Metro Suanzes & Ciudad Lineal
18.jul – 21.jul
This international conference invites some of the leading international specialists in the analysis of mass grave exhumations as human rights tools. Mass grave exhumations linked to human right violations, which already started in the mid-eighties, have become increasingly important worldwide in the 21st-century. Gradually, they have become an increasingly prestigious phenomenon for truth, justice and reparation of victims of the outmost importance, as they are radically transforming the ways in which societies deal with the traumatic past, including the consolidation of forensic science as a privileged technique and methodology for interpreting the past –a phenomenon known in social sciences as the forensic turn. The purpose of this conference is to critically analyse, in a comparative fashion, different processes of mass grave exhumations in various parts of the world, including Russia, Timor, Central African Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, the US, Vietnam, Poland, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Argentina, as well as the more specific cases of Spain and the Basque Country. Thematically, the conference includes from Civil War mass grave exhumations in Spain to the Soviet gulags, the identification of human remains recovered in the twin tower’s rubble, the search for US MIAs, the case of the Mexican searchers, post-war plundering in Holocaust mass graves, the cultural and political elaboration of the disappeared, and the religious aspects of exhumations, among others. In order to engage the comparative study of mass grave exhumations in different historical, cultural and political contexts, the conference includes scholars from different disciplines: forensic doctors, social anthropologists, lawyers, political scientists, sociologists, archaeologists, historians and literary critics. The conference also includes a monographic panel with representatives of Spain’s main memorial institutions.
Foster the formal and informal exchange and debate of the participants in the conference with world experts on this topic and introduce the participants to:
the most contemporary and up-to-date trends in the critical analysis of mass grave exhumations linked to human rights violations in a comparative and interdisciplinary environment.
some of the most relevant cases of such exhumations taking place in different parts of the world, as well as their specific contexts and the potential controversies around them.
Present with an updated panorama on the memory politics linked to mass grave exhumations and historical memory of the Civil War in Spain
Since 2002 in Colombia, more than 6,800 cases of extrajudicial executions have been reported, crimes against humanity that today, despite the rhetoric of peace, remain unpunished. Based on the experience and the story of four mothers, Maria Sanabria, Doris Tejada, Luz Marina Bernal and Lucero Carmona, whose children were disappeared and executed by the Colombian army in 2008, we will talk about how to narrate violence and pain, about the processes of resistance and struggle, and the consequences of the State that murdered its children being the one who intends to repair them. Reflections on cruelty, forgetfulness, impunity and justice.
Coordination. Laura Langa
Dynamics: Two creative projects will be presented as resistance actions. Two experiences of teaching the irreparable, examples of how to transform sadness and pain. A transformative commitment to undertake research and the role that the academy can and should play in these processes.
(1) Reading fragments of the book “Poetics of resistance against impunity and oblivion”. .. A publishing project in development, written by the mothers themselves.
(2) The screening of the short film “Relatos de resistencia contra el olvido” (16 min Colombia 2016. ENTRELAZANDO) ENTRELAZANDO), a collective creation based on the dreams that these mothers had at the time of the murder of their children.
II Conference on cultural Heritage, Memory and Archeology
November 24 from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
AMTTA, MCyP and AUDEMA and the collaboration of the Hon. City Council of Alcalá de Henares
The underground past: exhumations and memory politics in Spain contemporary transnational and comparative perspective
PIE (CSIC) 200710I006
COST IS1203 (ISTME)
H2020 REFLECTIVE-5-2015, ref. 693523 (UNREST)