We’re one of 3 teams of academics who are working on a 7-year project titled “The Hispanic Baroque: Complexity in the First Atlantic Culture”. We’re a multidisciplinary and international group of 35 researchers who are considering the “baroque patterns” embedded in cultural systems. We understand the baroque as an efficient, permanent and dynamic system rather than static one rooted to specific temporal and historical periods. In particular, we focus on how the baroque articulates itself in three spheres of culture: the conceptualization of the baroque; its religious expressions; its mapping of cities. Our team — Neo-Baroque: transcultural and transhistorical efficencies of the Baroque paradigm, and the subject of this blog — explores how and why the baroque persisted and was transformed in the post 18th, varying its identity and modes of expression to meet the needs of different cultural systems and forms of artistic production from the 19th till the 21st century. Members of our team include:

  • Walter Moser, the team leader and the Canada Research Chair in Literary and Cultural Transfers, University of Ottawa, Canada.
  • Jens Baumgarten, História da Arte, Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • Bolívar Echevarría, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City.
  • Hugh Hazelton Spanish, Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Concordia University
  • John G. Hatch, Department of Visual Arts, University of Western Ontario (London, Canada).
  • Monika Kaup, Latin American Literature, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Peter Krieger, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City.
  • Patrick Mahon, Department of Visual Arts, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
  • Angela Ndalianis, Cinema + Cultural Studies, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne.
  • Susa Luna Oñate, is a doctoral candidate of the University of British Columbia.
  • This is a Major Collaborative Research Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The fearless leader and orchestrator of this project is Juan Luis Suarez, Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. For more information, go to: https://wspace.uwo.ca:8443/handle/1996/29