One area of study that today is experiencing exciting and radical discoveries is neuroscience, with recent new work questioning some very strongly rooted ideas about consciousness, the brain and such like. Ignacio Morgado is one of Spain’s most acclaimed neuroscientists and the author of a number of books of popular science. The most recent is Materia gris (2021), which offers a history of research into and ideas about the mind and the brain, touching on some of the great philosophers of history as well as covering the most recent discoveries by biologists and anatomists. The result is a fascinating look at the subject, from ancient to modern times, offering one of the most complete books about the current debate within the neurosciences. In conversation with the BBC journalist Lucía Blasco.
Francisco Mora (Spain) is a Doctor in Neuroscience, a university professor and the author of popular science books such as ¿Cómo funciona el cerebro? (2017) and the bestseller Neuroeducación (2017). His most recent book is entitled Neuroeducación y lectura (2020) and is a passionate appeal, backed by considerable scientific rigour, to the importance of language and reading as well as the essential role played by the emotions in the processes of learning, attention and memory. This book is a cutting-edge view of our relationship with language, reading and education and covers topics as diverse as the chemical composition of the brain, and so human a process as curiosity. In conversation with the BBC Mundo journalist, Ana Pais.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E
The fiction writer, journalist and literature educator Jeremías Gamboa has established himself as one of the most prominent voices in contemporary Peruvian fiction, through major works such as the novel Contarlo todo (2014). In his most recent work, Animales luminosos, he tells the story of a young Latin American student who has emigrated to the United States. This character reflects on Peru’s violent past and seeks to understand how these historical wounds have produced certain characteristics in the world around him, aiming to decipher matters such as discrimination, racism, conquest, colonialism and slavery, as well as trying to find his own identity in the middle of this process. In conversation with the cultural journalist Xavi Ayén.
This Peruvian writer and journalist Gabriela Wiener is the author of books such as Sexografías, Nueve Lunas, Llamada Perdida and Dicen de mí. She won the Peruvian National Journalism Prize for an investigation into gender violence in the literary world. Since 2003 she has lived in Spain and she writes for various media outlets. Huaco retrato (2021) deals with her family past, bound up, as it is, to the history of Peru and Latin America. A huaco retrato is a ceramic item made by the native people of Peru. In 1878, the Jewish-Austrian explorer Charles Wiener, the author’s great-great-grandfather, carried off four thousand pre-Colombian artefacts, which brought him fame at the Universal Exhibition. A hundred and fifty years later, in a museum in Paris that contains the collection that her ancestor took, the protagonist faces this stolen memory and reflects on her history, which is the history of a continent, or two, and on the consequences of colonization and racism on our lives and on our present. In conversation with Marco Avilés.
With the support of the Eccles Centre
Facebook is not only the world’s largest social networking service, but also the one that has been involved in most controversy, from the dissemination of fake news to its impact on the outcomes of elections, such as the one that brought Donald Trump to power. The award-winning New York Times journalists, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, who have been investigating the subjects of technology and cybersecurity for over ten years, are the co-authors of The Ugly Truth, a book that reveals some of the dark secrets of the social media company, whose stated aim is to create links of friendship among thousands of millions of people around the world. However, as the book finds, Facebook systematically resorts to questionable practices such as selling user data, disinformation and the proliferation of hate speech. In conversation with Mónica Meltis.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Until recently, Francisco Sagasti held the position of President of Peru, acting as the country’s leader during a period of particular political and socioeconomic turbulence, made even worse by the pandemic. Apart from being President of the Republic he has been Chairman of Congress, Head of Strategic Planning at the World Bank, Chair of the UN’s Consultative Council of Science and Technology and a manager and board member of many other Peruvian and international organizations. An industrial engineer by training, Sagasti has taught at various universities in Peru and abroad, and is the author of over 20 books and a hundred academic articles. His most recent work is Imaginemos un Perú mejor… y hagámoslo realidad, a compilation of interviews and articles that analyse the structural problems of Peru and propose forms of political, social and cultural growth. Max Hernández, a doctor of medicine and a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, is the author of Memoria del bien perdido, an incisive exploration and psychological portrait of one of the great figures of the early colonial period, the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. They will talk about their most recent works, and on the way impart some of their vast knowledge of Peruvian history and reality, giving their views on the past, present and future prospects of the country.
With the support of the Spanish Embassy