Francisco Ferrándiz Martín


Francisco Ferrándiz (PhD University of California at Berkeley, 1996) is Associate Researcher in the Institute of Language, Literature and Anthropology (ILLA) of the Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CCHS) at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His research in the anthropology of the body, violence and social memory encompasses two main ethnographic objects: the spiritist cult of María Lionza in Venezuela and, since 2003, the politics of memory in contemporary Spain, through the analysis of the current process of exhumation of mass graves from the Civil War (1936-1939). Before being hired at CSIC, he has taught and conducted research at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Virginia, the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), the University of Utrecht, the Autonomous University of Morelos (UAEM), the University of Deusto and the University of Extremadura. He is the author of Escenarios del cuerpo: Espiritismo y sociedad en Venezuela (2004), and co-editor of The Emotion and the Truth: Studies in Mass Communication and Conflict (2002), Before Emergency: Conflict Prevention and the Media (2003), Violencias y culturas (2003), Jóvenes sin tregua: Culturas y políticas de la violencia (2005), Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Peace and Conflict Research (2007), and Fontanosas 1941-2006: Memorias de carne y hueso (2010), among others.

Main publications:

Books (as author):

  • 2018 (Bajo contrato. Fecha prevista de publicación). Bare Bones: Civil War Exhumations in Contemporary Spain. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • 2014. El pasado bajo tierra: Exhumaciones contemporáneas de la Guerra Civil.  Barcelona: Grupo Editorial Siglo XXI/Anthropos
  • 2011. Etnografías contemporáneas: Anclajes, métodos y claves para el futuro.  Barcelona: Grupo Editorial Siglo XXI/Anthropos/UAM Iztapalapa
  • 2004. Escenarios del cuerpo: Espiritismo y sociedad en Venezuela. Bilbao: Universidad de Deusto

Books (as co-editor and/or co-author):

  • 2015. & A. Robben A.  Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • 2015. & J. A Flores, M. García Alonso, J. López García y P Pitarch Manuel Gutiérrez Estévez: Maestro de etnógrafos (americanistas). Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuet
  • 2014. & M. Hristova, L. Douglas y Z. De Kerangat Faces and Traces of Violence: Memory Politics in Global Perspective. Número Especial de la revista Culture and History Digital Journal 3(2) (CSIC)
  • 2012. & Solé Q. Desenterrando el silencio: Antoni Benaiges, el maestro que prometió el mar. Barcelona: Blume
  • 2011. & A. Leizaola  y M. García Alonso Etnografías contemporáneas de las violencias políticas: Memoria, olvido, justicia. León: FFAAEE/Michael Kenny
  • 2010. & J. López García Memorias de carne y hueso: Fontanosas 1941-2006. Ciudad Real: Diputación de Ciudad Real
  • 2009. & R. Hudson y W. Bender Peace, Conflict and Identity: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Research. Bilbao: HumanitarianNet/ Deusto University Press
  • 2007. & A. Robben Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Peace and Conflict Research. Bilbao: HumanitarianNet/ Universidad de Deusto
  • 2006. & C. Feixa Tierra quemada: Violencias y culturas en América Latina. Número especial de la RevistaNueva Antropología, n65 (Colegio de México, México D.F.)
  • 2005. & C. Feixa Jóvenes sin tregua: Culturas y políticas de la violencia. Barcelona: Anthropos
  • 2003. & J. M. Pureza Before Emergency: Conflict Prevention and the Media. Bilbao: HumanitarianNet/Universidad de Deusto
  • 2003.  & C. Feixa Violencias y culturas. Barcelona: FAAEE/ICA
  • 2002. & M. Aguirre The Emotion and the Truth: Studies in Mass Communication and Conflict. Bilbao: HumanitarianNet/ Universidad de Deusto 

Articles and chapters of books (of the last 3 years):  

