International Conference Spatialities of Exception, Violence and Memory

The Inaugural Lecture will take place the 1st of February 2012, 7pm. At the Residencia de Estudiantes. (C/Pinar 21, Madrid). Metro Gregorio Marañon

The Workshop will take place in Madrid on the 2nd and 3rd of February 2012. From 9.30am to 7pm. At the Salón de actos. (Planta Baja, Sector E). Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC. (C/Albasanz, 26-28, Madrid). Metro Ciudad Lineal y Suanzes

he aim of the Conference is to create theoretical and conceptual bridges between the critical studies of space and the research on exception, violence and trauma. What kind of spatialities do authoritarian regimes generate and what are their effects on the daily experience of space? What consequences does the notion of camp, as nomos of the modern politics, have on our conception and experience of space? What are the localizations and effects of the archipelagos of exception upon contemporary geographies and how can we account for them? How are the spaces related to terror and exception represented and imagined in the cultural productions during and after terror regimes? What traces do State crimes leave on space and how can the so called post-traumatic architecture or the forensic architecture adequately inform of them? How do the philosophical definitions of ruin, crack and threshold help to think about these questions? And what spaces of resistance, justice or hope arise among these new cartographies of violence?

The conference will bring together researchers from Argentina, the Basque Country, Colombia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Mexico, Israel, Poland Spain, Turkey and the USA.

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ORGANISED BY: Line of research:  “Justice: Memory, Narration and Culture” (JUSMENACU)

The final date for the submission of proposals is 15 September 2012.


The final date for the submission of proposals is 15 September 2012. Proposals received after this date will not be evaluated. The organizers of the symposium will send notification of the acceptance of proposals before 31 September 2012. The final text of the conference paper must be sent before 31 October 2012 to be included on the webpage of JUSMENACU. Each conference speaker will have 15 minutes for their presentation after which there will be a round of questions and debate for a period of not more than 30 minutes.

General coordination: Graciela Fainstein (

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The case of victims in Spain and Europe Civil wars, terrorism and political acts of violence

La causa de las víctimas en España y Europa

28 May – 29 May 2012

Celebration place:

Casa de Velázquez
Ciudad universitaria
C/ de Paul Guinard, 3
28040 Madrid

Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CSIC)
C/Albasanz, 26-28 (Sala 0E18)
28037 Madrid

Org. : École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Institut Marcel Mauss (EHESS/CNRS, Paris), Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CSIC)
Col : Institut Marcel Mauss (EHESS/CNRS, Paris)

Nowadays, the political science works about the mobilization of the victims have been rather developed. Unfortunately, these studies ignore most of the time the Spanish fact which should be considered as one of the fields of investigation more appropriate and fertile to deal with this subject. The “case of victims” which could be terrorism, civil war or Franco system consequences, has been present in fact in the Spanish public debate for years.

However in Spain the cause of victims haven’t been analysed itself but in a few occasions and sometimes it is connected with subjects as the historical memory and the justice. The scarce studies trying to isolate the subject of the collective associations of victims are dealt either from a point of view psychological or historical and having a tendency to forget the contribution of the social and politic sciences.

Nevertheless we consider urgent and necessary to contribute to analyse deeply the “cause of victims” in Spain – the way it was set up and the types of reply which have been given rise – such as it is noticed in the mobilizations around the terrorism, Franco system and the civil war and whose bet in politician it is more and more important in Spain nowadays.

In this way, this international and interdisciplinary symposium will meet sociologists, anthropologists, political researchers and historians who will try to compare systematically which it is noticed in Spain from other fields of European investigations (France, Italy, Ex-Yugoslavia, etc). Therefore the aim is to get to know why is special and important the Spanish case in the potential development of the feeling of “victimhood” in Europe during the XX and XXI centuries.

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Summer Course “Conflicting Memories: Spain, Germany and Austria”

Complutense University, El Escorial, July 16th to 20th, 2012

The memory of the dictatorial past plays an important role in political, social and artistic discourse in democratic states such as Spain, Germany and Austria. Throughout the complex process of remembering and forgetting, each of these countries faces its history in a particular way, whether Nazi Germany, the Austria of Austro-Fascism and annexation of the Third Reich or the Spain of the Civil War and Francoism.

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Call for papers: Workshop on Sustainable Peace: Old and New Approaches

Workshop on Sustainable Peace: Old and New Approaches. 1-2 December 2011, University of Deusto, Spain.

Submissions should be sent to until September 15, 2011

Under the auspices of the SPBuild Sustainable Peace Building 7 Framework Programme, the University of Deusto, the Doctorate in International and Intercultural Studies, Deusto Rearch Group on Social and Cultural Challenges in a Changing World and the UNESCO-Santander Chair in Human Resources for Latin America welcome contributions to the Workshop on Sustainable Peace: Old and New Approaches on 1-2 December 2011.

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Conference “Below Ground: Contemporary Mass Grave Exhumations from the Spanish Civil War”

Congreso Internacional Bajo tierra.

CCHS-CSIC / Madrid, June 29th – July 1st, 2011 (9:30-19:00  h.)

Sala Menéndez Pidal (0E18)
Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC
C/Albasanz, 26-28. Madrid 28037, SPAIN 
Metro Ciudad Lineal y Suances.

