Issue 6 of Dictatorships & Democracies now available

Subject:  Arts and humanities
Man with laptop
The new issue, which takes an interdisciplinary and global perspective, reflects how the focus of the journal jointly published by the UOC and Fundació Carles Pi i Sunyer truly has been expanded.

From Brazilian poetry in Catalonia during the post-war period to protest songs and revolutionary poetry during the Sandinista Revolution; from the experience of the Organización de Izquierda Comunista in the 1970s to a review of studies on the Russian Revolution…

Diverse disciplines (politics, culture and economics) from different areas of the world but with a common denominator: the study of contemporary societies through the lens of social and intellectual movements and democratization processes.

“In the humanities and social sciences in general, journals with an interdisciplinary approach are increasingly more necessary because they foster dialogue between subjects and fields of study, which are usually excessively compartmentalized”, argues Dr Olívia Gassol, professor at the UOC’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities and editor-in-chief of Dictatorships & Democracies.

It has been two and a half years since the journal jointly published by the UOC and Fundació Carles Pi i Sunyer expanded its thematic focus. “We are very happy with the results achieved so far”, adds Gassol.

What themes are covered in this issue?

Jordi Vilaró Berdusan

The way Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof overcame Francoist censorship. It follows the whole process that the play had to go through to achieve permission to be performed. The article includes fragments of the censors’ reports to illustrate theatre censorship’s criteria and mechanisms during the dictatorship.

Jordi Cerdà Subirachs 

Brazilian poetry in Catalonia during the post-war period. By way of a final colophon in this article, two letters written by the poet Cabral de Melo to Joan Brossa are published.

Helena Saavedra Mitjans 

The female university student population in the first period of the Franco regime (1939-1957) and throughout the 20th century (1917-1987). A study to assess the growth dynamic of women in the university system.

Julián Vadillo Muñoz 

A literary review of the main works about the Russian Revolution and the lines of research recently opened.

Xavier Puigarnau Torelló 

An analysis of the lines of action and political priorities of the Government of Catalonia through its finances in the first French exile.

Joel Sans Molas 

Study on revolutionary left-wing organizations in Spain during the 1970s, taking as an example the Organización de Izquierda Comunista (Organization of Communist Left, OIC).

Belén Amador Rodríguez, Johanna Gabriela Cisneros Palacios

A discourse analysis of musical pieces and poems to explore their role as instruments of mobilization during the Sandinista Revolution (1977-1979) in Nicaragua.