1st International Congress “Culture from a Multidisciplinary Perspective”


Description and objectives

The Multidisciplinary Research Group in Cultural Studies (GIMEC), created with the support of CEDCS (European Centre for the Dissemination of Social Sciences), invites everybody who is interested to present papers and/or posters for the 1st International Conference “Culture Under Multidisciplinary Perspective,” that will be held at the University of Alcalá (Spain), from the 16th to the 18th of March, 2017.

This Conference is aligned with the work of the “Culture Under Multidisciplinary Perspective” series, developed during the last four years. Our aims are to promote the studies about the complexity of culture and encourage the discussion between other disciplines.


GIMEC was created in September 2012, with the support of the CEDCS (European Centre for the Promotion of Social Sciences), with the aim of raising a broad multidisciplinary framework from where we can approach the concept of culture. In this way, we have managed to correlate seemingly unrelated disciplines, such as health biology, primatology, fine arts, art history, communication sciences, psychology, sociology, etc.

The research group set out to achieve two important aspects:

  1. a) It should have a multidisciplinary approach, with the aim of correlating diverse and seemingly unrelated disciplines.
  2. b) Its object of study should be broad enough to allow research in any aspect directly or indirectly related to culture. The GIMEC group could serve as an umbrella, covering the whole spectrum possible for research proposals.

The European Centre for the Promotion in Social Sciences (CEDCS), was created in 2005 from the archive ‘Archivo de la Frontera,’ created by professor Emilio Sola Ph.D. in 1999, from the Humanities Research Laboratory of the University of Alcalá. Professor Sola collaborated with scholars Laura Massimino, Luis Miguel del Cerro and José Miguel Escribano.

The Centre has been engaged in the field since the year 1999, when Archivo de la Frontera first started. It has launched numerous projects, as well as collaborations and agreements with universities and research centres from all over the world. It has also promoted the integration and structure of many research groups, such as The Complutense Association of Socioeconomic Research on Latin America, the Research Group ‘The Espionage of XVI-XXI centuries’, Educational Innovation experiences, Global Frontier Research Group: Colonial World and the Mediterranean, XVI-XXI centuries; Interpretation, Writing and Literacy Research Group, Interdisciplinary Seminar on Written Culture Studies; as well as our own Multidisciplinary Research Group in Cultural Studies (GIMEC).


European Centre for the Dissemination of Social Sciences (CEDCS), University of Alcalá and Council of Alcala de Henares.






The Multidisciplinary Research Group in Cultural Studies (GIMEC) has made connections between history, philosophy and biology, in order to address the discussion about Culture. Therefore, this Conference is open to accept any proposal, regardless of academic discipline, which relates directly or indirectly to Culture (culture understood in a broad meaning).

The Conference will include several sections:

  • Genealogy and origin of culture
  • Communication and language
  • Art and representation
  • The problem of place and the property
  • Educational culture
  • Other proposals

Evaluation Committee

  • Pablo M. Testa (Coord. GIMEC, Alcalá de Henares University)
  • Griselda VIlar Sastre (GIMEC, Jaume I University)
  • Pablo R. Ayuso (GIMEC)
  • Fátima G. Candela (GIMEC, Alcalá de Henares University)
  • Rafael Moreno-Gómez-Toledano (GIMEC)
  • Esteban Martínez (GIMEC)
  • Carlos Jiménez Romera (GIMEC)
  • Miguel Vicente Mariño (Valladolid University)
  • Miquel Llorente (Mona Fundation, Girona University)
  • Josefa Toro Nozal (Full Professor of Biochemistry Alcalá de Henares University)
  • Emilio Sola (Alcalá de Henares University)
  • Miguel Ángel Bunes (CSIC)
  • Yolanda Aixelà (CSIC)
  • Josep Call (Max Planck Institute)
  • Antonio Castillo (Alcalá de Henares University)
  • José Antonio González (Full Professor of Social Anthropology Granada University, Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences)
  • Verónica Sierra ( Alcalá de Henares University)
  • María Jesús Viguera Molins (Full Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies Complutense University of Madrid, Royal Academy of History)
  • Sonja Brentjes (Max Planck Institute)
  • Brendan Dooley (Cork University)
  • Pedro Pérez Herrero (Full Professor of American History  Alcalá de Henares University)
  • Germán Cano (Alcalá de Henares University)
  • Cristelle Baskins (Tufts University)
  • David González (Heritage Sciences Institute CSIC, Durham University)
  • Esteban Stepanian (Carlos III University)
  • Jorge Cano (Carlos III University)
  • Louie Dean Valencia-García (Harvard University, Fordham University of NY)
  • Sandra Valdettaro (Universidad Nacional de Rosario)
  • Magda Polo Pujadas (Universitat de Barcelona)
  • Xosé Aviñoa (Full Professor Universitat de Barcelona)
  • Tess Knighton [(University Of Cambridge, ICREA Research Professor at the Institució Milà i Fontanals (CSIC)]
  • Mª Blanca Lozano (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Josep Martí (CSIC)
  • Edgar Cabanas (Max Planck Institut , Universidad Camilo José Cela)
  • Enrico Mora (Univeristat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Ramón Sánchez Viedma (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Javier Pericacho (Universidad Antonio Nebrija)

