ISPS Fourth Meeting


We are pleased to announce the fourth annual meeting of the International Society for Polysystem Studies which will be held on October 21-23, 2019 at Bilbao (Euskadi).

The keynote speaker for the conference, which is being sponsored the University of the Basque Country will be Darío Villanueva of the University of Santiago de Compostela and the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language. His talk will be followed by what we hope will be a robust program of roundtable discussions.

Founded in 2015, the International Society for Polysystem Studies is dedicated to strengthening and extending the application of rigorously grounded “relational thinking” to the study of culture. The prime theoretical point of departure for our efforts is the body of cultural theory generated over the last several decades by Itamar Even-Zohar, founder of the Unit of Culture Research at Tel Aviv University.

In keeping with Itamar Even-Zohar’s core emphasis on the inherent dynamism and mutability of culture, the Society has few formal structures. We charge no fees and issue no membership cards. We do ask, however, that those who attend our meetings come prepared to analyze the enormous cultural heterogeneity of our planet in a spirit of joy and fellowship.

The Organizing Committee (Thomas S. Harrington, Jon Kortazar, Rakefet Sela-Sheffy, Jaume Subirana)