  • 2017 (En prensa) “Death on the Move: Pantheons and Reburials in Spanish Civil War Exhumations”. En A Companion to the Anthropology of Death. Ed. por Antonious C.G.M. Robben. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
  • 2017 (En prensa) “Unmaking Militarism Spanish Style: Engaging the Civil War Legacy”. Current Anthropology, número especial Cultures of Militarism, editado por Catherine Besteman y Hugh Gusterson
  • 2017 (En prensa) & A. Robben “The Transitional Lives of Crimes against Humanity: Forensic Evidence under Changing Political Contexts”. En Bodies of Evidence: Anthropological Studies of Security, Knowledge and Power. Ed. por Mark Maguire, Ursula Rao and Nils Zurawski. Durham: Duke University Press
  • 2017 (En prensa)“Exhumaciones de fosas comunes y políticas de victimización”. En Víctimas políticas en España y Europa. Ed. por Gérôme Truc. Madrid: Casa de Velázquez
  • 2016  “Afterlives: Tracing Exhumed Bodies beyond the Mass Grave”. En Legacies of Violence in Contemporary Spain: Exhuming the Past, Understanding the Present. Ed. por Ofelia Ferrán y Lisa Hilbink. Nueva York: Routledge
  • 2016 & E. Silva “From Mass Graves to Human Rights: The Spanish Disappeared in a Transnational Context”. En Missing Persons: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Disappeared. Ed. por Derek Congram, pp. 74-101. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press Inc.
  • 2016 “From Tear to Pixel: Political Correctness and Digital Emotions in the Exhumation of Mass Graves from the Civil War”. En Engaging the Emotions in Spanish Culture and History (18th Century to the Present). Ed. por María Elena Delgado, Pura Fernández y Jo Labanyi, pp. 242-261. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press
  • 2016 & P. Aguilar  “Historical Memory, Media and Spectacle: Interviú and the Portrayal of Civil War Exhumations in the Early Years of Spanish Democracy”. Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 17(1): 1-25
  • 2015 “Exhumar la derrota”. En Políticas de memoria y construcción de ciudadanía. Ed. por A.Jerez y E. Silva, pp. 255-263. Madrid: Postmetrópolis Editorial
  • 2015 “Mass Graves: A Spanish Tale”. En Necropolitics: Masss Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights. Ed. Por F. Ferrándiz y A. Robben, pp. 92-118. Filadelfia: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • 2015 & A. Robben “The Ethnography of Exhumations”. En Necropolitics: Masss Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights. Ed. por F. Ferrándiz y A. Robben, pp. 1-38. Filadelfia: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • 2015 “Ethnographies on the Limit: Ethnographic Versatility and Short-Circuits before Contemporary Violence”. Etnologia (Revista d’Etnologia de Cataluya) 40: 47-50

Alejandro Baer Mieses

He has been Assistant Professor Doctor in the Department of Social Anthropology of the UCM and, from 2009 to 2011, Assistant Professor in the Chair of Sociology of Religion and Culture of the University of Bayreuth (Germany). He is currently Associated Professor of the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota (USA). His recent works tackle the theory and methodology of research on social memory and collective identities, and in particular visual culture, commemorations and the transnationalization of the memory of the Holocaust. He has also worked on testimonies and oral history and on anti-Semitism in Spain.

Between his subjects of investigation and specialization they emphasize: the studies on the memory; studies on the Holocaust and Genocide; anti-Semitism; the globalization; the Sociology of the media; qualitative methods; and Audiovisual Sociology, among others.

Main publications:

Francisco Etxeberría Gabilondo

Forensic scientist, anthropologist, spelunker, researcher, titular professor of Legal and Forensic Medicine at the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV-EHU), president of the Aranzadi Science Society, secretary of the Spanish Association of Paleopathology, and subdirector of the Basque Institute of Criminology. He has participated as a researcher in numerous exhumations in archaeological contexts: soldiers from the Napoleonic wars, people executed by firing squad in the Spanish civil war, and arrested-disappeared people in Colombia and Chile. He has numerous national and international publications on subjects related to anthropology, paleopathology, and legal and forensic medicine. He received the Human Rights Prize “Gipuzkoa Giza Eskubideak 2006” from the Statutory Council of Guipuzcoa for his academic and professional trajectory in the field of Forensic Medicine. The Human Rights Prize “Rene Cassen 2007” of the Basque Government was awarded to the team he directs in the Aranzadi Science Society for its research project on the people who disappeared in the Spanish civil war.

Luis Fondebrider

Luis Fondebrider obtained his degree in Anthropological Sciences from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is a specialist in Forensic Anthropology. After democracy was restored in Argentina in 1983, together with a group of professionals in Archaeology, Anthropology, Medicine, and Computer Science, he founded an organization named the Argentinian Team of Forensic Anthropology (EAAF), with the objective of scientifically documenting the Human Rights violations that had occurred in Argentina between 1976 and 1983. At present, he is President of the EAAF. In his role as a member of the EAAF, he has participated as an expert in over 700 cases in the Argentinian courts. At the same time, he participated in and/or co-directed research missions in numerous countries. He has acted as an expert and/or forensic consultant for different international organizations. He has also been the co-receiver of different awards. As a teacher, he has given conferences and seminars on the application of Forensic Sciences to the documentation of Human Rights violations in several countries, as well as at universities and research centers in England, the United States, Belgium, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. He is also a teacher in the Chair of Legal Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

María García Alonso

Assistant Doctor Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Faculty of Philosophy. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). Subdirector of Recovery and Documentary Preservation at the Center of Studies on Migrations and Exiles (CEME UNED).

