Memory and History: Transforming the Narrative of the Spanish Civil War and Francoist Dictatorship

Memory and History is a bilingual digital humanities project that pairs richly annotated oral history interviews with multimodal scholarship to transform the narrative of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and Francoist dictatorship (1939-1975) by making the audiovisual testimonies of the SCWMP accessible to members of the interested public, students, and scholars of memory, political violence, and anti-fascist resistance.  As part of this project, I am currently directing a digital internship program. To learn more or get involved click here to see the announcement.

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Organizer: Digital Humanities Research Institute @ A-State

DHRI@A-State was a three-day workshop held from 29-31 March 2019 at the Arkansas State University Faculty Center as part of a national network of Digital Humanities Research Institutes supported by the  Graduate Center Digital Initiatives at CUNY and the National Endowment for the Humanities. During the institute, participants explored digital humanities research and pedagogy, developed computational skills through hands-on workshops, and began designing their own digital humanities projects for research or teaching. The Digital Humanities Research Group, an outgrowth of the 2019 institute, hosts regular events for faculty, staff, and graduate students to promote digitally-enhanced scholarly communication, research, and pedagogy at A-State. 

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Co-Editor and Contributor: Special Issue on Digital Humanities, Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 43, no.1 (2018); Co-Editor: Special Issue on Iberian in Transnational and Entangled Contexts, Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 44, no.1 (2019)

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“Enforcing the Transition: The Demobilization of Collective Memory in Spain, 1979-1982,”  Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 92, no. 6 (2015): 673-695.

Abstract:

This article analyzes the efforts of grassroots actors in Spain to counter the persistent institutional biases and state-sponsored messages of the Francoist dictatorship following the democratization of municipal governments in 1979. By following struggles over appropriate democratic symbols, narratives and behaviors, the article demonstrates, first, that collective memory was vibrant as grassroots actors brought attention to the living legacies of the dictatorship. Continuing their long struggle for democracy, they pressured political elites to go beyond the modest reforms negotiated at the Transition’s outset. Second, it explains how the social networks where collective memories were articulated were progressively demobilized as elites legitimized and enforced the democratic settlement reached. The article, as such, counters the widely held view that the decision not to confront the past during the Transition was the result of broad consensus.

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