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On the polysemic nature of Iberian Studies: Definitions, spaces, limits

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This article aims to clarify the polysemic nature of Iberian Studies, marked by a multiplicity of definitions, objectives, objects and methodologies that sometimes impede collaboration or even communication between different research traditions on both sides of the Atlantic. Without denying the specificity and unity of the field, I propose that we distinguish between three definitions or configurations: Iberian Studies as a multicultural expansion of Hispanism; Iberian Studies as a subfield of Comparative Literature (or Comparative Cultural Studies); and Iberian Studies as a form of Area Studies. This plural definition of the field will better allow us to understand its future possibilities, but also its dangers and limitations.
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Keywords: Area Studies; Comparative Literature; Hispanism; Iberian Studies; academic field; space

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Lisbon

Publication date: June 1, 2019

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  • The International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS) is the academic journal for scholars from around the world whose research focuses on contemporary Spain and Portugal from a range of disciplinary perspectives. IJIS is interested in history (20th century onwards), government and politics; foreign policy and international relations.
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