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[ecrea] CFP: ‘The Spanish Civil War 80 years on: discourse, memory and the media’

Thu Jul 16 16:41:57 GMT 2015


/Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies - /Special Issue
8.1 (Spring 2016)

*Special Issue: ‘The Spanish Civil War 80 years on: discourse, memory
and the media’*

Guest Editors:  Ruth Sanz Sabido (Canterbury Christ Church
University), Stuart Price (De Montfort University) and Laia Quílez
Esteve (Rovira i Virgili University)

Deadline for contributions: *15 October, 2015*

The /Catalan Journal of //Communication and Cultural Studies/ invites
submissions for a 2016 Special Issue that will mark the eightieth
anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, by presenting a
collection of papers that represent the latest perspectives on the
cultural, historical, regional, political, and social aspects of the
Civil War and its legacy.

If it is true that ‘history is written by the victors’, the aftermath of
the Spanish Civil War provides a textbook example of this tendency: the
victorious Nationalists spent the following thirty-six years (1939-1975)
trying to eliminate any remaining vestiges of those who had fought
against them. For the losers, this meant in effect both a constant purge
of any dissenting ideologies, and the physical persecution of anyone who
was suspected of sympathising with the Republican cause. Furthermore,
the ‘pact of silence’ that was agreed during the transition to democracy
meant that the problems caused by the Civil War and the dictatorship
remained unresolved long after Franco’s death, maintaining deep-rooted
divisions in contemporary Spain.

It was only approximately thirty years after Franco’s death that the
recovery of memory was promoted through social, political, and cultural
means, so that the unheard voices of the past began to gain attention.
However, this remains a highly contentious area, since the old struggles
often re-emerge in contemporary political and socio-economic issues
within the country. The Law of Historical Memory provides guidelines on
several issues related to memory, from the exhumation of mass graves to
the alteration of street names to eliminate references to agents of the
dictatorship. However, the limited extent and application of this Law by
the Government has led to the further polarisation of political
perspectives (while thousands of families are still looking for the
graves of their relatives).

This Special Issue considers Memory as yet another site of struggle, a
contemporary re-enactment of the old divisions that are very much part
of the country’s identity and which still permeate social, political and
cultural life in contemporary Spain. The collection of articles will
acknowledge the reproduction of these tensions, but will also offer a
clear-sighted account of the conflict, grounded in a variety of
historical and political discourses, oral testimonies, and analyses of
media outputs.

Among other aspects, this issue is concerned with the ways in which
children and grandchildren of victims and survivors of the Spanish Civil
War and Franco’s dictatorship relate to the memory of the repression,
and to the development of the democratic transition. The examination of
these issues from the perspective of generational memory involves
several considerations, including the socialization of memory, the
institutionalization and revision of the past, the connections between
popular culture, media practices and representations, and the uses of
memory through time in relation to the changes in the policies of

We invite contributions from scholars, researchers and practitioners
from around the world to submit full articles on topics that may
include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Media representations of trauma and violence in the Civil War,
Franco’s repression, the final years of the dictatorship and the transition

- The significance of the conflict in contemporary Spain

- Memory and the Civil War

- Postmemory and Civil War, Francoism and the Transition

- Collective identities (national and regional)

- The work of Memory Associations in Spain

- Women in the Civil War and beyond

- The struggle of anarchists and libertarian communists

- Constructions of ‘national’ (Spanish) memories and their national and
regional significance

- Social perceptions of the Civil War, the dictatorship and the transition

- Using the past to look into the future

The journal plans to include articles between *6000 and 7000 words*, as
well as brief research notes and reports of around *3000 words* for the
Viewpoint section. Full articles for proposed contributions should be
sent to (catalan.journal /at/ <mailto:(catalan.journal /at/>by *15
October 2015*. All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer

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*Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies*

All correspondence to:

(catalan.journal /at/ <mailto:(catalan.journal /at/>


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Best wishes,

Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido
Lecturer in Media and Communications
School Coordinator of International

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