XXII Ankulegi Anthropology Conference (2019)

XXII Ankulegi Anthropology Conference (2019)

“Anthropology in the face of death”

San Sebastián, 12 April 2019


Zoé de Kerangat and Miriam Saqqa Carazo will take part in the XXII Ankulegi Anthropology Conference, “Anthropology in the face of death”, which will be held on 12 April at the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastián. The conference was organised by the Ankulegi association and the Department of Philosophy of Values and Social Anthropology of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

Death is present in all societies and times, although, like any biological and social process at the same time, it manifests itself in very different ways depending on the cultural and historical context. The XXII Ankulegi Anthropology Conference, linked to the exhibition “Heriotza. Ante la muerte”, organised by the San Telmo Museum, will focus this year on death and its multiple representations and meanings: How is death faced and how is it communicated? What form do funeral ceremonies and rituals take? What are the characteristics of the process of mourning, mourning or the search for meaning and recomposition after a death? What relationship do the living establish with corpses? How are the dead dismissed and how are the dead remembered? What is their presence in society (symbolic, ghostly, spiritual, festive)?


Program of the conference

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Tribute to the victims of Franco’s regime in Herrera del Duque

Tribute to the victims of Franco’s regime

in Herrera del Duque

March 16 and 17, 2019

Francisco Ferrándiz and Zoé de Kerangat will participate in the Second Tribute to the victims of Franco’s regime in Herrera del Duque (Badajoz).



Course “Anthropology and historical memory: victims, politics and justice” in the National Museum of Anthropology (Madrid)

Anthropology and historical memory: victims, politics and justice

April 2, 3 and 4, 2019

National Museum of Anthropology (Madrid)

Course coordinated by Francisco Ferrándiz (Researcher in the CHSS-CSIC), Zoé de Kerangat (member of the Memories in Network association and researcher in the CHSS-CSIC), Patricia Alonso (NMA) and Belén Soguero (NMA).

Organized by the Center for Human and Social Sciences (CSIC), Memories in Network association, Cauri, Association of Friends of the NMA, the Complutense University of Madrid and the National Museum of Anthropology.

Full program

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A Change of Aesthetics: Citizen Ruptures in the Spanish Transition

A course conducted by Germán Labrador

24, 25, 28, 30 and 31 January 2019

Museo Reina Sofía, 5pm / Sabatini Building, Workshops


This course, with its design rooted in the exhibition The Poetics of Democracy. Images and Counter-Images from the Spanish Transition, explores the imaginary of 1970s Spain from a central hypothesis: the articulation, in the confrontation with Francoism and post-Francoism, of citizens’ breakaway resulting from an upsurge in certain aesthetic practices. Through these practices, new political subjects were shaped in opposition to the regime’s institutions and forms of discipline. This other society included women, young people, neighbourhood groups and “dangers to society”, the last of which refer to the Francoist Law that stigmatised those considered a menace to the regime, from beggars to homosexuals. In parallel, the emergence of this multifarious civil society and its struggles for emancipation questions the limits of the dictatorship and the transition to democracy, its practices producing and organising alternative forms of culture and social and urban models, in addition to ways of life referred to here inside this framework as ‘transitional’. The documents of such actions and proposals constitute a democratic archive, susceptible to questioning, in exhibition terms, and intervened in from the present. Thus, to think about the transitional legacy means to reflect upon the origins, devices and limits of democracy, and imagine its possible transformations.

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Miriam Saqqa. RTPA, La buena tarde. 14/12/2018

Interview with Miriam Saqqa in the program La buena tarde, on Radiotelevisión del Principado de Asturias (RTPA), in relation to her conference: “¿Cuánta identidad cabe en unos huesos mal enterrados? Trascendencia real y simbólica de las políticas de la memoria en el Estado Español, that she gave in the Conference: La Memoria Obstinada. Miradas actuales sobre nuestra historia reciente [guerra civil, dictadura y transición].

Link to the program 


UNREST Horizon 2020

UNREST Final conference en la British School at Rome del 6 al 8 de febrero de 2019

The Horizon 2020 project ‘Unsettling Remembering and Social Cohesion in Transnational Europe’ (UNREST) Final Conference was held at the British School at Rome on 6-8 February 2019.

This international conference invited some of the leading specialists in Memory Studies, History, Social Anthropology, Political Philosophy, Cultural Studies and Human-Computer Interaction, heritage professionals, cultural practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the work of the UNREST project over two days at the prestigious British School at Rome.

