Getting to Salamanca

The most common way to travel to Salamanca from another country is by flying first to Madrid’s International Airport, called Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas.

Recently, it is becoming more popular to fly to the airport in Valladolid (Villanubla). The main airline are Ryanair and Vueling.

Spanish Airlines: AENA (


• MADRID Barajas:


You can travel to Salamanca from Barajas directly by bus. The bus company is AUTO-RES: –

Madrid airport-Salamanca: 2 hours 45 minutes, Express Service. One way: EUR 25.95. Round trip: EUR 42.20.

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To catch a train (Estación de Chamartín) or a bus (Estación de Auto-Res, at Méndez Álvaro), you can take a taxi (approx. EUR 23, between 15 and 30 minutes) or use the metro (approx. EUR 1’50, between 40 and 60 minutes, from line 8, “Aeropuerto” metro station).

– To Estación de Auto-Res  (Bus Station) by metro:

Option A (3 transfers) – line 8 to “Mar de Cristal” – line 4 to “Avenida de América” (Direction “Argüelles” > south) – line 6 (circular) to “Méndez Álvaro ” (direction > south, passing through “Diego de León”).
Option B (2 transfers) – line 8 toward “Nuevos Ministerios” – very long transfer to line 6 (circular) to “Méndez Álvaro ” (Direction > east, passing through “República Argentina”). – To Chamartín by metro – line 8 toward “Nuevos Ministerios” – line 10 toward “Chamartín” (direction “Fuencarral” > north). Metro in Madrid:

  • By bus from Estación de Auto-Res, at Méndez Álvaro. The bus company from Madrid is AUTO-RES:

Madrid-Salamanca: 2.5 hours, Express Service (every hour). One way: EUR 17.40. Round trip: EUR 28.60 (valid: 1 year).

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Another bus company that has national and international service is ALSA.

  • By train from Estación de Chamartín

The Spanish train company is RENFE: http://www.renfe.es Discounts of 20% with the Carné Joven (Euro <26)

Madrid Chamartín-Salamanca: 2.5 hours or 1.5 hours (depend of the type of train), 11 trains daily.
MD – One way: EUR 16.50. Round trip: 10% discount (valid: 15 days)
ALVIA – The price depend of the day and hour.

    Monday to Friday                                                            Weekend


    Monday to Friday                                                            Weekend


• VALLADOLID (Villanubla Airport):

There are 11 km between Villanubla and Valladolid. Linecar runs buses that correspond to check-in and boarding times of Ryanair, as well as landing times between Valladolid bus station and Villanubla (airport). There are also taxis that charge a fixed rate of 14 euros. The bus station and the train station in Valladolid are 3 minutes apart by foot.

By bus from Valladolid to Salamanca

The bus company from Valladolid is AUTO-RES:

Valladolid-Salamanca: 1 hour 15 / 1 hour 30 minutes. 4-7 buses daily.
One way: EUR 7.40 to 9.75 . Round trip: EUR 13.50 to 17.60 (valid: 1 year).

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Another bus company that has national and international service is ALSA:

By train from Valladolid

The Spanish train company is RENFE: http://www.renfe.es

Valladolid Campo Grande-Salamanca: 1 hour 15 / 1 hour 30 minutes. 5-6 trains daily. One way: EUR 7.50 to 19.00. Round trip: 10% discount (valid: 15 days).

    Monday to Friday                                                            Weekend

    Monday to Friday                                                            Weekend