Adjunct commissioner of the exhibit “The Pedagogical Missions (1931-1939)” and one of the people in charge of the research project with the same name. Project headquarters: Fundación Francisco Giner de los Ríos [Institución Libre de Enseñanza de Madrid] and Residencia de Estudiantes. Coordinator of the project on recovering the memory of educational institutions in Uruguay, funded by the Uruguayan National Administration of Public Education, a project which very particularly includes the teachers who were caused to disappear by the Uruguayan dictatorship.

Together with Julián López García (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Faculty of Philosophy. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), she directs the project “All the Names of the Post-War Repression in Ciudad Real: Research and Teaching Material”. In 2009, she was the scientific coordinator of the international program of tributes to the 1939 exile of the State Society for Cultural Commemorations and the UNED.


Main publications:


  • 2013 & Gabriela Ossenbach e Inés Viñuales Rafael Altamira en Argentina. Vínculos sociales e intelectuales entre España y Argentina en tiempos del primer centenario de la Independencia. Buenos Aires / Madrid: UNED / Fundación José Ortega y Gasset
  • 2012 & Honorio Velasco Maíllo y Julián López García Equipaje para aventurarse en antropología. Temas clásicos y actuales de la antropología social y cultural. Madrid: UNED
  • 2012. Las misiones socio-pedagógicas de Uruguay (1945-1971) Documentos para la memoria. Montevideo Administración Nacional de Educación Pública (ANEP)
  • 2011. & Julián de Zulueta Tuan Nyamko (el señor de los mosquitos). Relatos de la vida de Julian de Zulueta contados a María Garcia Alonso. Madrid: Residencia de estudiantes

Articles and chapters of books: 

  • 2016. “La purificación de la memoria en la España del siglo XXI: Transformaciones y confrontaciones” En Beatriz Nates, María García Alonso, Carlos Zambrano (eds.): Memoria y territorio. Bogotá: ICANH
  • 2016 “La propaganda de la acción o la acción de la propaganda. Las filmaciones en las misiones laicas” En: Alted, Alicia y Sel, Susana (coords.): Cine educativo y científico en España, Argentina y Uruguay. Madrid/ Buenos Aires: Editorial Ramón Areces / Instituto Gino Germani
  • 2016 “El descanso de los muertos. Territorios del morir y del permanecer” En: Godinho Paula, Fonseca, Inês e Baía, João, (Coords.), Resistência e/y Memória – Perspectivas Ibero-Americana. Lisboa: IHC-FCSH/UNL
  • 2015 “Días de emoción intensa. Sobre el entusiasmo y sus propietarios” Historia y Memoria de la Educación. Vol: 1(2): La transmisión de emociones y sentimientos. Subjetividad y socialización: 73-96
  • 2014 “Las 26.550 noches de Palmira. Cultura frente a dogma en las Misiones Pedagógicas de la Segunda República” En Esteban, Asunción e Izquierdo, María Jesús (ed.s) La revolución educativa en la Segunda República y la represión franquicia. Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid
  • 2014 “Los territorios de los otros: memoria y heterotopía” Cuicuilco. Volumen: 21 (61): 33-352
  • 2013 “Cuando los que vuelven son ya ancianos. Memoria frente a historia” En Alicia Gil, Aurelio Martín y Pedro Pérez (coords.), El retorno. Migración económica y exilio político en América Latina y España. Madrid: Marcial Pons
  • 2013 “Intuiciones visuales para pueblos olvidados. La utilización del cine en las Misiones Pedagógicas de la Segunda República” Cahiers de Civiliasation Espagnole Contemporaine. Volumen 11(2013):1-14

Stephanie Golob

Stephanie R. Golob is Associate Professor of Political Science at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY).  Her research centers on the impact of globalization on state sovereignty, focusing on the “domestication” of international legal norms through transformations in national legal culture.  Specifically, her work investigates the impact and local appropriation of transnationalized “anti-impunity” norms – propagated via the Pinochet Case and other cases such as Schilingo and Barrios Altos —  within the legal communities and civil societies in countries such as Chile and Spain, whose democratic transitions in past decades were not accompanied by “transitional justice.” Her two-part essay on the Pinochet Case was awarded a Frank Cass Prize from the journal Democratization in 2002, and in 2006-07 she held an Andrew W. Mellon Resident Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center to develop research on the legal-cultural legacy of strategies of legalization and retrospective justice employed by the Franco regime.  More recent publications include Volver:  The Return of/to Transitional Justice Politics in Contemporary Spain (Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 2008); and Evolution or Revolution?  Transitional Justice Culture Across Borders (Institute for Public Goods and Policy Working Paper, CCHS, CSIS, June 2010).  She is currently writing a book provisionally titled, The Long Arm of the Law: Legal Culture, Globalized Norms, and the Anti-Impunity Revolution.


