This book examines the contested representations of those murdered during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s in two small rural communities as they undergo the experience of exhumation, identification, and reburial from nearby mass graves. Based on interviews with relatives of the dead, community members and forensic archaeologists, it pays close attention to the role of excavated objects and images in breaking the pact of silence that surrounded the memory of these painful events for decades afterward. It also assesses the significance of archaeological and forensic practices in changing relationships between the living and dead. The exposure of graves has opened up a discursive space in Spanish society for multiple representations to be made of the war dead and of Spain’s traumatic past.
Políticas de la memoria
El pasado bajo tierra: exhumaciones y políticas de la memoria en la España contemporánea en perspectiva transnacional y comparada
PIE (CSIC) 200710I006
COST IS1203 (ISTME)
H2020 REFLECTIVE-5-2015, ref. 693523 (UNREST)