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List of Participants

Name Affiliation
Lynton Boshoff The Queen’s College, Oxford, UK
Elena Castelnuovo Università di Milano, Italy
Clare Coombe The Oratory School, Reading, UK
Maria Jennifer Falcone Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung, Germany
Marco Formisano Ghent University, Belgium
Beatriz de la Fuente Marina Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
Bruce Gibson University of Liverpool, UK
Will Guast University of Bristol, UK
Fotini Hadjittofi Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Joshua J Hartman University of Washington, USA
Jesús Hernández Lobato Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
Helen Kaufmann University of Oxford, UK
Rosario Moreno Soldevila Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla, Spain
Margot Neger University of Salzburg, Austria
Lea Niccolai University of Cambridge, UK
Marco Onorato Università di Messina, Italy
Aaron Pelttari University of Edinburgh, UK
Oscar Prieto Domínguez Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
Alberto J. Quiroga Puertas Universidad de Granada, Spain
Maria Sole Rigo Università di Roma «La Sapienza», Italy
Cristiana Roffi Universität zu Köln, Germany
Paolo F. Sacchi University of Ghent, Belgium
Hagith S. Sivan University of Kansas, USA
Steven D. Smith Hofstra University, USA
Brian P. Sowers City University of New York, USA
Lucia Maddalena Tissi LabEx RESMED, Paris, France
Bram van der Velden University of Leiden, Holland
Berenice Verhelst University of Ghent, Belgium
Etienne Wolff Université de Paris-Nanterre, France


Call for Papers

5th  ISLALS Conference 2017

University of Salamanca (Spain), October 6-7


Literature Squared:

Metaliterary Reflections in Late Antiquity


The fifth annual conference of the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) will convene at the University of Salamanca (Spain) on October 6–7, 2017, following the successful meetings in the USA (Brown 2013, Boston 2014, Bryn Mawr and Haverford 2016) and the UK (Oxford 2015).

Under the motto “Literature squared”, this year’s conference will cover a wide range of topics directly related to the general idea of literature speaking of, commenting on, or contrasting with, literature itself: from metaliterary prooemia and self-referential pieces/passages, to Christian and pagan exegesis (commentaries, metatexts, paratexts, allegorical re-readings, rhetorical treatises, hermeneutics, etc), via all kind of self-aware “derivative” genres (such as centos, epitomes, translations, paraphrases, etc). Intertextual dialogues will be also taken into consideration, provided that they focus on strictly (meta-)literary issues. Finally, special attention will be paid to the study of the late antique philosophical inquiries on the ideas of fictionality, language, representation and literature.

  • Communications will be 20 minutes long, with 10 additional minutes for questions and discussion.
  • English and Spanish will be the accepted languages.
  • Depending on the quality and coherence of the presentations the publication of a collected volume will be envisaged.
  • Both senior scholars and early career researchers (including PhD students) are welcome (and encouraged) to submit paper proposals.


If you would like to participate, please send an abstract of your paper (200-300 words) via email attachment by May 15, 2017 to the organizers: Jesús Hernández Lobato ( and Óscar Prieto Domínguez ( Please include your academic affiliation.

ISLALS requires no dues and there is no registration fee for the conference. A closing banquet for conference speakers will round out this year’s gathering, commemorating the eighth centenary of the foundation of the University of Salamanca, the third oldest in continuous operation in Europe. Expenses for lodging and travel to and from the conference will be the responsibility of participants. The organizers can help participants secure lodging at nearby hotels. Additional information about the conference can be found at:

Please send queries about conference particulars to the organizers: Jesús Hernández Lobato ( and Óscar Prieto Domínguez (

General queries about ISLALS may be sent to any member of the steering committee: Scott McGill (, Joseph Pucci ( and David Bright (




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The inaugural session of the Conference will be held in the Aula Magna of the Facultad de Filología at the Palace of Anaya, one of the Historical Buildings of the University of Salamanca.

The University of Salamanca is one of the oldest in the world, founded in 1218 by King Alphonse IX shortly after the Universities of Bologna and Paris. The magnificent building you can see today however was built at the time of the Catholic Kings, and is considered a masterwork of Plateresque style (16th century). The façade is ornamented with numerous figures, the most famous among them the frog on a skull, which numerous tourists try to make out.

In 1988 Salamanca was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 2002 it was the European Capital of Culture. It has sixteen museums within walking distance from the site of the conference. We will benefit from the proximity to the Romasnesque and Gothic Cathedrals and will have guided tours to visit all sights. Given the short distances within the central area of the city, the conference site can be reached on foot from the main hotels and university residences where rooms will be available to participants. The famous Plaza Mayor, is only ten minutes away walk.



Facultad de Filología, Palacio de Anaya, Salamanca.
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Universidad de Salamanca

Facultad de Filología – Palacio de Anaya

Plaza de Anaya, s/n

CP. 37008 Salamanca