Roundtable | Special Session | Beyond Disciplinary Communities USB 2.022
Jul 06, 2023 15:30 - 17:00(Europe/London)
20230706T1530 20230706T1700 Europe/London Memory Studies in Spain: Comparative Perspectives

Memory studies in Spain have seen significant development in the last two decades. Scholarly engagement with the past and its echoes in the present has grown in the wake of the public discussion around the Civil War, the Franco dictatorship, and a transition without justice to parliamentary democracy in the late 1970s. In this regard, Spain exemplifies a pattern in memory studies that shows how national histories -or the reckoning with those histories - shape the country-specific developments of the field. 

While memory cultures and their practices and discourses "travel" and cross-pollinate between nations -remarkable in Spain is the "argentinization" of the language around memory and of the legal fight against impunity (Ferrándiz, Gatti, Montoto, Baer and Sznaider, among other)-memory studies do not travel in the same manner (Olick). Additionally, Spanish memory scholarship is challenged by its language-determined marginality to the Anglo-centric mainstream in the field.

What are the main thematic concentrations, theoretical traditions, and methodological approaches of memory studies in Spain? How have scholars in Spain adopted and employed theories and conceptual frameworks originating in Latin America, the US, and European academia? What do academic flows in the opposite direction, from Spain to these regions, look like? In this roundtable, Spanish scholars from different disciplines will discuss the current state of Memory Studies in Spain, its connection to regional and transnational research and publication networks, and their views on overcoming challenges and embracing opportunities. The roundtable aims to envision ways to foster a more frequent and fruitful dialogue between memory scholars, particularly between the Spanish and the Anglo- and G ...

USB 2.022 MSA Conference Newcastle 2023 conference@memorystudiesassociation.org
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Memory studies in Spain have seen significant development in the last two decades. Scholarly engagement with the past and its echoes in the present has grown in the wake of the public discussion around the Civil War, the Franco dictatorship, and a transition without justice to parliamentary democracy in the late 1970s. In this regard, Spain exemplifies a pattern in memory studies that shows how national histories -or the reckoning with those histories - shape the country-specific developments of the field. 

While memory cultures and their practices and discourses "travel" and cross-pollinate between nations -remarkable in Spain is the "argentinization" of the language around memory and of the legal fight against impunity (Ferrándiz, Gatti, Montoto, Baer and Sznaider, among other)-memory studies do not travel in the same manner (Olick). Additionally, Spanish memory scholarship is challenged by its language-determined marginality to the Anglo-centric mainstream in the field.

What are the main thematic concentrations, theoretical traditions, and methodological approaches of memory studies in Spain? How have scholars in Spain adopted and employed theories and conceptual frameworks originating in Latin America, the US, and European academia? What do academic flows in the opposite direction, from Spain to these regions, look like? In this roundtable, Spanish scholars from different disciplines will discuss the current state of Memory Studies in Spain, its connection to regional and transnational research and publication networks, and their views on overcoming challenges and embracing opportunities. The roundtable aims to envision ways to foster a more frequent and fruitful dialogue between memory scholars, particularly between the Spanish and the Anglo- and German traditions of memory studies.

Maria Zambrano Fellow
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Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED)
Professor
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University of Barcelona
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Tenured Scientist
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Spanish National Research Council
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