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”

Autonomy as Vocation: Public Administration in Catalunya

My posts from Barcelona, Spain have followed an escalating economic crisis, public protests and the ongoing reforms in public administration and spending that have accompanied them and to which they are a response. The financial crisis has affected each of the seventeen autonomous communities in Spain differently, as each have different economic bases, political regimes,Continue reading “Autonomy as Vocation: Public Administration in Catalunya”

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”

Political Landscapes – Barcelona

My previous posts have been following the trajectories of the waves of social protest in Spain and Barcelona that continue to generate a massive media interest and public response. On June 19th, thousands of protesters gathered in the Placa Catalunya to demand greater fiscal and informational transparency of all levels of government. In Barcelona, theContinue reading “Political Landscapes – Barcelona”

Public Protests, Public Defense

Protesters across Spain have begun the work of cleaning the plazas they have occupied for weeks, and of extending the movements and national and international organizing ‘into the neighborhoods’, and into new kinds of forums. On the 16th of June, protesters in Barcelona assembled in the plaza San Jaume, in front of the Parliament ofContinue reading “Public Protests, Public Defense”

Protests Across Catalunya, Spain

Barcelona, Spain. As a cultural and linguistic anthropologist interested in language and law, it is an intense and fascinating place to be. I am here to do some preliminary research untangling of relationships between law and statistics–however before I describe parts of my research, I want to try to provide an image of the politicalContinue reading “Protests Across Catalunya, Spain”

Festival Internacional de Música y Danza

I came to the Granada for the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza with an interest in the intersections of place, history and music in the region and in representations of the region – especially those presented by female singers and dancers who modeled myths of Southern Spain in popular urban entertainment for audiences acrossContinue reading “Festival Internacional de Música y Danza”