I am currently working towards a new understanding of contemporary Spain as an example of postcolonial conflict: that is, as a country where unequal power relations among its internal cultures (Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque) have given rise to discursive and material forms of conflict, today reaching a historical peak that may lead to separation.
1) In the first instance, I am studying the Spanish postcolonial conflict as a historiographical battle, often waged in the field of historical practice (the controversy surrounding the conference ‘Espanya contra Catalunya: Una mirada històrica, 1714-2014′ is a recent example).
2) Secondly, I am studying how the Spanish postcolonial conflict underlies the various national political cultures in Spain (Basque, Catalan, Galician, Spanish) and its associated national imaginaries. Following from my work on the Galician-Spanish conflict, here I focus on the dialectical interplay of (colonial) stereotypes and counter-stereotypes (often related to notions of masculinity) informing different nationally-defined political cultures in Spain.
3) Finally, my project tries to reframe the question of Spanish democratic consensus since 1978 as a programme that favoured the soft treatment of Spanish internal differences in a variety of (often humorous) media, literary and journalistic practices, at the cost of relegating cultural products that engage with the Spanish postcolonial question to ostracism and resourcelessness.