STS Verbena

Friday 2 September, 21:00-01:00

Following the motto of this conference the local committee aims to celebrate our gathering in Barcelona by organising a banquet by other means. Happily, we don’t need to create a new concept for this (not this time). There is a nice word in Spanish (also in Catalan and Galician) that encapsulates our idea of a banquet by other means: a verbena. Apart from naming a plant, verbena means a popular party, usually a summer open-air dance in a street or in a main square of a town, village or a neighborhood organised on the eve of an important festivity (men used to wear a verbena “boutonnière” in such parties, that’s why the party took this name). Traditionally a verbena includes music, dance, and stalls of typical food and drinks. And that’s precisely what we’d like to recreate in our celebration.

Registration: If you are registered for the conference, it is not too late to add a banquet ticket. Use the registration page to purchase a ticket. Registration is also open to other people that are not registered in the conference. In case you want to buy more than one ticket please write to [email protected] 

Places are limited so please register as soon as possible. Registration closes August 15!!!

The venue

Poble Espanyol: Avda. Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13. Barcelona.


El Poble Espanyol was built in 1929, during the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera (1923-1930), and in the context of the International Exhibition hosted that year in Barcelona. The aim was to build a monumental synthesis of the architecture of Spain. The builders of the village – the architects Ramon Reventós and Francesc Folguera and the artists Xavier Nogués and Miquel Utrillo – travelled throughout the peninsula to choose representative buildings to make a village that embodied the different regions of Spain (except the Canary Islands and la Rioja for budget limitations). In total, there are six hundred villages represented in el Poble Espanyol.

As a project, el Poble Espanyol (originally was to be named Iberona) has clear connections with other neo Romantic projects recreating regional and vernacular architecture as a form of exhibition, particularly in Europe and North and South America. In the case of Poble Espanyol, however, firstly Primo de Rivera’s dictatorship (1923-1930) and lately Franco’s dictatorship (1939-1975) progressively reshaped the project so as to turn it into an emblem of the Spanish nationalistic project (symbolising the “unity of the fatherland”). Within the democratic period, the Spanish village has recovered part of its artistic interest (particularly as an exercise of coexistence and re-escalation of traditional architectures).  Nowadays, it is considered as an architectural museum and as a venue of different events and music concerts.

For a virtual tour you can click here


Two great Djs and vinyl collectors will help us to recreate this verbena and to explore the connections between materiality, memory and music.

3penics, a DJ, blogger and vinyl collector, will allow us to travel to the 60s and early 70s mixing lounge, garage, yeye, iberian soul and psychedelic music mainly from Spain but also from France, Italy and the UK.

Txarly Brown is a graphic designer, DJ, promoter, collector, activist and music producer. He is also well-known for his work documenting, DJing and promoting early Catalan rumba (a genre of music that developed in Barcelona‘s Romani community beginning in the 1950s) and modern rumba scene (or “achilifunk”, as he names it).


The event generously sponsored by the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Subject Group from the University of Edinburgh, which celebrates 50 years of the Science Studies Unit! 

A few words from Edinburgh:

Celebrating [email protected]

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of some of the earliest centres in science and technology studies. In 1966 David Edge established the Science Studies Unit at the University of Edinburgh and Chris Freeman set up the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University.

Foundational Edinburgh studies challenged the boundary that had been presumed between science and its social context. Today we can look back and see how our field has grown through a constant willingness to challenge established boundaries and exploring collectives, spaces and futures.

Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh is therefore delighted to co-sponsor a celebration of the growth and diversity of traditions in the field. How better to celebrate than with a party?