International conference. Bodies out of Place: Mass Violence, Mass Graves and Necropolitics, 2018.

International congress

Bodies out of place: Mass Violence, Mass Graves and Necropolitics.


From 18 July to 21 July 2018

Summer Courses UPV/EHU.

Scientific management: Francisco Etxeberria, Francisco Ferrándiz

Organizing committee:
Cursos de verano UPV-EHU, Marije Hristova, Zoé de Kerangat, Laura Martín-Chiappe, Laura Langa y Miriam Saqqa.







Aintzane Ezenarro (Gogora)


Fernando Martínez López (Director General de Memoria Histórica del Gobierno de España)


Alexei Yurchak (University of California, Berkeley/Institut d’Etudes Avancées, Paris) “Lenin’ body between forensic and art”

Session 1: Old Violences Exposed:

 Chair: Amaia Goenaga (Gogora)

Lourdes Herrasti (Aranzadi): The Archaeology of Exhumations.

Zoé de Kerangat (CSIC/UAM): Exposed Bodies and Pre-Forensic Rituals: Exhumations of the Victims of Francoist Repression during the Spanish Transition.

Antonius Robben (U Utrecht): Coping with Massive Urban Death: Mourning and Recovery during the German and Allied Bombing of Rotterdam.

Élisabeth Anstett (CNRS-Adés, Marseille): Silent Stocks: On Long Lasting Clandestine Mass Graves in Post-Soviet Russia and Elsewhere.

Session 2: Exhumaciones en el ámbito legal / Exhumations within Legal Realms:

Chair: Laura Pego (UPV-EHU)

Francisco Etxeberria (UPV-EHU/Aranzadi): The Role of Aranzadi in the Exhumations of Graves of the Civil War.

Sévane Garibian (U Genève): Ley y restos humanos. En busca de un estatus jurídico / Law and Human Remains: In Search of a Legal Status.

Stephanie Golob (CUNY-Baruch, NY): Inside Out: Transnational Legal Learning and Mass Grave Exhumation / De la fosa al mundo.

Derek Congram (U Toronto): “In the Meanwhile”, Until When?: Immediate Meassures for the Recovery of the Victims of the Colombian Conflict.

Session 3: Exhumaciones en el sur global / Exhumations in the Global South:

Chair: Marije Hristova (CSIC)

Laura Langa (CSIC/UAM): Spiritualities and Materialities Around Death: The River Atá as a Moving Grave and Live for the Yu´luuçx (Colombia).

Luis Fondebrider (EAAF): Social and Technical Aspects of Exhumations in Timor and Central African Republic.

Carolina Robledo (CIESAS D.F., México): Citizen-led Exhumations without “Truth” and “Justice?: Dilemmas around Cooperative Work with “Las buscadoras de El Fuerte” (Sinaloa, México).

Session 4: Aspectos religiosos de las exhumaciones / Religious Aspects of Mass grave Exhumations:

Chair: Ulrike Capdepón (U Konstanz/Princeton)

María García Alonso (UNED): The Power of Bones: Religious and Profane Uses of Spanish Civil War relics.

Miriam Saqqa (CSIC): Investigating the Biopolitics of Francoism: From the Corpse to the Archive.

Marije Hristova (CSIC) y Monika Zychlinska (U Warsaw): Łączka in a Jar: Devotion and Sacralization in Mass Grave Exhumations of the Cursed Soldiers in Poland.

Germán Labrador (U de Princeton): The Memory and the Stone: Francoist Repression y Popular Art In Postwar Galicia.

Session 5: Exhumaciones y fantasmagorias / Ghostly Matters and Exhumations:

Moderación / Chair: Alejandro Baer (U Minnesota)

Paul Sorrentino (Max Planck Institute): Exhumations and Spiritualist Rituals in Contemporary Vietnam.

Mariana Tello (CONICET, Argentina): Stories of (Re) Apparition: Disappearances and Mass Grave’s Ghosts.

Francisco Ferrándiz (CSIC) / Julián López García (UNED): Graves, Exhumations and Paranormal Memories.

