The Cervantes Institute in Stockholm co-organizes a colloquium on literature and translation presided over by the queens of Spain and Sweden

The Cervantes Institute in Stockholm scheduled several cultural activities on the occasion of the official visit of the Kings of Spain to Sweden: a colloquium in the library of the Royal Palace, with the intervention of the secretary general of Cervantes, Carmen Noguero; a scientific meeting on the research of the Nobel laureate Ramón y Cajal, father of neuroscience, and a literary talk with the writer Javier Cercas.

The central act of this program, presided over by the queens of Spain and Sweden, takes place this Thursday (11:00 am) at the Bernadotte Library of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, organized by the Cervantes Institute of that capital and the Swedish Institute. Under the title ‘Meeting on literature and translation between Spain and Sweden’, four experts will address various aspects of the letters of both countries and the translation between their respective languages.

The Secretary General of Cervantes will participate in the presentation of this round table that will bring together the writer Javier Cercas, the translator and teacher Carmen Montes Cano, the Hispanicist and professor Ken Benson and the writer Hanna Nordenhök. They will analyze the importance of reinforcing dialogue and cultural exchanges between both countries, the relevance of translations in the knowledge of other literatures and the promotion of foreign language learning.

After concluding the debate, queens Letizia and Silvia will visit the Bernadotte Library, where they will be shown some relevant books and objects related to the bilateral Spain-Sweden relationship. A Swedish edition of ‘El Cid’ from 1859 stands out, which was translated into that language by the then Prince Oskar, later King Oskar II, from a German edition of the work.
Likewise, they will see a diploma to the crown prince Karl Johan XIV, in his reception in the Order of San Fernando in 1814; the document that names King Gustavo V Honorary Admiral of the Royal Spanish Navy (1927) or photographs of the state visit that King Alfonso XIII made to that country in 1928.

The investigations of Nobel Cajal

Also within the framework of the official visit of Don Felipe and Doña Letizia to the Baltic capital, the headquarters of the Cervantes Institute in Stockholm hosted two relevant activities on Wednesday.
The first was the colloquium Cajal’s drawings and the discovery of the neuronal forest of the brain, by the researchers Javier de Felipe, an expert in neurology at the CSIC (Higher Council for Scientific Research), and Ricardo Martínez Murillo, director of the Cajal Institute.

They talked about the research that Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934) carried out on the microanatomy of the nervous system, his observations on degeneration and regeneration, and his theories on the plasticity of the brain. that had a profound influence on the scientists of their time, causing a radical change in the course of the history of neuroscience.

The scientific talk was held on the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition ‘Synapse: Art and science in Spain’, by Ramón y Cajal to the 21st century, a tour of the research of the 1906 Nobel Prize in Medicine, which can be visited at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm until December 4, organized by the Embassy of Spain and AECID with the collaboration of the Cervantes Institute, among other institutions.

The Cervantes headquarters also hosted a meeting with the writer Javier Cercas, one of the great current authors of Spain, who was accompanied by Juan Carlos Cruz Suárez, tenured professor of the Department of Classical and Romance Studies at the University of Stockholm.

Throughout Wednesday, The Secretary General of the Institute, Carmen Noguero, visited the facilities of the Cervantes in Stockholm for the first time and met with the professor and former dean of the University of Stockholm Ken Benson, with the director of the Goethe Institute of Sweden, Jutta Gehrig, and with heads of the Spanish Embassy and associations related to the teaching of Spanish in Sweden.

Sent by José Antonio Sierra, Hispanismo advisor.

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The Cervantes Institute in Stockholm co-organizes a colloquium on literature and translation presided over by the queens of Spain and Sweden