Spring conference in Salamanca

26–28 April 2018

At the invitation of the University of Salamanca, which is celebrating the 800th anniversary of its foundation, the German Academy for Language and Literature held its conference in Salamanca. The conference programme was deliberately geared towards this location, which plays a special role in European cultural history. It is the setting of the story of The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes, which is considered in literature history as the pioneer of the picaresque novel; here, the School of Salamanca developed into the intellectual centre of early modern scholasticism, and pioneered modern international law.

The conference was devoted to examining these great literary and scientific traditions, assessing the importance of Spanish literature in Germany and vice versa, as well as looking into questions of literary translation. The centrepiece of the conference was the exchange with Spanish authors. On the last day of the conference, the Johann Heinrich Voss Prize 2018 for translation was awarded to Wolfgang Schlüter and the Friedrich Gundolf Prize 2018 for the promotion of German culture abroad to Miguel Sáenz. Further information about the programme can be found under events.

Organised in cooperation with the University of Salamanca and with the kind support of the German Embassy in Spain.