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Spain in the Modern World

Program Full for Summer 2019

Thank you for your interest in the Spain in the Modern World Global Seminar. Summer 2019 Global Seminars are no longer accepting applications. The website will be updated in September, with a fresh new list of programs for Summer 2020! In the meantime, please review the First Steps to studying abroad. Please contact the Study Abroad Office if you need help finding an alternate program.



Pamela Radcliff

Pamela RadcliffPamela Radcliff is chair of the History Department and a historian of Modern Spain, whose research has focused on mass politics, gender, civil society and democratic transitions.  Her recently published book, Making Democratic Citizens, explores the grass-roots contribution of ordinary men and women to Spain’s much celebrated democratic transition of the 1970s, through the lens of their participation in civic associations founded under the dictatorship. She has been carrying out research in Madrid for thirty years and has been teaching the two courses offered on this program for more than twenty years. Professor Radcliff received her B.A. from Scripps College and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Dates Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 29, 2019
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2019
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 1, 2019
First Day of Class: Mon., July 1, 2019
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 2, 2019
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 3, 2019

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to make your flight arrangements to arrive in the Madrid airport (MAD) between 8AM and 10AM local time on June 30th in order to utilize the program shuttle airport pick up. If you do not plan to take advantage of the airport pick up and will be arriving later in the day, please make sure you are still arriving during daylight hours or it could pose a problem for your housing check-in.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information. 
Info Sessions
  • There are no upcoming info sessions for this Global Seminar

Why You Should Go

The location of Madrid, Spain will serve as an ideal site to introduce students to the process of building the modern nation-state, one of the key themes of both courses. This program will integrate the geography, museums and monuments of the vibrant city of Madrid into the participants' educational experience. Viewing this process from Madrid also opens the door to a broader discussion of what we might call the “center/periphery” divide in modern global history. The divide between the wealthy and poor regions of the world, or what we would now loosely call the global north and south, began to widen dramatically from the early 19th century, accelerating in the 20th. All the way up to the last quarter of the 20th century, Spain occupied an intermediate space between “center” and “periphery”, on the periphery of a Western Europe it was always trying to catch up with, but leading the way, both economically and politically, for other less developed nations in the 20th century. In Spain’s troubled and tumultuous modernization over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, we can trace many of the paradoxes, conundrums and obstacles faced by the many new and struggling nations in the 20th century global order.

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