The Director of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, Juan Carlos Moreno Piñero, participated in the opening of the 10th International Encounters on Transitions, entitled “Political Discourse and Transitions: Spain and Europe” in this edition, this Thursday and which will continue taking place at the Central Library of the University Campus in Cáceres until tomorrow.

During his speech, Moreno Piñero defended “open mindedness and the eradication of outdated provincialism” as opposed to those who do everything in their power to raise new frontiers. He, furthermore, claimed that in future editions other transitions, apart from those concerning Europe, should be tackled because the Foundation has an Ibero-American vocation, which makes it look at and reflect on “transitions that sometimes, at the cost of fire and sword, are currently taking place in fraternal countries overseas”.

During a second reflection, the Director of the Foundation alluded to the “shadows” introduced by some historians when dealing with the Spanish period of Transition, although he affirmed that the lights of this historical phenomenon also had to be recognized as it “opened a period of coexistence that was, until then, unknown in our History and which we cannot just neglect”.

To Juan Carlos Moreno, this course fulfils the task of understanding present day history, because it “looks towards our less distant past, because only progress drives human action over the years”.

The Secretary General of the University of Extremadura, Francisco Álvarez, and the Director of these Encounters and Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Extremadura, Marío Díaz Barrado, attended the opening session.

During two days, renowned speakers from the academic field will analyse the thrilling domains of political discourse, especially from an ideological, but also from a communicative point of view as that of the media, which has been determining in transforming conventional political discourses.

Díaz Barrado claimed that in these encounters “subjects that focus on the process of the Spanish Transition itself will be dealt with, apart from other transitions in Eastern Bloc countries, as well as different ways to consider political discourse that have to do with linguistics and social networks”.


In this sense, Díaz Barrado explained that “when analysing political discourse we become aware of the need to combine the old with the new in order to adjust the means of transmission and so that it may be interesting to everyone”.

The Secretary General of the University of Extremadura reflected on the different changes that have taken place in this country since the period of Transition, such as the introduction of new political parties that put an end to the two-party system. Álvarez Arroyo, furthermore, acknowledged that from that period he misses consensus, “in 1978 two opposite poles reached an agreement; the present situation deserves that same consensus”.

The Encounters will go through diverse aspects related to the conceptualisation and articulation of contemporary political discourses, but ,above all, the processes that Spain and Europe have undergone in recent times and the interpretation that those processes have suffered through political discourse will be analysed.

In this manner, the process of European construction can be analysed, beginning with enthusiastic discourse to the most critical or radically opposed. The same may be said regarding the Spanish transition to democracy, which has gone from being praised and promoted to being criticised and even questioned by some sectors.

Among other speakers, Contemporary History Professor at the University of Extremadura, Enrique Moradiellos; editor in chief of Opinión del País, José Andrés Rojo Ramírez; Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Artois, Carmen Pineira-Tresmontant; Co-Director of the Jean Monnet EU-Hope Module on the History of the European Union, Alejandro Cercas Alonso; Professor of Spanish Contemporary History and Civilisation at the University of Nantes, Pilar Martínez-Vasseur; Professor of Laboratory Language Sciences of Political Communication (LCP) at the University of Paris 13, Patrick Charaudeau; María Jesús García Domínguez and Marina Díaz Peralta y Gracia Piñero, and Spanish Language Professors of the IATEXT Group at the University Institute of Textual Analysis and Applications from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, will take part among other experts.

The seminar is organised by the University of Extremadura and Yuste Foundation in cooperation with the Council of Economy, Science and Digital Agenda of the Regional Government of Extremadura; the European Union’s Regional Development Fund; Research Groups: HISTIPRES, IATEXT, CRINI and COTRALIS from the University of Extremadura; the University of Nantes; the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the University D’Artois.