Welcome to the autumn 2020 edition of the Bulletin: un saludo solidario in particular to our readers in schools and universities, to whom we dedicate Nathanial Gardner’s heartwarming story of saving study abroad from the pandemic. 

Saving tourism across the Spanish-speaking world will be harder – we look at the data. 

Saving the reputation of former king Juan Carlos is a different sort of challenge.  In Juan Carlos: the errant king his biographer Professor Sir Paul Preston puts into context the latest dramatic twists in the former monarch’s life story.

William Chislett is another distinguished Briton at home in Madrid’s inner circles. In this (Spanish language) extract from his newly published Microhistoria de España he reflects on the changes he has seen in his adoptive country since the Transition. 

2020 is adding new chapters to the history books, not least through the Black Lives Matter movement.  We look at how teaching Spanish film can help develop students’ understanding of ‘otherness’, and at myths of racial democracy in Cuba and Brazil.

Above all, 2020 is the year of the virus: España al día explains controversies relating to the Madrid lockdown against a turbulent political backdrop, while Perú en pandemia offers a citizen’s-eye view of the situation in the world’s worst affected country (both articles featuring some great pandemic-era Spanish for language students).

Also on a Peruvian theme, Stephen Hart looks at the nexus between César Vallejo’s life story and his poetry, examined at Pre-U for the first time next year.

And we commemorate (in Spanish) Carlos Ruiz Zafón, best-selling author of La sombra del viento / The shadow of the wind.

The arrival of this edition marks the publication of our guidelines to assist any potential contributors (especially students) in preparing drafts for submission.

The Bulletin remains a free resource by and for students, teachers, examiners and experts, with readers in every continent.  Please pass it on and update us with new and additional addresses, for example if there have been staff changes at your institution or you know of others who might wish to be on our mailing list.

Submissions for the next edition should please reach us by the end of January.

Hasta la vacuna siempre,

The BAS editorial team

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