Inaugural lecture by Professor Duncan Wheeler titled 'A Young Democracy? Youth and the Spanish Transition'
Introduced by Professor Maria Delgado (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London) Thursday 11th October 2018 17:00-18:30 Conference Auditorium 1 (GM.03).
A Young Democracy? Youth and the Spanish Transition Following General Francos death, Spain embarked on a journey to become a fully-fledged democracy.
This was facilitated by the relative youth of the Spanish population, many of whom had no direct memories of the Civil War. In 1982, the leadership of the Spanish Socialist Party, amongst the youngest of any major European party, rode into government with the slogan Por el cambio. In many respects a golden age for young Spaniards, they were also frequently victim to unemployment and drug addiction, two of the major challenges to face the population in the 1980s. In this lecture, I explore how and why a greater sensitivity to demographics and generational affiliations might nuance understandings of Spains young democracy.
Please RSVP to Lucie Vrsovska.