Conference – Cuerpo, ciencia, memoria y política en las exhumaciones contemporáneas

Madrid conferenceLa conferencia final del proyecto I+D+i El pasado bajo tierra quiere detenerse ante estos múltiples regímenes de evidencia y considerar las formas en las que el cuerpo exhumado produce significados – tanto científicos como políticos, sociales y culturales – en el contexto de las exhumaciones de fosas comunes. En la última década, la práctica de exhumar se ha vuelto cada vez más importante para hacer frente a los pasados violentos. Con ello, el cuerpo exhumado ha transformado no solamente las prácticas y los valores forenses y judiciales, sino también las elaboraciones políticas, sociales y culturales de dicho pasado. En esta conferencia planteamos el diálogo entre diferentes prácticas, metodologías y preocupaciones teóricas que orientan los discursos actuales de memoria y derechos humanos desde la perspectiva del cuerpo exhumado, tomado como objeto material y discursivo. A través de un debate interdisciplinar y fomentando un diálogo entre estudios de caso comparativos, buscamos el acercamiento al cuerpo exhumado desde una perspectiva transnacional y comparada, como un objeto de análisis que puede ayudar a iluminar las complejidades de construir sentido y reivindicaciones en el espacio público a partir de las evidencias físicas.

¿De qué manera se relaciona el cuerpo exhumado como objeto de tratamiento técnico, memoria cultural y también como sujeto performativo con el mapa transnacional emergente de memorias y pasados violentos?

El congreso tendrá lugar en castellano e inglés, que tendrá lugar en el CCHS-CSIC los días 2 y 3 de julio de 2015. Habrá traducción simultánea disponible. Entrada libre con inscripción. Para registrarse, enviar e-mail a politicasdelamemoria@gmail.com antes del 29 de junio, incluyendo NOMBRE, APELLIDOS y DNI o NIE. En caso de necesitar certificado de asistencia, por favor indicadlo en la inscripción.

Seminar – Territories of death, trajectories of bodies in mass violence contexts

Madrid conferenceFollowing the creation of territories of death, a new phase starts with the process of exhumation and the production of new spaces: spaces of exhumation and spaces of re-inhumation. The dialogue between these spaces or, more generally, the relationship between corpses produced by mass violence and the spaces in which these bodies are related raises a variety of questions: What are these places? To whom do they belong? How are they lived and imagined? What does the presence of dead bodies do to them? What political, symbolic, and religious uses have been made of these territories of death?

The seminar, Territories of death, trajectories of bodies in mass violence contexts, took place on 21 May 2014 at Casa de Velázquez, Madrid. It was organised by the École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide (ERC programme), and the Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología (CSIC, Madrid).

Just published: “Exhuming the defeated: Civil War mass graves in 21st-century Spain”, by Francisco Ferrándiz

Francisco FERRÁNDIZ, social anthropologist at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spanish National Research Council), has just published an article in the last issue (Vol 40, n°1, february 2013) of the journal American Anthropologist, dealing with exhumations occuring in Spain. The exhumations of two mass graves in a small Spanish village, conducted eight years apart, illustrate changing attitudes towards and procedures related to Civil War (1936–39) disinterments over the last decade. The sudden public visibility oLink to full-size graphical abstractf skeletons of civilians executed by Francisco Franco’s paramilitary has triggered heated debates both about how to handle these remains in a consolidated democratic state and what to make of related judicial and institutional initiatives.

To read more : see here.

Conference “The case of victims in Spain and Europe”, 28-29 May 2012 in Madrid

The case of victims in Spain and Europe: civil wars, terrorism and political acts of violence.
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.

Conference website:
http://www.casadevelazquez.org/en/home/calendar-of-events/scientific-research/news/the-case-of-victims-in-spain-and-europe-1/