Registration and key dates


The Multidisciplinary Research Group in Cultural Studies (GIMEC), the European Centre for the Dissemination of Social Sciences (CEDCS) and the organizing committee of the First International Conference “CULTURE FROM A MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE” are pleased to invite you to submit academic work proposals in the form of papers or posters.

Proposals for abstracts of both communications and posters should be sent in English or Spanish (the official conference languages) and/or other co-official languages of Spain to gimec@cedcs.eu. Please specify in the email subject whether it is an essay, an abstract a paper or a poster.

Registration fees:

  • General: 50 € / person.
  • Unemployed (demonstrated by appropriate documentation): 15 € / person .
  • Poster registration: free.


The First International Conference “CULTURE FROM A MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE” (CICM) organized by the GIMEC will be held at the University of Alcalá de Henares, from March 16th to the 18th, 2017.

  • Deadline for abstract submission: January 15th, 2017
  • Acceptance notification: February 1st-3rd, 2017
  • Conference registration: February 4th – 20th, 2017
  • Conference: March 16th-18th, 2017
  • Deadline for paper submission: June 31st, 2017

Submission Guidelines

Submission rules for Abstracts/Papers:


Our Multidisciplinary Research Group in Cultural Studies (GIMEC) combines academic disciplines such as history, philosophy and biology in order to address diverse topics related culture. We are, therefore, welcoming every proposal, regardless of academic discipline, whether related directly or indirectly to culture as understood in its broadest sense. To encompass and frame this conference from the Organising Committee, we propose the following themes:

  • Genealogy and origin of culture
  • Language and communication
  • Art and representation
  • The study of space and property
  • Educational culture
  • Other proposals

B. Abstracts submission guidelines

  • Abstracts must be between 150-250 words and must be submitted before January 15th, 2017. They can be either for a talk or for a poster. Once received, the Organising Committee will notify applicants before February 3rd whether it has been accepted or not.
  • All abstracts must be submitted and presented in any language of the Spanish State, including Portuguese and French. Abstracts may be submitted in English as well, and must  always be preceded by a summary in Spanish and/or English. The oral presentation should be in either Spanish or English.
  • All abstracts must have a title written in Times New Roman, 14, bold, centered
  • The body of the abstract must use the following format: Times New Roman 11, and 1,15 spacing. There must be 3-5 key words written in Times New Toman, 10, italic bold.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by email (gimec@cedcs.eu). Two documents must be attached to the email: An unsigned abstract and author information (author’s first and last name, contact details and institutional affiliation). It must be specified whether the proposal is intended as a talk or a poster.
  • The duration of the oral presentation should be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for possible questions.
  • The subject of the email must contain the words: “Abstract CICM”

C. Papers submission guidelines

  • Papers must have a maximum length of 12 pages (not including bibliography). This presentation must be in Word format. The text must be in Times New Roman 12, 1.5 spacing, simple indentation, adjusted.
  • Title must be in Times New Roman 14
  • The rules of submission outlined in the B section (Abstract Submission Guidelines) related to the abstract will apply to paper submissions as well.
  • Mandatory bibliographical quotes must follow Harvard quotation rules.
  • The language of this paper/talk can be any language of the Spanish State or in English.
  • The subject of the email must contain the words: “Paper CICM”

D. Acceptation of Abstracts and Papers

  • All proposals will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and Review Committee of the Conference, according to the guidelines outlined above.
  • The Committee will review the content and scientific quality of the proposal. Based on this information, they will proceed to either accept or reject the proposal.
  • Papers/abstracts could be rejected if they don’t follow the format rules or the conference proposed topics.
  • The review will follow a of double-blind peer review process.
  • The Scientific Committee will notify the accepted proposals by email.

