Solidarity, Change and Resistance in a Threatened World: The Transformative Power of the Humanities in the Twenty-first Century

A blended intensive programme (BIP) offered by a consortium made up by the University of the Balearic Islands (leader), the University of Bucharest, Pavol Jozef Safárik University in Kosice and Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, with the cooperation of the University of Oviedo, the University of Sussex, Østfold University College, the University of Santiago de Compostela and the University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”.

The BIP, convened by José Igor Prieto Arranz, Rubén Jarazo Álvarez and Fruela Fernández Iglesias, was conceived of as a dissemination activity of the research project SOLIDARITIES (PID2021-127052OB-I00), funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and by ‘ERDF A way of making Europe’.

The programme, addressing graduate students (essentially Master’s students and PhD candidates) from throughout Europe, started with an online module which introduced the BIP’s most important topics, including (1) the rise of a new cultural sensibility accounting for the re-emergence of the politics of place, renewed forms of nationalism, the shifts of political ideologies (the rise of the far right and the emergence of anti-establishment movements) and even Islamic fundamentalism; (2) climate change (and how literature and film can help raise awareness); and (3) how social, ethical and ecological commitment can also be found in cultural products other than literature and film (which humanities students are by far best acquainted with).

The online modules were delivered throughout Spring 2023 and were complemented with an in-person summer school  held in Majorca on 3-8 July 2023. This in-person event involved 20 different sessions structured into six thematic modules. Further information concerning these sessions can be found at

Five members of the SOLIDARITIES research team were involved in this BIP: Prof Isabel Carrera Suárez, Dr Carla Rodríguez, José Igor Prieto Arranz,  Fruela Fernández Iglesias and Patricia Bastida Rodríguez.