postertransicionThe European Academy of Yuste Foundation is offering a program of 35 grants to cover board and lodging expenses for the “7th Encounters on the Spanish Transition to Democracy” which, on this occasion, will focus on “Culture and the media in democratic Spain and their projection towards Europe” and open the Campus Yuste 2016 schedule.

The meeting, for which registration is free, will take place between 7 and 8 April at the Royal Monastery of Yuste, a special setting of great symbolic value for the European memory in the town of Cuacos de Yuste (Cáceres), and will be led by Mario Díaz Barrado, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Extremadura.

This year’s event, which is organized jointly with the University of Extremadura and the King Juan Carlos University, addresses the subject of “Culture and the media in democratic Spain and their projection towards Europe”, one of the most interesting areas of the transformation process of Spanish society, especially from the nineteen eighties onwards. The encounter will cover the period from the proposals of the latter years of the Franco regime to the emergence of the anti-Franco culture and the opening up of the country to the European cultural spheres of the time. In turn, it will study the world of the media and the revolution it underwent during the transition, culminating in a new environment for the printed press and publishing, but also for the audiovisual world until the arrival of the private television channels.

The grants are designed for students who are doing university studies for official qualifications during the 2015- 2016 academic year in any of the countries of the European Union and will be awarded taking into account the average marks of the applicants’ academic records. The period for submitting applications for the grants will end on 21 March, although the course registration period will be open until the day before it begins and the number of places available is covered.

20 of the grants on offer are reserved on a priority basis for students enrolled in the EU-HOPE Jean Monnet Module and students of the Degree in History and Artistic Heritage of the University of Extremadura by virtue of the agreement signed by both entities within the framework of which this Encounter is organized.

Those interested can view the schedule and the terms and conditions of the call for grants and register on the website at

The Encounter will also feature the collaboration of the Government of Extremadura, the University of Extremadura, the EU-HOPE Jean Monnet Module, the Group of Contemporary History of the University of Extremadura, the European Union (through the European Regional Development Fund), the Provincial Councils of Cáceres and Badajoz, National Heritage, the Almaraz Nuclear Power Station and the Centre for Latin American Studies of the King Juan Carlos University.


Based on a historical concern but also on the growing perception that the period of the Transition to democracy has become an essential yardstick for our current political and social system, this annual encounter in Yuste, which reaches its seventh year, establishes itself with the aim of reflecting on the above historical period, contemplating the perspective of time and making it possible to take stock of the changing perception of the Transition until today. In the same way, we will examine the European perspective, analysing how the European Community, the current-day European Union, has influenced the success of the Spanish Transition to democracy and the projection that the latter has had on the process of European integration.

The Yuste Encounters are organized in partnership with the Group of Contemporary  History of the University of Extremadura


Campus Yuste is an event created by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation for its educational activities, based on encouraging debate and the reflection of students, researchers and professionals on European affairs.

The last Yuste Encounters, held in October 2014, covered “Economy and Society in Spain: from the latter years of the Franco regime to integration into Europe” and was attended by professors from different Spanish and European universities.