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.

Miriam Saqqa Carazo

Miriam Saqqa Carazo is archaeologist and physical anthropologist. Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council, she is PhD candidate in History and Archeology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She holds a Master Degree in Physical Anthropology and a B.A. in History at the Autonomous University of Madrid. She has worked on archaeological projects and human remains researches in Spain and Palestine, including a research for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Palestine. She has also taught graduate and postgraduate courses at the Universidad de Oriente, Cuba. Currently, she investigates the exhumations carried out during and after the Civil War by the Spanish State, as part of the research project “BELOW GROUND: Mass Grave Exhumations and Human Rights in Historical, Transnational and Comparative Perspective”.


 Main publications (Author and co-author):

  • (2017) “Application of the Maxillary Suture Obliteration Method for estimation of the age at death of prisoners in the Valdenoceda Francoist Prison.” In Nataša Miladinović-RadmilovićKsenija Đukić (eds.) Bioarchaeology in the Balkans. Markers of occupational stress and other studies. Papers of the Bioarchaeological section of The Serbian Archaeological Society. ISBN 978-86-84457-18-1
  • (2017) “Patologías dentales de presos de la guerra civil, aproximación a las condiciones de reclusión en las cárceles franquistas. El caso del penal de Valdenoceda (1938-1943)”.  [Article in press]. In Díaz-Zorita Bonilla, M., Escudero Carillo, J., López Flores, I., Lucena Romero, J., Mora Rosa, E. y Robles Carrasco, S. (Eds.). Paleopatología y Bioarqueología, contextualizando el registro óseo. Actas del XIII Congreso Nacional de Paleopatología. Asociación Profesional de Bioarqueología y Asociación Nacional de Paleopatología. Sevilla. I.S.B.N.: 978-84-697-6581-4.
  • (2017) “Mártires y Caídos por Dios y por España: Una aproximación a la gestión de sus cuerpos”. [Article in press] In Publicación Memorias en Red con el Museo por la Paz de Gernika.
  • (2016) “Estudio Antropológico y paleopatológico de los restos óseos de la iglesia de Santo Domingo de Silos (Prádrena del Rincón, S.XII-XV)” En Actas del XIX Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Antropología Física (SEAF).
  • (2014) “Mano misteriosa: uno de los ejemplos de los problemas de colaboración entre arqueólogos y antropólogos físicos” In Actas de las VI Reunión Científica de la Asociación Española de Antropología y Odontología Forense (AEAOF).
  • (2013) “Experiencia del proceso de obtención de marcas de pisadas en material óseo según el tipo de sedimento y la profundidad”, In Boletín de Arqueología Experimental (BAEX), nº9, Departamento de Prehistoria y Arqueología de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid ISSN: 1138‐9353.

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).

Natan Sznaider

Prof. Dr. Natan Sznaider is professor of sociology at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo in Israel. He was born in Germany, educated in Israel and the United States. He has taught at Columbia University in New York and at Munich University in Germany. He is part of an international research team investigating cultural memory in Europe, Israel, and Latin America. His books include Jewish Memory and the Cosmopolitan Order (2011), Human Rights and Memory (2010), Gedächtnisraum Europa: Kosmopolitismus: Jüdische Erfahrung und Europäische Vision (2008), The Holocaust and Memory in the Global Age (2005) and The Compassionate Temperament: Care and Cruelty in Modern Society (2001).

Alfonso Villalta

Alfonso Villalta

Alfonso Villalta has a degree in History from the University of Castilla-La Mancha and a Master’s in Historical Heritage: Research and management by the same university. He is currently a predoctoral researcher in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the UNED and PhD student in Anthropology under the direction of Professor Julián López García. His thesis work focuses on the analysis of aid relationships between enemies that were established during the civil war and postwar.

He has been part of the research project CSO2012-32709 “The Underground Past: Exhumations and Memory Politics in Contemporary Spain in Transnational and Comparative Perspective”. He is currently part of the research project CSO2015-66104-R “Below Ground: Mass Grave Exhumations and Human Rights in Historical, Transnational and Comparative Perspective”, and of the project “Memory Maps” of the International Center for Memory Studies and Human Rights in the UNED.




Sarah Wagner

Sarah E. Wagner is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University. Her areas of expertise include: War and memory; nationalism; biotechnology and the identification of missing persons; post-conflict social reconstruction; forced migration and diaspora; Bosnia and Herzegovina; US military culture.

Selected publications:
  • 2016 – Wagner, S. and R. Kešetović “Absent Bodies, Absent Knowledge: The Forensic Work of Identifying Srebrenica’s Missing and the Social Experiences of Families,” D. Congram, ed., Missing Persons: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Methods on Finding the Disappeared (Canadian Scholars Press, 2016), 42-59.
  • 2016 – Wagner, S. and Rosenblatt, A.“Known Unknowns: DNA Identifications, the Nation-state, and the Iconic Dead,” in C. Stojanowsk and W. Duncan, eds., Case Studies in Forensic Biohistory: Anthropological Perspectives (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016).
  • 2015 – Wagner, S. “A Curious Trade: The Recovery and Repatriation of Vietnam MIAs,” Comparative Studies in Society and History  57(1) (2015): 161-190.
  • 2014 – Nettelfield, L.J., and S. Wagner. Srebenica in the Aftermath of Genocide. New York: Cambridge University Press. Bosnian edition, Srebrenica nakon genocida, trans. Senada Kreso (Institute for History, University of Sarajevo, 2015)
  • 2008 – Wagner, S. To Know Where He Lies: DNA Technology and the Search for Srebrenica’s Missing. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • 2013 – Wagner, S. “The making and unmaking of an unknown soldier,” Social Studies of Science 43(5): 631-656.
  • 2010 – Wagner, S. “Identifying Srebrenica’s missing: The ‘shaky balance’ of universalism and particularism.” In A. Hinton, ed., Transitional Justice: Global Mechanisms and Local Realities after Genocide and Mass Violence. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • 2010 – Wagner, S. “Tabulating loss, entombing memory: The Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Centre.” In E. Anderson, A. Maddrell, K. McLoughlin, and A. Vincent, eds., Memory, Mourning, Landscape. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • 2009  – Wagner, S., and C. Quintyn. “Dismantling a national icon: Genetic testing and the Tomb of the Unknowns,” Anthropology News 50(5): 7-9.
  • 2007 – Wagner, S. and L. Smith, “DNA identification: checking expectations of truth and justice,” Anthropology News, 48(5) (2007): 35.