Francisco Ferrándiz and Marije Hristova participated in the journeys with the following conference: “Remembering at Sites of Mass Grave Exhumations

Full program

UNREST project website


Workshop: Exhumations and Memory in contemporary Bosnia, Poland and Spain 23 March 2018

4 Debates within the debate workshop “Exhumations and Memory in contemporary Bosnia, Poland and Spain”, part of the UNREST and BELOW GROUND project by Francisco Ferrándiz (ILLA, CCHS-CSIC).

Date of celebration: 23 March, 2018 at the Center for Human and Social Sciences of the CSIC (Madrid, Spain).


Workshop: Exhumations and Memory of the Spanish Civil War in the XXI C.January 30 and 31, 2017

6 debates within the debate workshop “Exhumations and Memory of the Spanish Civil War in the XXI C” that is part of the project UNREST and BELOW GROUND, by Francisco Ferrándiz (ILLA, CCHS-CSIC) and Francisco Colom (IFS, CCHS-CSIC) .

Date of celebration: January 30 and 31, 2017 at the Center for Human and Social Sciences of the CSIC (Madrid, Spain).


UNREST Stakeholder Workshop. 19 October 2016

6 debates within the debate workshop “UNREST Stakeholder Workshop” which is part of the UNREST and SUBTIERRO project, by Francisco Ferrándiz (ILLA, CCHS-CSIC).

Date of celebration: 19 October 2016 in Brussels (Belgium)


MOOC course: How We Remember War and Violence: Theory and Practice

Consider how we recall war and violence and discover a different way to remember. Our memories of conflict are often used against us. Nationalist movements manipulate the story – offering confrontational, harmful perspectives. But there’s a different way. This course takes a new approach to remembering, ‘agonistic memory’. You’ll explore how it improves upon the other two models of memory – ‘cosmopolitan memory’ and ‘antagonistic memory’, going on to see how agonistic memory can be used in your own work to relate more accurately to the past. By the end of this course, you’ll understand how the various models are used today – and will have a new way to look at history.

Access to the course


Where the Forest Thickens – English subtitles


Within the framework of the European Project UNREST, work has been done on the creation of a play on the exhumations carried out in Poland, Bosnia Herzegovina and Spain.

In the following link you can consult the Technical Sheet of the play:
Technical Sheet

In the following link you can consult a pedagogical package of the play:


War Exhibit at the Ruhr Museum in Essen

The exhibition “Krieg.Macht.Sinn” opened at the Ruhr Museum in Essen, Germany, on 12 November 2018 and runs until 10 June 2019.

The exhibition presents controversial agonistic encounters on the level of form and content. It presents diametrically opposed opinions about the same events and exposes history to a provocative media ‘cross-fire’ for instance by featuring in close proximity authentic battle gear, explicit casualties photos, and cutting-edge video game entertainment. Rather than arranging objects and interpretations of warfare from one consistent narrative vantage point, for instance the perspective of pacifism, it presents visitors a constellation of dialogical clusters without a priori privileging one perspective/interpretation over another. Moreover, rather than focusing on one conflict it covers different wars of the 20th Century. All the while, it maintains a clear focus on Ruhr Valley history to enhance the visitors’ affective ties to the material at hand.

360º access to the exhibition

UNREST Project Policy Synthesis

The UNREST policy synthesis presents the findings of the project, reporting on the research parameters and providing evidence and analysis from the theoretical work testing agonistic memory as well as the empirical work on exhumation of mass graves and war museums. It also discusses the online course and cultural products that have been created during the project and make a number of policy recommendations on how to deal with difficult history. This policy synthesis is available in English, French, German and Spanish.

Web: UNREST Project Policy Synthesis
Policy Synthesis in English



Press releases on the project

11/12/2018. Conference by Francisco Ferrándiz in the CSS-University of Coimbra


Memory Studies: Theories, Practices, Perspectives


Emily Keightley

Francisco Ferrándiz


December 11, 2018, 15h00

Room 1, CES | Alta

Centre for Social Studies – University of Coimbra


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20-30/11/2018. Conferences “Memories, Human Rights and Citizenship”


from November 20 to 30


From the Transición to 15M

Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología

Universidad Complutense de Madrid



Our companions, Francisco Ferrándiz, Zoé de Kerangat, María Laura Martín-Chiappe, Francisco Etxeberría, and Lee Douglas, from the Politics of Memory, will participate in the conference.


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21-23/11/2018. Conference by Francisco Ferrándiz and Marije Hristova at the UCM



MADRID, NOVEMBER 21-23, 2018

Salón de Grados (Edificio A)





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19/11/2018. Conference by Francisco Ferrándiz in the DEMOSPAZ-UAM Institute

Research Seminar of the DEMOSPAZ-UAM Institute

“Enforced disappearances in the contemporary world: Referents of the global fight against impunity”


Monday, November 19, 2018 at 16:00.

Sala Mixta del Edificio Plaza Mayor de la UAM


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