendoza and Patricio Pron will also take part of the event. Furthermore, IE University has organized an intensive architecture that will be taught by Pablo Gil-Cornaro, professor of architectural projects in IE University. In addition to these workshops, the university will support the festival with the active involvement of several students at the Press Office of the Festival and with the participation of international students as volunteers Read more…


Desde el año 2009, IE University es socio académico del Hay Festival Segovia, Festival internacional de IDEAS en el que participan autores, artistas y músicos de primer nivel internacional (visita la pagina del festival en WIKIPEDIA

Desde la oficina del alumno, te queremos dar la oportunidad de participar como voluntario durante los días del festival (22-26 de septiembre) y de vivir esta experiencia internacional que enriquecerá tus conocimientos prácticos. 

Si quieres participar como voluntario en este festival lleno de  debates, conversaciones, tertulias y lecturas, además de exposiciones, documentales, catas de vino, visitas guiadas, conciertos y mucho más… ¡ APÚNTATE Y DISFRUTA DEL HAY FESTIVAL! Tendrás oportunidad de conocer a autores nacionales e internacionales, artistas y músicos; y de participar en la organización de uno de los festivales más prestigiosos del mundo  ¡Será una experiencia que nunca olvidarás!
Este año, el Festival contará con 25 puestos de voluntarios para los estudiantes de IE University. Además, con la realización de esta actividad cultural obtendrás el reconocimiento de un crédito ECTS o de tres créditos de libre disposición

Es importante que sepas que es recomiendable que tengas un buen nivel de conversación de inglés para poder aprovechar la actividad. 

Anímate y apúntate enviando un email a antes del próximo 18 de junio 2010. 

Application: Join volunteers from the Hay Festival Segovia.

Since 2009, IE University is the academic sponsor of the prestigious “Hay Festival Segovia”, an international Arts & Literature festival in which participate writers, artists and musician for all over the world. (know more about the festival in WIKIPEDIA

Student Office wants to offer you the possibility to participate as volunteer for next Edition (22- 26 of September 2010) l and live this great international and practical experience. 

If you want to participate as a volunteer in this incredible festival full of literary events, conferences, lectures, readings as well as art exhibitions, documentaries, wine-tastings, guided tours, concerts and many more: JOIN US AND ENJOY FOUR DAYS OF CULTURE AND LITERATURE! You will have the opportunity of meeting national and international authors, artists and musicians. It will be an experience that you will never forget! 

The festival will count this year on 25 volunteer. The activity will be rewarded with one ECT credit. 

Join the festival volunteer team sending an email to before next June 18th.


Times of India. Interview with Blanca Riestra.

Written on June 7, 2010 by Roberto Arribas in Arts & Humanities, Highlights

Times of India. Interview with Blanca Riestra, Associate Director of Liberal Arts at IE, published by  the education section of Times of India in an article headed “Global appeal of literature”. Read more.

Times of India. Entrevista de Blanca Riestra, Directora adjunta de Liberal Arts at IE publicada en Times of India / Education sobre “global appeal of literature”. Ver entrevista.

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