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The Mass Graves of the Spanish Civil War: Exhuming Bodies, Producing Knowledge

Two years of events, culminating in a conference held April 23-24, 2010, examine the role that recent exhumations of mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and subsequent dictatorship have had in the emergence of the movement for the “recovery of historical memory” in Spain.  At the beginning of the 21st century, over 30,000 bodies were still interred in mass graves throughout the country.  We will analyze the multiple and complex relations between bodies and knowledge that arise in these exhumations and that explain their political, social, cultural and legal significance in Spain and in other post-authoritarian or post-conflict settings.

Ofelia Ferran (Spanish and Portuguese Studies), Principal Investigator
Co-PI: Elisabeth Hilbink (Political Science)

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