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Wednesday, June 29 
9:30 Presentación

  • Eduardo Manzano (CCHS-CSIC)
  • Francisco Ferrándiz (CCHS-CSIC)

10:00 Conferencia Inaugural: Placing the Civil War Dead. Heonik Kwon (London School of Economics)

12:00 – 14:00 Mesa de ponentes: Políticas de la memoria y el impacto contemporáneo de las exhumaciones

  • Moderador: Reyes Mate (CCHS-CSIC)
  • Francisco Ferrándiz (CCHS-CSIC): Ultratumba: fosas comunes y fusilados del siglo XXI
  • Francisco Etxeberria (U País Vasco): Exhumaciones contemporáneas en España: perspectiva médico-forense
  • Paloma Aguilar (UNED): La implicación del sistema judicial en la represión autoritaria y su incidencia en las medidas de justicia transicional

16:30-18:30 Mesa de ponentes: Mediaciones culturales

  • Moderador: Luis Díaz (CCHS-CSIC)
  • Alejandro Baer (U Bayreuth): Memoria colectiva y globalización: del Holocausto a las fosas de Franco
  • Luis Martín Cabrera (U California San Diego): El lenguaje de la memoria: obsolescencia, testimonio e historia oral
  • Germán Labrador Méndez (U Princeton): Memoria histórica antes de la memoria histórica: poesía de posguerra, fosas comunes y contrahegemonía bajo el franquismo

Thursday, June 30 
9:30-11:30 Conferencia Invitada:

  • Kimberly Theidon (U Harvard): Transitional Justice and Truth Commissions. The Peruvian Case

12:00-14:00 Mesa de ponentes: Memorias transnacionales y justicia universal

  • Moderador: Juan Villarías (CCHS-CSIC)
  • Stephanie Golob (Baruch College-CUNY): Siting/Citing the Global: International Law, Globalized Norms, and Garzón’s ‘Caso Franquismo’ (2008)
  • Ulrike Capdepón (CCHS-CSIC Madrid): Los desaparecidos de la Guerra Civil: entre prácticas locales y normas universales de confrontarse al pasado franquista
  • María García Alonso (UNED): Los nuevos testigos de la fe: mártires y política en la España del siglo XXI

16:30-18:30 Mesa de ponentes: Perspectivas comparadas

  • Moderador: Gabriel Gatti (UPV-EHU)
  • Luis Fondebrider (EAAF): La búsqueda científica de personas desaparecidas en procesos de violencia política
  • Antonius Robben (U Utrecht): Memory, Mourning and Exhumations in Chile and Argentina
  • Carlos Closa (CCHS-CSIC): El ‘Informe Closa’: Perspectivas europeas

Friday, July 1 
9:30-11:30 Conferencia Invitada:

  • Victoria Sanford (Lehman College-CUNY): Conflicto armado y exhumaciones en Guatemala

12:00-14:30 Mesa de ponentes: El movimiento de la memoria histórica

  • Moderador: Emilio Silva (Presidente ARMH)
  • Guillermo Fouce (U Carlos III de Madrid): Psicología y memoria histórica
  • Ángel del Río (U Sevilla): Memorias en conflicto: el movimiento memorialista en Andalucía
  • Ariel Jerez (U Complutense de Madrid): La Plataforma contra la Impunidad del franquismo
  • José Luis Muga (U Rey Juan Carlos): La apertura de las fosas comunes como impulso para recuperar la memoria democrática

16:30-18:30 Mesa de ponentes: Enfoques históricos y locales

  • Moderador: Pedro Tomé (CCHS-CSIC)
  • Queralt Solé (U Barcelona): La represión de género en la guerra civil: La violencia de los sublevados
  • José Ignacio Fernández de Mata (U Burgos): Silencios insertados en la memoria: Los conflictos de la culpa en la recuperación de la República
  • Luis Ríos (U Autónoma Madrid): Estudio antropológico forense de restos óseos humanos exhumados de fosas comunes del periodo de la  guerra civil (1936-1939) y de cementerios de presos de la inmediata posguerra (1938-1943)

Research Project: The POlitics of Memory in Contemporary Spain: A Decade of Exhumations (MICINN, CSO2009–09681)


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Conferencia impartida por Javier Rodrigo (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)
Seminario permanente: Rastros y rostros de la violencia. 24 de marzo de 2011, 12:00 horas
Sala Sánchez Albornoz (2E10/2E27)
Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC
C/Albasanz, 26-28. Madrid 28037 
Metro Ciudad Lineal y Suances. 

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24 de febrero 2011, 12:00 horas

Sala María Moliner (1F8/1F22)
Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC
C/Albasanz, 26-28. Madrid 28037 
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Poesía, posguerra, represión y tumbas. Las voces de “Los muertos” de José Luis Hidalgo (1947)

Conferencia impartida por GePoesía, posguerra, represión y tumbas.rmán Labrador  Méndez (Universidad de Princeton)
Seminario permanente: Rastros y rostros de la violencia 


20 de enero 2011, 12:00 horas
Sala Ramón Carande (2F8/2F23)

Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC
C/Albasanz, 26-28. Madrid 28037 
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“La guerra que nos han mostrado: violencia, representación cinematográfica y memoria colectiva”

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Seminario permanente: Rastros y rostros de la violencia 

16 de diciembre de 2010, 12:00 horas
Sala María Moliner (1F8/1F22)

Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC
C/Albasanz, 26-28. Madrid 28037
Metro Ciudad Lineal y Suances

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