Session 6: Kinship Relationships around Mass Graves:

Chair: Stephanie Golob (CUNY-Baruch)

Maria Laura Martín-Chiappe (CSIC/UAM): Political Empowerment in Family Claims.

Alfonso Villalta (UNED): Enmity and Help on the Eve of Death

Zahira Aragüete (U Genève): Remaking Familiar Identity through the Contested Archival Trace in Extremadura.

Victor Toom (Goethe University): Forensic identification of 9/11 victims in New York: Labs, Families and Politics.

Session 7: Exhumations and Sovereignty:

Chair: Marije Hristova (CSIC)

Queralt Solé (U Barcelona): Bertrán de Quintana, the Judge of the Clandestine Cemeteries in Catalonia (1937-1938).

Sarah Wagner (Georges Washington U): Marking Presence, Absence, and Those in Between: A Story of Vietnam War MIA Accounting, Fifty Years Afterwards.

Isaías Pérez-Rojas (Rutgers U): Sovereignty in Ruins: Necropower, Necro-governmentality, and the Figure of the People in Peru’s Post-War Andes.

Natan Sznaider (Academic College Tel-Aviv): Guilt: The Materiality of a Sentiment.


Eyal weizman (Goldsmiths U): Forensic architecture.

Session 8: Representations of the Forensic Turn:

Chair: Daniel Palacios (U Köln)

Jean-Marc Dreyfus (U Manchester): A Discreet Visual Culture: Photos of Exhumations in Post-WWII Germany.

Lee Douglas (Museo Reina Sofia): Over, On, In: Forensic Vision and the Iconography of Recuperation.

Ulrike Capdepón (U Konstanz/Princeton): Monumentality and Forensic Turn: Current Debates about the Representation of the Dead in Madrid.

Alejandro Baer, Brieanna Petersen y Joe Eggers (U Minnesota): From “Massacres perpetrated by the Sioux” to the “Dakota Genocide”: Conflicting Representations of Minnesota’s “Forgotten War”.

Session 9: Silences, disappearances and atopias

Chair: Zahira Aragüete (U Genève)

Jose Luis Prieto (Consejo Médico Forense): Clandestine Migration in the Mediterranean from a Forensic Perspective: a Silent Catastrophy.

Gabriel Gatti (UPV-EHU): The (Confused) Body of the Living Disappeared: Images of Melilla, Mexico and Uruguay.

Zuzanna Dziuban (U Konstanz/U Amsterdam): Atopic Objects: The Afterlives of Golden Teeth Stolen from the Holocaust Graves.


Mesa 1: New challenges in forensic science: from crime scene to humanitarian intervention:


Francisco Etxeberria (UPV-EHU/ Aranzadi)


Francisco Etxeberria (UPV-EHU/ Aranzadi)

Morris Tidball (U Coimbra y Milán)

Mercedes Salado (EAAF)

Lourdes Herrasti (Aranzadi)

Luis Fondebrider (EAAF)

José Luis Prieto (Consejo Médico Forense)

Fernando Serrulla (Asociación Española de Antropología y Odontología Forense)

Ignasi Galtés (Aranzadi-UAB-IMLCFC)

Mesa 3: Políticas de memoria contemporáneas en el Estado español / Memory Politics in Contemporary Spain

Coordinación / Convener: Aintzane Ezenarro (Gogora)

Álvaro Baraibar Etxeberría (Director general de Paz, Convivencia y Derechos Humanos del Gobierno de Navarra)

Javier Giráldez (Director General de Memoria Democrática de la Junta de Andalucía)

Eduardo García-Leonardo Tobarra (Jefe del Servicio de la Dirección General de Reformas Democráticas y Acceso a la Justicia Generalitat Valenciana)


Experiencias y extravíos. Seminario de Estudios Visuales y Antropología de la Imagen

Diálogos posibles:

Pensar las imágenes desde

los cuidados

24 March 2021



Zoé de Kerangat (Proyecto Subtierro, CSIC)

“Cuerpos expuestos y practicas de cuidado a través de las fotografías de la exhumación de los años 70 y 80”

María Roson (UCM)

“Red y cultura material: una aproximación a la guerra de España y al exilio desde los cuidados”



