Camino Real Award The Camino Real Award was introduced in 2012, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Institute (1987), to recognize the professional work of Spaniards who prominently and exemplary project and enhance the positive image of Spain in the United States. Read more >
ESPAUSA Encyclopedia The project “Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Spanish presence in the territory of the current United States (1512-1821)” consists in research and information gathering to develop an encyclopedia of the Spanish presence in the United States Read more >
El embajador de Canadá en España visita el Instituto Franklin-UAH El pasado miércoles 12 de julio, el embajador de Canadá en España, Matthew Levin; su esposa, Rosalba Imbrogno Levin y la agregada cultural de la Embajada de Canadá en España, Laura Ballesteros, visitaron el Instituto Franklin-UAH para conocer las instalaciones y estudiar las posibilidades de colaboración sobre Estudios Canadienses. Leer más >

American Studies Area

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American Studies Area

Friends of Thoreau

The “Friends of Thoreau” Program on Conservation of Nature and the Environment in North America, inspired by the philosopher, activist, and writer Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), was established in the Instituto Franklin-UAH in 2001.
The core funding of the Program is a foundational fund (“endowment”) by Dr. Marvin Douglas, who died in 2003. This foundation fund or endowment, consolidated the future continuity of the activities initiated in 2001 under the sponsorship of the non-profit organization of the same name, “Friends of Thoreau”.

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Environment Climate Change

2nd Research Plan Innova-USA (2011-2014)

The project “Simulation models of climate change and its potential impact on the vegetation in the American Pacific basin, 1: Bioclimatic modeling” aims to study the influence of climate change on the potential vegetation of the American Pacific basin.

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Marine biodiversity in the Atlantic

1st Research Plan Innova-USA (2010-2013)

The “EU-US Marine Biodiversity” research group covers different areas of research such as the marine bioacoustics for the study and monitoring of cetaceans, other marine resources and the analysis of environmental marine noise and its impacts.

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Culture American Thoughts

Research Plan 2009 (2009-2012)

The purpose of the symposium was the inauguration of the Dewey Center at the Universidad de Alcalá, discussing present-day topics and the meaning of reading the works of J. Dewey today, and doing the same with the latest proposals of Pragmatism, especially those of R. Rorty, which are perhaps keeping far behind as they are closely linked to thoughts of the late twentieth century.

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E Pluribus “Non” Unum: Alternative Lineages in US Modernity

2nd Research Plan Innova-USA (2011-2014)

The main objective of the project is to approach, from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective, the various cultural, social and political expressions to satisfactorily cover the study of modernity in the US and its fractures. This project addresses two specific historical moments, modernity (the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) and the genesis of the modern subject.

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Irregular Immigration Approaches: A Comparative Law Study USA – Spain

2nd Research Plan Innova-USA (2010-2013)

The regulation in this area is a real democratic and moral test for the States, and comparing the status of rights of illegal aliens in the Spanish legal system and in the United States may be of extraordinary mutual interest given the confluence of a number of similarities and differences.

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US Foreign Policy

II Research Plan Innova-USA (2011-2014)

The study of US policy in different geographical areas such as Russia, the Greater Middle East, Iran, AF-PAK is interlinked with other issues such as terrorism, energy or competition between States. This causes the project to be approached from a multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach, aiming to analyze the international system where the US is, and the actors, elements and dynamics to understand the construction of its foreign policy and its interests and policies from a point of view that will also include a socio-historical analysis.

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