International Symposium Traumtic past, history and collective memory in the digital society

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International Symposium Traumatic past, history and collective memory in the digital society


Conflicts that took place during the 20th century in European societies due to the rise of political exclusion movements such as Nazism, Fascism, Francoism and Stalinism have had long-lasting effects, namely in countries that have not implemented measures to foster the knowledge of those traumatic periods through remembrance and democratic culture policies.
In Spain, the Civil War and Franco’s regime are the bases on which history and the collective memory of a violent past are present. Information technologies, social media and transmedia resources have enabled the emergence of multiple players that contribute to the dissemination of history in a way that goes beyond the academic world, moving to the digital arena, to a collective memory that shares memories and digital resources as a huge network with different goals, amongst them, to protest.
In this context, the symposium aims to bring together experts who address the challenges and opportunities of digital history projects for the period 1936-1975, the role of new technologies and media on the transmission, dissemination and circulation of traumatic past, as well as the contribution of social players to history and memory











Proyect HISMEDI ( Reference: HAR-2015-63582-P MINECO/FEDER)



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25th of October, 2018

10:00 – 10:15. Opening session: Academic authorities.


10:15-11:15. Conference: Anaclet Pons (Universidad de Valencia): History in the digital society: new sources, new topics, new players. Chaired by: Matilde Eiroa.


11.30-13.30. Presentation of digital projects.

Chaired by: Rosa San Segundo
Gutmaro Gómez Bravo (UCM): Atlas Project Madrid
Beatriz Díaz (Asociación Vizcaína de Investigación Histórica): Herri Memoria
Fernando Hernández Holgado (UCM): Female prisoners: Les Corts and Ventas
Lidia Mateo Leivas and Sara Varela Mestre (Memorias en Red): MemorÁgora. Plataforma de Estudios de Memoria.


16:00-17:15: Conference: Josefina Cuesta. Traumatic past and the Spanish singularity (Universidad de Salamanca). Chaired by: Encarnación Barranquero


17:30- 20:00
Roundtable Traumatic past in Europe: memories in dispute.
Chaired by: Ángeles Egido
Speakers: Jordi Guixé (EUROM), Alma Masic (Memory Lab), András Lénart (University of Szeged, Hungary)



26th of October, 2018


9.30-11.30: Roundtable: A newsworthy past: the contribution of the media to history and memory knowledge.
Chaired by: Juan Carlos Sánchez Illán
Speakers: Alejandro Torrús (Pú, Manuel Prados (Canal Sur), Lucía Benavides (National Public Radio, EEUU) Ana María Pascual (Freelance)


11:45-14:00. Roundtable: Social players: the contribution of public institutions and foundations to digital society.
Chaired by: Sergio Gálvez
Speakers: Concha Catalán (Innovation and Human Rights, IHR), José María Uría (Fundación Anastasio de Gracia), Gregorio Dionis (Equipo Nizkor).


16:00-18:30. Roundtable: Social players: contribution of civil society movements to digital collective memory.
Chaired by: Mirta Núñez
Speakers: Natalia López (Asociación Descendientes del Exilio), Emilio Silva (ARMH), Jaime Ruiz (AMESDE), José Luis Muga (Federación de Foros por la Memoria) 


19:00hs. Closing conference: Juan Sisinio Pérez Garzón (UCLM): "What if history does not match the memories? Some thoughts to conclude". Chaired by: Matilde Eiroa










Adress: Getafe Campus, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Multipurpose room 18.0.B.14, building 18, Humanities Library

C/ Madrid, 126
28903 Getafe, Madrid

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