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ETKIND, Alexander. (2013) Warped Mourning

After Stalin’s death in 1953, the Soviet Union dismantled the enormous system of terror and torture that he had created. But there has never been any Russian ban on former party functionaries, nor any external authority to dispense justice. Memorials to the Soviet victims are inadequate, and their families have received no significant compensation. This […]

Ferrándiz, F. & Robben, A. -editors- (2015): Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights

“This excellent and timely volume . . . opens up new avenues of global comparison and investigation. As if understanding the past was not daunting in itself, the chapters in this collection provide fascinating accounts of the political and legal struggles surrounding exhumations, and these often include popular mobilizations that are both intensely local and globally connected. I know of no other volume that addresses the topic of exhumations as profoundly, and in as many disparate cases in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.”—From the Foreword by Richard Ashby Wilson.

Faces and Traces of Violence: Memory Politics in Global Perspective

this dossier displays a selection of the work presented during the last few years in the permanent international seminar Faces and Traces of Violence/Rastros y rostros de la violencia held monthly at ILLA-CCHS-CSIC (Madrid, Spain). The seminar began in April 2008 —when it was still unnamed— with talks by Renato Rosaldo and Marie Louise Pratt (New York University) who presented, respectively, on ethnographic narratives and the ‘linguistics of war’ in the Afghanistan conflict.

F. FERRÁNDIZ (2014): El pasado bajo tierra

Las exhumaciones de fosas comunes de la Guerra Civil han sido uno de los temas más delicados y controvertidos de la primera década del siglo XXI en España. Aunque hay precedentes de ciclos exhumadores durante la guerra y el franquismo, e incluso desde la transición, las exhumaciones contemporáneas se distinguen por dos aspectos fundamentales: por la presencia de equipos técnicos arqueológicos y forenses vinculados a discursos y prácticas globalizados de los derechos humanos; y por su emergencia en la sociedad de la información y el conocimiento, factor básico en su difusión y reciclaje en el tejido social y político.

ETXEBERRIA, F. y PLA, K.(2014): El Fuerte de San Cristóbal en la memoria: de prisión a centro penitenciario

En este libro se resume la información generada a partir de las investigaciones llevadas a cabo en el cementerio del Fuerte de San Cristóbal del monte Ezkaba. Pruebas que han sido obtenidas formalmente y que revelan la enorme injusticia sufrida por miles de presos republicanos encerrados en los húmedos subterráneos de esta fortificación militar. Derrotados y enfermos, la dictadura franquista los mantuvo encarcelados haciendo sufrir además a sus familias, también convertidas en víctimas.

DEL RÍO, A. -Coord.- (2014): Memoria de las cenizas. Andaluces en los campos de concentración nazis

A pesar de la abundante literatura existente sobre las víctimas del nazismo, el drama de la deportación de los republicanos y antifascistas andaluces a los campos nazis sigue siendo un tema muy desconocido. Todavía es predominante la idea de que los campos de concentración fueron ideados para el exterminio del pueblo judío en exclusividad. Y genera contrariedad, estupor y sorpresa que en esos siniestros recintos hubiera personas vestidas con raídos trajes a rayas que hablaban con acento andaluz y soñaban con sus pueblos.

CROSSLAND, Z. (2014): Ancestral Encounters in Highland Madagascar: Material Signs and Traces of the Dead

Nineteenth-century highland Madagascar was a place inhabited by the dead as much as the living. Ghosts, ancestors, and the possessed were important historical actors alongside local kings and queens, soldiers, traders, and missionaries. This book considers the challenges that such actors pose for historical accounts of the past and for thinking about questions of presence and representation.

NETTELFIELD, L. & WAGNER, S. (2013): Srebrenica in the Aftermath of Genocide

The fall of the United Nations “safe area” of Srebrenica in July 1995 to Bosnian Serb and Serbian forces stands out as the international community’s most egregious failure to intervene during the Bosnian war. It led to genocide, forced displacement, and a legacy of loss. But wartime inaction has since spurred numerous postwar attempts to address the atrocities’ effects on Bosnian society and its diaspora. Srebrenica in the Aftermath of Genocide reveals how interactions between local, national, and international interventions – from refugee return and resettlement to commemorations, war crimes trials, immigration proceedings, and election reform – have led to subtle, positive effects of social repair, despite persistent attempts at denial. Using an interdisciplinary approach, diverse research methods, and more than a decade of fieldwork in five countries, Lara J. Nettelfield and Sarah E. Wagner trace the genocide’s reverberations in Bosnia and abroad. The findings of this study have implications for research on post-conflict societies around the world.