The Residencia Today
April 1, 2012 Leave a comment
Picking up an old half-baked article and getting it ready for publication. I think the argument still stands: the Spanish La Residencia de Estudiantes was not the radically political institution it seems to have been, 1910-1936.
It cannot be denied that great minds, many of them liberal and some even radical, found in this institutions a refuge and stimulus. But compared with other truly radical pedagogical and political movements of the time, La Resi comes short of being the subversive institution some people still remember it to be. Moreover, in its ideological foundations we found sinister anti-democratic ideas that relate well to the long Spanish reactionary tradition.