Fri Feb 08 01:00:00 CET 2019

The Xunta and the Institute of Fine Arts sign an agreement to hold a unique international symposium on the Camino in New York in 2020

  • The signed document includes the proposal to prepare an updated publication in English as a result of this meeting
  • Feijóo advances that the symposium, which will be coordinated by two scholars of the stature of Robert A. Maxwell and Manuel Castiñeira, will address the different ways in which the Jacobean routes were permeable to the creation of ideas, dreams and stories
  • “We are talking about a meeting to which specialists from all fields will be invited: from history of art, literature, folklore and history," he says, underlining that the conclusions will be very useful in academic fields as well as humanistic
  • Feijóo encourages us to evaluate how the spirit of the Camino could be transferred to humanity today, "because if we were the first to tear down the walls which isolated Europeans from the past, now we want to be with those who believe that the defence of what is our own is not done by separating, but by uniting"

New York, February 8, 2019

After a meeting with businessmen, the president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, continued his agenda with the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) for the organisation, in 2020, of an international symposium on the Camino of Santiago which will take place in the city of New York.

At the signing ceremony, Feijóo wanted to thank the IFA for its commitment to the Jacobean route and its international projection, through the joint organisation of this unique meeting between European and American scholars on the Jacobean routes and under the proposal to prepare an updated publication in English on this topic.

Furthermore, the head of the Galician Government said that the symposium, which will be coordinated by two scholars of the stature of Robert A. Maxwell and Manuel Castiñeiras, will address the different ways in which the Camino was permeable to the creation of thoughts and ideas, dreams and stories, romances and epic songs. “We are talking about a meeting which will invite specialists from all fields such as art history, literature, folklore and history, in order to give a broad vision on the construction of the image and imagination of these routes" he explained, underlining that the conclusions which will be drawn will be very useful, not only in the more academic fields but also in the more humanistic.

"The Camino de Santiago is the representation of a human capacity which is often forgotten. That consistent ability in which each individual, each region, each town can leave its mark on the common path that we all travel,” he added, stressing that the meeting will go far beyond the collection of specialised analysis. Not in vain does this ancient phenomenon, which fructified in an infinity of thoughts and ideas, of dreams and stories, of romances and epic songs, continue to mark thousands of men and women every year, and more and more with increasing intensity.

Feijóo concluded by encouraging to also evaluate how the spirit of the Camino could be transferred to humanity today, "because if we were the first to demolish the walls which isolated Europeans from the past, now we want to be with those who believe that the defence of our own is not done by separating, but by uniting."

The president of the Xunta will end the day by visiting the Cervantes Institute, where the presentation of the academic program linked to the exhibition Os Adeuses will take place, organised by the Consello da Cultura Galega, the council which focuses on Galician culture.