The Music Commission of the Círculo del Liceo hosted the conference "Between art, crime and cartography, the modernist collection of the Library of the Círculo del Liceo in its historical context", given by Òscar Ferrer Bech, graduated in Humanities and History and member of the Club.
The main goal of this conference was to make known to our members the collection of the library, whose wealth reaches not only books, magazines or artistic or musical essays, but also maps of former colonies, encyclopedias, essays on topics as varied as the female role or criminology and a long etcetera that goes to demonstrate the great number of intellectual concerns that those who shaped its content possessed. Although the modernist and noucentista period (1880s-1910s) was treated with special interest, those works from earlier or later periods that deserve to be remembered due to their importance did not fail to be mentioned. First editions of local, national and foreign authors, illustrated magazines that shaped the Catalan press in particular and Spanish in general, scores signed and dedicated by their composers, are some of the small treasures guarded in a space that sometimes goes unnoticed. We hope that through this conference our club members can have greater evidence of what the library contains and that they see in it a space that allows them to better understand the history of this emblematic institution.
Òscar Ferrer Bech graduated in History from the University of Barcelona and in Humanities from the International University of Catalonia, a career that he began with a scholarship granted by said institution. He finished Humanities in South Korea, with a grant from Korea University. He received a scholarship to pursue a Masters in Literature at the University of Edinburgh, which he completed with honors in August 2019. He is currently pursuing a Masters in History at the University of Cambridge and he will begin his doctorate at the Stanford University School of Literature next September.