Laura Borràs

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Laura Borràs
Laura Borràs retrat oficial 2018.jpg
Borràs in June 2018
Minister of Culture of Catalonia
In office
2 June 2018 – 25 March 2019
PresidentQuim Torra
Preceded byLluís Puig
(Direct rule from 27 October 2017)
Succeeded byMariàngela Vilallonga
Member of the Catalan Parliament
for the Province of Barcelona
Assumed office
17 January 2018
Personal details
Born
Laura Borràs i Castanyer

(1970-10-05) 5 October 1970 (age 48)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Political partyIndependent
Other political
affiliations
Junts per Catalunya, Crida Nacional
Spouse(s)Xavier Botet
Children1
ResidenceBarcelona
Alma materUniversity of Barcelona
OccupationPhilologist, academic

Laura Borràs i Castanyer (born 5 October 1970) is a Spanish Catalan philologist, academic and politician.

Born in 1970 in Barcelona, Borràs studied philology at the University of Barcelona (UB) before becoming an academic. She taught at UB and the Open University of Catalonia. Between 2013 and 2018 she was director of the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes.

Borràs was elected to the Parliament of Catalonia at the 2017 regional election as an independent candidate for the pro-independence Junts per Catalunya electoral alliance. Between June 2018 and March 2019 she was the Counselor of Culture of Quim Torra's cabinet.

Early life[edit]

Borràs was born on 5 October 1970 in Barcelona, Catalonia.[1] She received a degree in Catalan philology (1993) and a doctorate in Romance philology (1997) from the University of Barcelona (UB).[2][3] She received a European doctorate in 1997 and a special Ph.D. in 1998.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Borràs joined UB in 1995 as an associate lecturer in the Department of Romance.[4] She was a lecturer in the university's Department of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from 1998 to 2013.[5] She was the university's academic director of the master's degree in literature in the digital era.[5][6] Borràs was also professor of humanities and philology studies at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) from 1999 and 2007 and professor of languages and cultures from 2007 to 2009.[5] She was a visiting professor at Kingston University from 2010 to 2012.[6]

Borràs is a member of the Electronic Literature Organization's International Literary Advisory Board, a member and lecturer of the European Studies Doctorate Program in Literary Interzones, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (University of Bergamo) and the Erasmus Intensive Program (University of Paris 8).[7] She has been a jury member for the Sant Jordi Prize, the Ramon Llull Prize and the Catalan Letters Prize.[7]

Borràs was in charge of the 2012 centenary celebrations of Joan Sales i Vallès, Pere Calders and Avel·lí Artís-Gener (Tísner) organised by the Generalitat de Catalunya and City of Barcelona.[7][8][9] She helped design the website celebrating the 2013 centenary of Salvador Espriu.[7] She was also in charge of the celebration of Caterina Albert (Víctor Català) (2016) and Montserrat Abelló i Soler (2018).[6] Borràs was director of the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes, an agency that promotes the work of Catalan authors, from January 2013 to January 2018.[10][11][12]

Borràs and other members of the Catalan government on 2 June 2018

Borràs contested the 2017 regional election as an independent Junts per Catalunya (JuntsxCat) electoral alliance candidate in the Province of Barcelona and was elected to the Parliament of Catalonia.[13][14] At the election Catalan secessionists retained a slim majority in the Catalan Parliament.[15][16] On 19 May 2018 newly elected President Quim Torra nominated a new government in which Lluís Puig, who was living in exile, was to be Counselor of Culture.[17][18][19] However, the Spanish government condemned the inclusion of jailed/exiled politicians in the government as provocative and refused to approve Torra's appointments or to revoke direct rule.[20][21][22] Faced with this opposition Torra announced a new government on 29 May 2018 without the jailed/exiled politicians.[23][24] Borràs was to be Counselor of Culture in the new government.[25][26][27] She was sworn in on 2 June 2018 at the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya.[28][29][30]

In March 2019, she announced that she would contest 2019 Spanish general elections, again as an independent Junts per Catalunya (JuntsxCat) electoral alliance candidate in the Province of Barcelona.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Borràs is married to doctor Xavier Botet and has a daughter, Marta.[12][32]

Published works[edit]

Borràs has written several books and articles on contemporary literature, theatre, cinema and literature, including:[6]