Marcos, Franco, Lenin: Necropolitical Dissonances

Marcos, Franco, Lenin:
Necropolitical Dissonances

Friday 29 January 2021, 6 pm






Jocelyn Martin Ateneo of Manila University
Marcos: from Dictator to Hero

Francisco Ferrándiz Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
Franco, exhumed in disgrace: from Caudillo to War Criminal

Alexei Yurchak University of California at Berkeley
Laboratory of the Future: Lenin’s body between biochemistry and art

Discussant: Antonius C.G.M. Robben Utrecht University

Register in advance here

Live-streamed in the MSA’s YouTube channel

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ETXEBERRIA, Francisco (coord.) (2020). The exhumations of the Civil War and the Franco dictatorship 2000-2019. Current status and recommendations for the future



The exhumations of the Civil War and the Franco dictatorship 2000-2019. Current status and recommendations for the future

Francisco Etxeberria (coord.)


XIV SMH – Zoé de Kerangat. Removing heaven and ground. The exhumations during the transition.

XIV Historical Memory and Human Rights Week Giulia Tamayo in Soria

XIV SMH – Zoé de Kerangat. Removing heaven and ground. The exhumations during the transition.



Conference “Memory and Oblivion in the Post-Holocaust Era: The Ethics of “Never Again

Conference “Memory and Oblivion in the Post-Holocaust Era: The Ethics of “Never Again in the Sefarad-Israel Center

Conference by Alejandro Baer that gathers the research published in the book with the same title. Natan Sznaider, co-author of the book, will participate in the dialogue following the talk.
The duty of memory surrounding the Holocaust has been dispersed throughout the world and interacts with other narratives of victimization that require equal treatment. Are there crimes that should be forgotten and others that should be remembered?


Exhibition “Fake Games. The Collectivized Monument” at the IVAM

Exhibition “Fake Games. The Collectivized Monument” at the IVAM

The director of the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), José Miguel G. Cortés, the curator Miguel Caballero, and the artist, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, will present the exhibition Fake Games to the media. The collectivized monument.

The artist proposes the creation of a collective memorial in gallery 6 of the museum from one of the most iconic photographs of the Spanish Civil War: Death of a militiaman attributed to Robert Capa and Gerda Taro.

The main installation of the sample is a memorial based on the exchange of a small figure of a little plastic soldier, inspired by the famous militiaman photographed by Capa / Taro. Visitors over the age of fifteen – the minimum age for enlisting in the militias – can take a little soldier home in exchange for a reflection on this conflict and its aftermath that will be written on the walls of the gallery.

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Experiences and deviations. Seminar on Visual Studies and Anthropology of the Image

Experiences and deviations

Seminar on Visual Studies and Anthropology of the Image



Next week begins “Experiences and deviations. Seminar on Visual Studies and Anthropology of the Image”, coordinated by Mónica Alonso Riveiro and Lidia Mateo Leivas.

It will take place at the UNED Faculty of Geography and History. Humanities Building, room 331, Senda del Rey 7, Madrid.

Our colleagues will participate in the seminar: Francisco Ferrándiz, María García Alonso, Zoé de Kerangat, Daniel Palacios and Marije Hristova.


Removing heaven and earth. The exhumations of victims of Francoism as fissures of silence in the transition

Our companion Zoé de Kerangat has obtained the outstanding cum laude with her doctoral thesis “Removing heaven and earth. The exhumations of victims of Francoism as fissures of silence in the transition”, which she defended on Friday, February 7, 2020.

The presentation took place in the Department of Contemporary History of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

The thesis was directed by Francisco Ferrándiz (CSIC) and Jesús Izquierdo (UAM). She completed the thesis with an FPI grant (funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness) in the I + D + i project CSO2012-32709 “The Underground Past: Exhumations and Memory Politics in Contemporary Spain in Transnational and Comparative Perspective”.


II Historical Memory conference. Seseña

II Historical Memory conference. Seseña

Spain at war. Violence in the rear

February 7 and 8, 2020, Seseña (Toledo))


Our partner Miriam Saqqa Carazo will participate in the conference.

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