Félix Mathieu | Ph.D. Researcher in political science

I have taken part to the Faber Thematic Residency on Political Philosophy in March-April 2019. I have enjoyed my two-week stay at so many levels. The Faber Residency in Olot is situated in a magnificent and inspiring environment for writing and developing new ideas. The working space is well equipped, and the Faber staff makes sure the residents have everything they need. I really think Francesc Serés and his team have achieved to find the best formula for this kind of residency program.

Having shared my stay with several other colleagues working on similar, yet different issues have provided me with inestimable input. Both informal discussions over breakfast or dinner and more formal ones during the seminar on Legitimacy and Processes of Self-determination have contributed greatly to my experience.

In particular, during my stay I have completed a draft version of a research article, Fragile Nations, Legitimacy and Processes of Self-determination: The Case of Catalonia. I have also worked on the theoretical and analytical framework of my ongoing PhD thesis, which focuses on a comparative study that analyses the evolution of power relations between minority nations and the sovereign state in which they evolve.

Olot is a wonderful place to go out for a run during the day, or to explore surrounding villages by bicycle. For these reasons and for many others, I think Faber is amongst the leader in providing such an inspiring environment for encountering new colleagues and ideas.