Pilar Farrés, “Enganxats per la crisi,” mixed media on wood, 50 x 70 cm.

I am currently completing a book, tentatively titled Dream Traffickers: A Cultural History of the Spanish Crisis, on five cultural touchstones in Spain thrown into relief by the Great Recession: intellectual authority, development, populism, colonial nostalgia, and memorialization. It argues that the decade-long struggle over how to address these aspects of Spanish society birthed a number of anti-institutional practices that have today become more general features of the global response to the economic crisis of 2008. Combining literary criticism with media theory, political theory, and intellectual history, the book aims to explain the role of aesthetic culture in transforming Spain into one of the most compelling cases of mass politicization in recent memory. The book draws from my recent articles on contemporary Iberian populism (forthcoming in Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies) and the conservative reaction to it (Radical Philosophy).

I am also working on two book projects that explore earlier moments in Iberian history. The first, provisionally titled Intellectual Refuge: Carl Schmitt in Spain, examines the Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt’s relationships with the people, institutions, and thinkers of pre- and postwar Spain. It considers, on the one hand, the importance of such figures as Don Quixote, Francisco de Vitoria, and Juan Donoso Cortés for Schmitt’s political philosophy and jurisprudence; and, on the other, the relationships he maintained with Eugeni and Álvaro d’Ors, the Instituto de Estudios Políticos, and others during the Francoist period. The second project, provisionally titled The Rebellious Atlantic: Spanish Romanticism and the Imperial Economy, studies how romanticism shaped and challenged Spain’s imperial economy following the Constitution of Cádiz in 1812, including the role romantics played in exporting economic liberalism to Latin America. This project builds on Political Romanticism in the Americas, a volume I’m co-editing with Ana Sabau, and my own article on José Zorrilla’s Mexican period (both forthcoming in Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies).