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Spanish Trips: Drugs as Cultural Metaphors in Contemporary Spain

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 12 – 1:30pm

Spanish Trips: Drugs as Cultural Metaphors in Contemporary Spain

A talk by Dr. German Labrador Mendez (Princeton University) as part of the Wellcome Trust ISSF Neurohumanities Public Talks Series.

From dictator Francisco Franco's death to the current economic crisis, drugs have been powerful cultural metaphors for political and social challenges in contemporary Spain, while also fueling social movements and artistic expressions. Sometimes playful and sometimes tragic, regarded with great social acceptance or persecuted by the state, hallucinogens, heroin and designer drugs are part of both the underground and mainstream culture, and have contributed to shaping the image of today's Spain.

In this talk Dr. German Labrador Mendez will look at three moments in which this has particularly been the case: LSD in the fight against Franco's dictatorship; heroin in the beginning of democracy; and the increase in drug abuse after the 2008 crisis.

This event is free to attend but registration is required. Please register here.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Contact Name: Dr Aisling Hume

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