E. Certification

  • The Scientific Committee will issue an attendance and collaboration certificate to everybody involved that has properly completed the enrollment process.

F. Enrollment to the Congress

Will include:

  • Entrance to all conference sessions
  • Assistance materials
  • Dinner on Friday the 17th of March, plus all scheduled artistic activities (concerts, exhibitions, book presentations, etc…)
  • One of the following three tours in Alcala de Henares, held on Saturday, the18th of March: (1) A tour of the monuments in the city, (2) An environmental tour of the city, (3) A tour of the history of the Labor movement in Alcalá de Henares.
  • Attendance or/and collaboration certificate

G. Application process

  • Application for registration must be sent by email to gimec@cedcs.eu
  • Registration fee must be paid through the link provided in the previous email

H. Cancellation Policy

  • All application cancellations must be made in written form and sent to gimec@cedcs.eu

Programme and Other Information


Thursday, the16th of March, 2017

  • 08:00 to 09:00 – Registration
  • 09:00 to 09:30 – Keynote Speech
  • 09:30 to 11:15 – Opening Speeches
  • 11:15 to 11:45 – Coffee break
  • 11:45 to 14:30 – 1st Panel
  • 14:30 to 16:00 –  Lunch Break
  • 16:00 to 19:30 – 2nd Panel

Friday, the 17th of March, 2017

  • 09:30 to 11:15 – 3rd Panel
  • 11:15 to 11:45 – Coffee break
  • 11:45 to 14:30 – 4th Panel
  • 14:30 to 16:00 – Lunch Break
  • 16:00 to 19:30 – 5th Panel & Posters
  • * 21:00 Dinner and concert

Saturday, the 18th of March, 2017

  • 09:30 to 11:15 – 6th Panel & Posters
  • 11:15 to 11:45 – Coffee Break
  • 11:45 to 13:00 – Closing Speech
  • ** 17:00 Visits


* Important: Advanced registration is required. The last day to register is the 17th of March at 10:00 am.
** Important: Advanced registration is required. The last day to register is the 15th of March at 11:00 am.

Other information

  • Location: University of Alcalá
  • Building and rooms: Pending

More information about accommodation, how to arrive, places of interest, etc… will be shared soon.



  • GIMEC: gimec@cedcs.eu
  • Coordinator: Pablo M. Testa pablomtesta@cedcs.eu

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Publication of communications

The Conference Proceedings will be published a month after the Conference, including all abstracts submitted and validated for publication.

Similarly,applicants who wish to submit their paper to be published have until June 30th to submit. Acceptance notification will be sent between July 20-25th. The papers will be published in the digital magazine issued by the GIMEC: Cultural Studies, indexed in Archivos de la Frontera [Border Archives], ISBN 978-84-690-5859-6. This magazine hich is part of the Network of International Archives of UNESCO (UNESCO Archives Portal).

Academic papers published in Archivos de la Frontera have considerable impact, given the network of research centers and universities that collaborate or have agreements with the Centre. Thus, it is noteworthy to be recognized by UNESCO, among others, which includes the ‘Archives de la Frontera’ as one of its indexed files.


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Info Evento

  • Lugar: University of Alcala de Henares (Spain)
  • Fecha: From the 16th to 18th of March 2017
  • Organiza: GIMEC - CEDCS
  • Web: http://www.archivodelafrontera.com/frontera/grupos-de-investigacion/grupo-de-investigacion-multidisciplinar-en-estudios-culturales-gimec/
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  • Email: gimec@cedcs.eu
  • Contacto: Pablo M. Testa
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