24 October to 5 November 2016
Andrew Dowling has nearly twenty years’ experience researching in the terrain of Catalan nationalism, politics and history and lived for seven years in the city of Barcelona, providing him with excellent insight into its internal political dynamics. He is regularly consulted by several international media for his insight into the current Catalan question.
He is the author of a monograph entitled Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War: Reconstructing the Nation (Sussex Academic Press, 2012), which has also been published in Catalan (Pasado y Presente, 2013). His recent published work includes articles in the European History Quarterly and the Journal of Contemporary History. Other work includes The Politics of Contemporary Spain (Routledge, 2005) and articles in the International Journal of Iberian Studies and Catalan Review. He is completing a book entitled ‘Catalan Independence and the Future of the Spanish State (Ashgate), which will be published in 2017.
Since the mid-2000s, we have witnessed a historic break in the trajectory and development of Catalan nationalism as it has shifted from the embrace of autonomy to a commitment to political independence. This represents a historic break for the national movement as support for independence hovered at around 10 per cent until 2005 but by September 2015 it reached a level of 48 per cent of Catalan voters. My study, entitled ‘Catalan Independence and the Future of the Spanish State’, will examine this development, firmly locating Catalonia within the Spanish and European crises of recent years. Furthermore, the book is not a narrow study of Catalonia, as it takes into account not only the body of work on nationalism, secession, crisis and political representation but also places the study within a European comparative framework. ‘Catalan Independence and the Future of the Spanish State’ would provide the first systematic examination of Catalan independence for the educated lay reader. A book appearing in mid-2017 allows for a study which will not be constrained by the uncertainties associated with the immediate future.