Spain’s Civil War 80 Years Later: The Wound That Will Not Heal?


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Spain's Civil War 80 Years Later: The Wound That Will Not Heal?
an IAMCR 2016 pre-conference

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18-19 July 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University

Conference description: The Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures at Canterbury Christ Church University (UK) invites submissions for this IAMCR 2016 pre-conference, which will mark the eightieth anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. During this two-day conference, we will examine the intersections between memory, truth, justice, ideology, the state and conceptions of the future, considering the role of the media, notions of collective identity and the place of new generations in relation to the continuing struggle over public memory in Spain.

Ruth Sanz Sabido
Ruth.sanz-sabido (at)

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Monday 18 July 2016  

09:30 – 10:00
Registration (with refreshments)

10:00 – 10:20
Welcome from Keith McLay and Ruth Sanz Sabido

10:20 – 11:20  Plenary 1: Spain’s Civil War 80 Years Later by Peter Anderson (University of Leeds) and Mari Paz Balibrea (Birkbeck, University of London)

11:20 – 12:40  Panel 1: Narratives during the War (I)

  • The Exhaustion of Belief? Testimony and Commitment in the Spanish Civil War by Stuart Price (De Montfort University)
  • The Radio During the Civil War: How it Became the Most Powerful Propaganda Weapon by Karen Arriaza Ibarra (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Foreign women in the Spanish Civil War: How they reflected, remembered and covered the conflict by Renée Lugschitz (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

12:40 – 13:10

13:10 – 14:40  Panel 2: Open Wounds

  • Mass graves’ exhumations during the Spanish transition: Memory initiatives in a context of fear and silence by Paloma Aguilar (UNED)
  • Local Memories in Times of Silence: Mass grave exhumations during Spanish Transition by Zoé de Kerangat (CSIC/ Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • The Spanish domestic debt: gaps in historical memory and its impact on the present, from the Ascension Mendieta’s case by Rocío Blanco (Barcelona)
  • Forgotten casualties: Forced displacement during the Spanish Civil War, questions of memory and identity by Guiomar Acevedo (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

14:40 – 16:00  Panel 3: Memory and History

  • Robbing history to pay romance or robbing romance to pay history: The Spanish Civil War as backdrop or centre stage by Ken Fox (CCCU)
  • Realms of Memory, Realms of Ghosts: The Spanish Civil War and the cinematic treatment of history by Toby Reynolds (University of East Anglia)
  • From evil to mistaken: The image of the Republican in ‘official’ Francoist cinema by Javier Jurado González (Universidad Carlos III)

16:00 – 16:15
Break (with refreshments)

16:15 – 17:15  Plenary 2: Legacies of the War by Tom Buchanan (University of Oxford) and Richard Baxell (International Brigades Memorial Trust)

After 17:15
Exhibition, Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica

18:00  Public Talk by Giles Tremlett – the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent, and author of Ghosts of Spain (2007)


Tuesday 19 July 2016

09:30 – 10:00
Registration (with refreshments)

10:00 – 11:00  Plenary 3: What next? by Rafael Escudero (Universidad Carlos III) and María Serrano Velázquez (Andaluces Diario, obo Todos los Nombres)

11:00 – 12:20  Panel 4: Narratives during the War (II)

  • The Artist as an Activist in the Spanish Civil War and Francoism: Political use, resistance and paradoxes by Silvia Melgar Higuero (Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University in London)
  • Poetry, Propaganda, and Public Memory: Antonio and Manuel Machado and the Spanish Civil War by Elizabeth Earle (Texas A&M University)
  • The narrative of war reportage in Portugal: From the I World War to the Spanish Civil War by Carla Baptista (University Nova of Lisbon)

12:20 – 12:50

12:50 – 13:50  SCREENING: "Not reconciled" by Jill Daniels (University of East London)

13:50 – 15:10  Panel 5: Narratives to move forward?

  • Taberna’s and Verges’ proposals to heal Spain’s longstanding wound by Natalia Sanjuán Bornay (Flinders University)
  • Remembering the past in No-Do by Irene Baena-Cuder (University of East Anglia)
  • The legacy of Spanish Civil War in recent Horror Spanish Cinema by Iván Gómez (Universitat Ramon Llull)

15:10 – 15:20
Break (with refreshments)

15:20 – 17:00  Panel 6: (Post) Memories and Contemporary Representations

  • La herida del franquismo en la narrative del siglo XXI by Isabel Cuñado (Bucknell University)
  • From History to Memory: The Representation of the Spanish Civil War on Historical Documentary TV Series by Sira Hernández (Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza)
  • Re-created memory/ies of the Spanish Civil War by Margarita Navarro Pérez (Catholic University of Murcia)
  • A Tale of Change and Continuity? Constructions of the Civil War in the Spanish Daily Press by Chiara Tedaldi (University College Dublin)
  • Niños Robados: Civil War memories in flesh and bone as reported by Spanish news outlet by Joyce Smith (Ryerson University)

17:00  Conference Closure

After 17:00
Meeting/ Working Group  (Please advise if you would be interested in attending this.)