On Tuesday, 17 September 2013, the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) in Barcelona hosted an inaugural lecture and reception to celebrate its official opening.
The event, which took place in the Administration Pavilion of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, was attended by a number of dignitaries, including UNU Rector Dr. David Malone; the President of the Generalitat of Catalunya, Artur Mas; the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias; and the Secretary General of Universities, D. Federico Morán-Abad.
The mission of the Institute, UNU-GCM Founding Director Prof. Dr. Parvati Nair told the assembled audience, “is to contribute to good governance, democracy and human rights through a better understanding of culture and mobility in the context of globalization”.
UNU-GCM places a emphasis on the impact of migration and media on culture and mobility. The Institute’s specific areas of research encompass:
The opening event featured a lecture by Prof. David Abulafia, a historian of the Mediterranean from the University of Cambridge, on “Migration and Culture in the Mediterranean”.
Other activities included a concert by musician Eduardo Paniagua and his group, a wine reception, and an exhibition of photographs of contemporary Barcelona by photographer Samuel Aranda.
UNU-GCM is located in the restored San Manuel Pavilion of Barcelona’s Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. That site, designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and constructed between 1902 and 1930, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Until 2009, the 12 pavilions that form the site housed the Sant Pau Hospital.