Welcome to the Center for Catalan Studies

Seu Vella (Lleida)

Santa Maria del Mar (Barcelona)

Monestir de Poblet

Llotja (València)

Llotja (Palma)

Catedral (Girona)

Castellet de Perpinyà

Castel Nuovo de Nàpols

Campanar de Sant Francesc de l'Alguer

Vicent Andrés Estellés

Tirant lo Blanch

Salvador Espriu

Ramon Llull (Raimundus Lullius)

Mercè Rodoreda

King Jaume I

Josep Piera

Joan Fuster

Joan Francesc Mira

Francesc Eiximenis

Curial e Güelfa

Bernat Metge

Ausiàs March

The Center for Catalan Studies / Centre d´Estudis Catalans (CSS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara was founded by Profs. Antonio Cortijo Ocaña (UCSB) and Vicent Martines (University of Alicante). As a joint initiative, the CCS is the result of an Agreement of Cooperation between the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Universitat d´Alacant (University of Alicante). The Agreement aims at the dissemination of Catalan culture through research and teaching, the exchange of faculty and students, and the co-organization of international symposia.

The Center has two headquarters: the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCSB; and the Universitat d´Alacant / La Nucía campus (https://web.ua.es/es/seus/lanucia/). Through its association with the Universitat d´Alacant (Departament de Filologia Catalana), the Center is also part of the Institut Superior d'Investigació Cooperativa Institut Virtual de Traducció / IVITRA (a Center of the Universitat d´Alacant devoted to the analysis of Translation, Applied Linguistics, Literary Studies, Theory and Practice of Translation, ICT and Education; http://www.ivitra.ua.es/) and Digicotracam (a major Digital Humanities project sponsored by the Generalitat Valenciana and the European Union Prometeo Projects; http://www.digicotracam.ua.es/).

The Center for Catalan Studies (CCS) is a self-financed research and teaching unit. We envision the CCS as a research unit within the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese (UCSB) intent on analyzing and disseminating the language and culture of the Catalan speaking regions from a comparative Iberian Peninsula perspective. The Center´s mission is the analysis and study of the language and culture of the territories of the old Crown of Aragon (Catalonia proper, València, Balearic Islands, Italy [Naples, Sicily, Sardegna, Corsica], Greece [Duchies of Athens and Neopatria]) within a broad Mediterranean and Transatlantic perspective.

The Center is closely associated with the Institut Virtual de Traducció (Universitat d´Alacant) and with the Internationales Institut für Iberisches Studien (Institut für Romanistik) (Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg), directed by Prof. Hans-Ingo Radatz.In addition, the Center for Catalan Studies (CCS) is also coordinated with BITECA (http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/philobiblon/biteca_en.html).