  • Per què Llegir els Clàssics Avui, (2011, Ara Llibres; ISBN 9788492907977)
  • Dos Amants com Nosaltres (2012, Ara Llibres; ISBN 9788415224495)
  • Under Construction: Literatures Digitals i Aproximacions Teòriques (2012, Edicions UIB; ISBN 9788483842430) (ed.)
  • Clàssics Moderns (2013, Ara Llibres; ISBN 9788415224228)
  • La Literatura en un Tuit (2017, Símbol Editors)

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of Laura Borràs
Election Constituency Party Alliance No. Result
2017 regional[13] Province of Barcelona Independent Junts per Catalunya 5 Elected
2019 general[13] Province of Barcelona Independent Junts per Catalunya 2 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Índex d'Autors: Borràs Castanyer, Laura" (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain: Institució de les Lletres Catalanes. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Laura Borràs Castanyer". Barcelona, Spain: Open University of Catalonia. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Laura Borràs, nova directora de la Institució de les Lletres Catalanes". El Punt (in Catalan). Girona, Spain. Catalan News Agency. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  4. ^ "La professora de la UB Laura Borràs és nomenada consellera de Cultura" (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain: University of Barcelona. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Perfil.- Laura Borràs, de professora de literatura a consellera de Cultura". Diari de Girona (in Catalan). Girona, Spain. Europa Press. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "PERFIL: Laura Borràs, de la Institució de les Lletres Catalanes al capdavant de la conselleria de Cultura". La Vanguardia (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain. Catalan News Agency. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "Cultura reforça la Institució de les Lletres Catalanes per impulsar la projecció dels escriptors contemporanis i del patrimoni literari" (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain: Generalitat de Catalunya. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  8. ^ "2012, Any Sales Calders Tísner". Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain. Catalan News Agency. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  9. ^ "L'Any Sales, Calders i Tísner, un centenari amb canemàs virtual". VilaWeb (in Catalan). 2 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Laura Borràs serà la nova directora de la Institució de les Lletres Catalanes". Ara (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  11. ^ Ríos, Pere (30 May 2018). "Laura Borràs, una consellera contra el bilingüisme". El País (in Catalan). Madrid, Spain. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Laura Borràs, una teórica de la literatura que se compromete a "servir al país y a la cultura"". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. EFE. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "Eleccions al Parlament de Catalunya 2017: Composició del Parlament" (in Catalan). Generalitat de Catalunya. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Los 135 diputados del Parlament de Catalunya tras el 21-D". La Vanguardia (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  15. ^ Jackson, Russell (22 December 2017). "Catalan independence supporters win majority in election". The Scotsman. Edinburgh, U.K. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  16. ^ Parra, Aritz; Giles, Ciaran (21 December 2017). "Catalan secessionist parties win slim majority in regional parliament". Toronto Star. Toronto, Canada. Associated Press. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Torra nominates new government including jailed and exiled officials". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Torra nombra en su Govern a Aragonès, Artadi, Turull, Rull, Comín, Puig y Maragall". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  19. ^ Puente, Arturo (19 May 2018). "Torra nombra a los encarcelados Turull y Rull consellers de su nuevo Govern". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  20. ^ Stothard, Michael (20 May 2018). "Rajoy wins opposition support to keep direct rule over Catalonia". Financial Times. London, U.K. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy urges Catalonia to form 'viable' government". The New Indian Express. Chennai, India. Press Trust of India. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  22. ^ Day, Paul (20 May 2018). "Spain to maintain control of Catalonia - El Pais". Reuters. London, U.K. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Torra proposes new nominations to overcome Spain's block on forming government". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Torra unblocks new Catalan government, replacing ministers in exile and prison with new names". El Nacional. Barcelona, Spain. EFE. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  25. ^ "El nou executiu tindrà 13 departaments" (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain: Generalitat de Catalunya. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Torra sustituye a los cuatro consellers vetados para desbloquear el Govern". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Torra nomena nou govern per superar el bloqueig". El Punt (in Catalan). Girona, Spain. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Catalan government takes office in emotional event, lifting direct rule". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  29. ^ Villalonga, Carles (2 June 2018). "El nuevo Govern de Torra toma posesión en un acto reivindicativo y escenifica el fin del 155". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  30. ^ "Los consellers toman posesión y prometen "lealtad" a Quim Torra". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Europa Press. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  31. ^ País, El (22 March 2019). "Mariàngela Vilallonga será la nueva consejera de Cultura". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  32. ^ Ros, Cristina (20 July 2016). "Laura Borràs, directora de la ILC". Ara (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved 4 June 2018.

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