Gardens, History, and Emigration. A lecture by Daniel Valera

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June 2024



On June 7th and 8th, 2024, Boal will be the stage for the IV Symposium on Emigration. Organized by the Boal City Council in collaboration with the University of Oviedo and the Indianos del Norte initiative, the symposium pays homage to Asturias' rich migratory history and brings together experts and researchers in the field of migration studies from across the country.


During these two days, prominent academics will present papers on various aspects of Galician and Asturian emigration, covering its social and economic impact as well as its cultural legacy. This year, the inclusion of the topic of Indian gardens stands out, recognizing their importance as a testament to the emigrants' legacy. Daniel Valera, director of the research project Indian Garden Observatory, will present the lecture titled «The 'Jardín Indiano' Observatory». In his presentation, he will talk about how these gardens symbolize the connection between Asturias and America, reflecting both the success and nostalgia of the emigrants.

Since its first edition, the symposium has addressed crucial topics such as the influence of emigration on the socio-economic transformation of Asturias and Galicia. The studies presented have analyzed the integration of emigrants in Latin America and the impact of remittances on the communities of origin, offering a deep insight into the effects of emigration on both sides of the Atlantic. This year, the IV Symposium on Emigration in Boal promises to continue this tradition of excellence, providing new perspectives and consolidating its importance in the field of migration studies.

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June 7th

11:00 Inauguration
11:30 Vicente Peña Saavedra: "Weaving Ties. Galician Emigrants and the First Children's School Press in Galicia (1905-1915)"
12:15 José Manuel Prieto Fernández del Viso: "Asturian Societies in Argentina: Social Evolution and Relations with Spain (1936-1975)"
13:00 Raúl Soutelo Vázquez: "Galician Emigrants in the Atlantic Space during the 1950s and 1960s: Characteristics, Changes, and Research Proposals"
16:15 Isidro Dubert García: "The Study of Galician Emigration and its Historical and Social Implications"
17:00 María González Blanco: "The New Galician Emigration to Europe. An Educational Approach" 17:45 Marina Hansen: "Immigration and Multilingualism in Argentina: An Interdisciplinary Approach"
19:00 Juan Méjica García and Benjamín Méndez García: "The Urban Migration of Americans in Western Asturias"
19:45 Ana María Fernández Romero: "Indian Remittances in Asturias during the 16th and 17th Centuries"

June 8th

10:00 Rubén Sánchez Domínguez: "Crystallized Nostalgia: Monuments, Statues, Tributes, and Representations of Emigration to America"
10:45 Daniel Valera Granda: "The 'Jardín Indiano' Observatory"
12:00 Asunción Merino Hernando: "Spanish Emigration and its Transnational Political Mobilization"
12:45 Juan Andrés Blanco Rodríguez and Arsenio Dacosta Martínez: "Challenges of a Legacy at Risk: The Case of the Heritage of Spanish Emigrant Communities Abroad"
14:00 Closing

For more information about this year's program and details of previous editions, visit Boal en América. This event, which will be held this week, is open to all interested parties.