Wrapping Up & Thinking Ahead: Memory Politics in Spain & Argentina

My two-month stay in Spain has been an invaluable research experience.  The opportunity to spend time in Madrid and Barcelona, to observe and participate in an exhumation, and to interview forensic scientists, photographers, artists, and archivists about the intersection of science, visual representation, and history has allowed me to gain a more nuanced understanding ofContinue reading “Wrapping Up & Thinking Ahead: Memory Politics in Spain & Argentina”

Documenting Science, Narrating Experience: The Use of Audiovisual Technologies in Forensics

Last weekend, I made a trip to San Sebastián to interview a member of the Aranzadi forensic team (Universidad del País Vasco) that oversaw the exhumation that I attended several weeks ago.  Responsible for filming exhumations and creating short narrative documentaries about individual investigations, the person that I interviewed explained how audiovisual documentation has beenContinue reading “Documenting Science, Narrating Experience: The Use of Audiovisual Technologies in Forensics”

Memory Models that Move: Thoughts after the “Bajo Tierra” conference

At the end of June, I attended a conference in Madrid that addressed many of the social, political, historical, and ethical debates emerging in response to the excavation of mass graves and the exhumation and identification of victims of political violence in Spain.  Organized by anthropologist Francisco Ferrándiz (CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicos), “BajoContinue reading “Memory Models that Move: Thoughts after the “Bajo Tierra” conference”

Visual Evidence, Historical Memory, & the Production of Knowledge in Post-Franco Spain

The application of forensic science to the study of political violence in contemporary Spain has become an integral part of national and local attempts to recuperate and re-narrate an aspect of the country’s history that has often been ignored or simply forgotten: the political violence and forced disappearance of persons both during the Spanish CivilContinue reading “Visual Evidence, Historical Memory, & the Production of Knowledge in Post-Franco Spain”