Main publications:

  • 2010  Evolution or Revolution? Transitional Justice Culture Across Borders. Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos, Working Paper, CCHS, CSIS.
  • 2008 “Volver: The Return of/to Transitional Justice Politics in Contemporary Spain”  Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 9(2):127-141

Antonius Robben

Antonius C.G.M. Robben is Senior Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He holds the Core Chair Cultural Anthropology and Latin America since 1993. He has a Ph.D. (1986) from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1986-1989), and a research fellow at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies of Harvard University (2004). As a recipient of several National Science Foundation and Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation research grants, he has carried out more than five years of fieldwork in Brazil and Argentina. Present Research Interests Latin America (especially Argentina and Chile), Iraq, political, historical and psychological and anthropology, fieldwork methods, political violence, dirty war and counterinsurgency, combat motivation, cultural trauma, social reconstruction after post-authoritarian rule.

Queralt Solé Barjau

Queralt Solé received her doctorate in Contemporary History in 2008 with her thesis titled “Les fosses comunes a Catalunya 1936-1939.” She was in charge of the mass graves unit of the Democratic Memorial of Catalonia. She is at present Lecturing Professor at the Universidad de Barcelona. She was commissioner of the exhibit “Fosas comunes: un pasado no olvidado” of the Democratic Memorial of Catalonia, together with Assumpció Malgosa (UAB), in April, 2010. She specializes in the Spanish civil war and the Franco dictatorship, particularly in subjects related to repression and exile, as well as remembrance. She is the author of the following books: 30 anys d’història d’europeisme català (1948-1978). El “Contuberni” de Munic (Barcelona, Editorial Mediterrània, 1999, with Pilar de Pedro), A les presons de Franco, (Barcelona, Proa, 2004), Catalunya 1939: l’ultima derrota (Barcelona, Ara Llibres, 2006), Els morts clandestins. Les fosses comunes de la Guerra Civil a Catalunya (1936-1939) (Catarroja, Editorial Afers, 2008), and Fosses comunes i simbologia franquista, (ed., with A. Mayayo i A. Segura, Catarroja, Editorial Afers, 2009).

Luis Martín-Cabrera

martin_cabrera_bigLuis Martín-Cabrera received a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese from Yale University, and a B.A. in Spanish and French from the University of Salamanca (Spain). Professor Martín-Cabrera is currently working on a transatlantic study of detective fiction published during the post-dictatorship period in Spain and the Southern Cone. He is also co-author of a textbook (Mas allá de la pantalla: el mundo Hispano a través del cine. Forthcoming from Heinle and Thompson) to teach Spanish through films.

Ángel del Río Sánchez

Professor of Social Anthropology at the Universidad de Sevilla, he belongs to the Social Research Group on Action and Participation at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide.

. Del Río’s recent research focuses on social movements and, more specifically, on the social movement for recovering historical memory, the subject on which he is preparing his doctoral thesis. He has also published several texts and presented several papers on this subject at scientific conferences. With the multidisciplinary research team Recovering the Memory of Social History of Andalusia, he has prepared the report on the Audiovisual Bank of Social Memory of Andalusia. He is co-author of the following books: El Canal de los Presos (1940-1962). Trabajos forzados: de la represión política a la explotación económica (Ed. Crítica, 2004), the Didactic Guide of Education in Values “Recuperar la Memoria: el Canal de los Presos” (Ayuntamiento de Sevilla, 2005), Andaluces en los campos de Mauthausen (Centro de Estudios Andaluces, 2006), and La recuperación de la memoria histórica: una perspectiva transversal desde las ciencias sociales (Centro de Estudios Andaluces, 2007). He has participated as scientific adviser –archivist and anthropologist- in the documentaries Presos del Silencio (Intermedia Producciones., 2004) and Los Presos del Canal (Nonio Parejo, 2003), among others, and also as scriptwriter in ¿A dónde voy yo? Inquilinos en situación de abuso (Intermedia Producciones, 2008). At present, he is working on a documentary on the deportation of Andalusian republicans to the Nazi extermination camps.

. Del Río was in charge of research in the Association of Historical Memory and Justice of Andalusia from 2004 to 2008. He is also a member of the General Council of the project “Todos los Nombres” and Coordinator of the project “Mapa de Fosas” in the province of Seville, subsidized by the Council of Justice and Public Administration of the Government of Andalusia. At the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, he was coordinator and professor of the Specialized Training Course Recovering Social Memory: A Transversal Perspective from the Social Sciences during the academic years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.

2008, he has been the Andalusian delegate of the Amical of Mauthausen and Other Camps and of All the Victims of Nazism in Spain, an entity founded by the Spanish survivors of the French extermination camps in 1962.