The origins of the Cité Universitaire and the Colegio de España in Paris: Elites, diplomacy and educational modernity


  • Antonia María Mora-Luna Universidade de Lisboa



Colegio de España, Cité Universitaire, League of Nations, University education, Educational modernity, International policy


This study analyses the origins of the Cité Universitaire, Paris, based on the intellectual and educational cooperation of the League of Nations and French government after the First World War. It was in this context that the construction of the Colegio de España began in 1929. This Institution strengthened international relations between both countries and enabled Spanish researchers, artists and intellectuals of the time, to be in contact with the scientific, artistic and cultural advances in France and Europe. The aim of this article is solely to highlight and try to recover a part (the origins) of the political, cultural and educational history of these institutions.


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Author Biography

Antonia María Mora-Luna, Universidade de Lisboa

Antonia María Mora Luna is a Research Fellow at the Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa (FCT—funded post-doctoral fellowship). She previously had a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University Paris 4-Sorbonne and Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle in France from 2013 until 2016. She received her Ph.D. in education (special doctorate award in social sciences in 2012) from the University of Granada in Spain. Currently, her main research interests are literary education and educational reforms, with a special focus on history of literary education in Southern Europe (Spain, France, Italy and Portugal), as well as intellectual and educational cooperation after the First World War. She published several articles and papers in refereed national and international conferences and is co-editor of the Impossibilia, Revista Internacional de Estudios Literarios.