Zahira Aragüete-Toribio


Zahira Aragüete-Toribio holds an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics and a PhD in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. From 2009 to 2013, she worked as a research assistant under the supervision of Sari Wastell (Goldsmiths, University of London) in the project Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts: Transitional Justice and the Legal Shaping of Memory after Two Modern Conflicts funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant). In 2013 she co-organized two international conferences, Thinking Memory through Space: Materiality, Representation and Imagination (Goldsmiths, University of London) with Pamela Colombo, Lee Douglas and Marije Hristova, and Beyond the One-Size-Fits-All Model of Transitional Justice (University of Deusto, Bilbao) with Sari Wastell. From 2013 to 2016, she worked as an associate lecturer in anthropology of rights, anthropology and history, anthropology and gender theory, and introduction to social anthropology in the Department of Anthropology of Goldsmiths, University of London. Currently, she works as a postdoctoral researcher in the project Right to Truth, Truth(s) through Rights: Mass Crimes Impunity and Transitional Justice led by Sévane Garibian and funded by the Swiss National Fund (SNF) at the University of Geneva.

Her doctoral research explored scientific, historical and social practices in connection to the exhumation of human remains buried in mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and the postwar period in the region of Extremadura (Spain). Focusing on notions of evidence production in these contexts, she studied the role that human remains, documents, war remnants, oral histories and expertise played in the construction of new historical visions and sociopolitical claims about past political repression. Her work as a postdoctoral researcher continues to focus on issues of post-violence reparation of mass crimes; the legal, political and scientific treatment of human remains in the production of truth, evidence and knowledge after conflict; and the sociocultural legacies of mass crimes in contexts of impunity. She has published her work in Human Remains and Violence and History and Anthropology. Her book Producing History in Spanish Civil War Exhumations: Between the Archive and the Grave will be published by Palgrave Macmillan en 2017.


Main publications:


  • Producing History in Spanish Civil War Exhumations. From the Archive to the Grave, Palsgrave Macmillan. (Fecha prevista de publicación 2017)

Articles and chapters of books :

  • “Confronting a History of Loss in a Spanish Family Archive”, History and Anthropology, vol. 28, n° 2, 2017, pp. 211-234.
  • “Negotiating Identity: Reburial and Commemoration of the Civil War Dead in Southwestern Spain”, Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol.1, n° 2, 2015, pp. 5-20.
  • “Traces of the Past: Working with Archaeology as Ethnographic Object”, Goldsmiths Anthropology Research Papers (GARP), n° 18, 2013, pp. 1-14.
  • “Objetos personales: exhumaciones, memoria y antropología visual”, in Beatriz Nates Cruz, María García Alonso, Carlos Vladimir Zambrano and Fabián Sanabria eds., Memoria y Territorio, Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia, Bogotá (co-autor Jorge Moreno Andrés).


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