Keynotes and Panelists

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Manuel Rivas

Writer, poet and journalist.¬†His 1996 book¬†Qu√© me quieres, amor?, a series of sixteen short stories, was adapted by director¬†Jos√© Luis Cuerda¬†for his film¬†A lingua das bolboretas¬†–¬†La lengua de las mariposas¬†(“Butterfly“). The 1998 novel¬†O l√°pis do carpinteiro¬†(The Carpenter’s Pencil) has been published in nine countries and is the most widely translated work in the history of Galician literature.

Uladzislau Belavusau 

Senior¬†Researcher at the¬†Asser Institute¬†(the Hague) – University of Amsterdam, and Principal Investigator at the¬†MELA Project. He is the author of the monograph ‚ÄúFreedom of Speech‚ÄĚ (Routledge, 2013) and co-editor¬†of¬†the book¬†‚ÄúLaw and Memory. Towards legal governance of history‚Ä̬†(Cambridge University Press, 2017). He is currently co-editing a¬†new volume¬†‚ÄúEU Anti-Discrimination Law‚Äú

Maria Mälksoo

Senior Lecturer in International Security at the Brussels School of International Studies, Director of Research and Ethics. Her current research focuses on the nexus between transitional justice and foreign policies on the example of post-communist Russia; hybrid warfare and Eastern Europe in ontological security debates; and memory laws and memory wars in contemporary Ukraine

Georges Mink

Director of Research at the Institut des Sciences Sociales et du Politique (CNRS – France), Universit√© de Paris X, Nanterre.¬†Sociologist and Political Scientist, specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. His research and publications ‚Äď more than 250 books, studies and articles – are dedicated to political systems, the sociopolitical evolution of these regimes, the conversion of ex-communist elites in central and eastern Europe and the europeanisation of national political systems. Today, his research focuses on the question of transitional justice in EU countries

Memory and heritage I

N√ļria Ricart

PhD in Fine Arts, professor at the Sculpture Department of the Faculty of Fine Ars of the University of Barcelona and member of¬†the reserach center¬†Cr Polis-Grc arte, ciudad, sociedad.¬†Teaching at the Fine Arts Degree and the Official Master’s Degree “Urban design: art, city, society”, her research is focused on public art, citizen participation and memory.

Jordi Font i Agulló

Historian, cultural manager and curator of exhibitions, director of the¬†Museu Memorial de l‚ÄôExili.¬†In recent years he has directed his professional attention and research in the field of social and political contemporary history.¬†Has¬†worked for several years as technical coordinator and artistic co-director at the Espais d’Art Contemporani Foundation (Girona), and was the editor of the magazine of art and culture, Papers d’Art

√Āngel del R√≠o

Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Seville, member of the Group of Social Research on Action and Participation of the University Pablo de Olavide. His recent research focuses on social movements, more specifically on the recovery of historical memory

Memory and heritage II. Archives

Ramon Alberch

Founder member and former president of Arxivers sense fronteres (AsF), he is currently the president of AsF International, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica de Colòmbia.

Severiano Hern√°ndez Vicente (TBC)

Subdirector general de Archivos Estatales 

Laws and the past in Spain and Catalonia I 

José Antonio Martín Pallín

Former prosecutor and current magistrate emeritus of the Supreme Court of Spain. Has been a member of the Bioethics Committee of Spain and of the International Secretariat of Judges for Amnesty and Democracy in Paraguay, of the Spanish-German Association of Judges and took part in several special human rights missions organized by International Amnesty.

Josefina Cuesta

Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Salamanca, has been guest lecturer at the University of Paris VII Denis Diderot and at the Institut Catholique de Paris. She is author of half a hundred professional works, of them more than a dozen books, on Spanish social history of the 20th century

Josep Cruanyes

Lawyer and historian, president of the Catalan Society of Legal Studies (Societat Catalana d’Estudis Jurídics) and Secretary of the Catalan Language Commission of the Council of Bar Associations of Catalonia. Has been one of the main instigators of the return of the papers of Salamanca in Catalonia

Montserrat Duch i Plana

Full professor at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, principal investigator of the consolidated research group ISOCAC (Ideologies and society at contemporary Catalonia).

Memory and transmission

Magí Crusells

Associate Professor at the Department of Contemporary History of the University of Barcelona, and deputy director of the research center Film-Història 

Imma Prieto

Professor of contemporary art and new media at the ERAM School of the University of Girona, manager of the European research group ELAA (European Live Art Archive) formed by the UdG, the University of Oxford and the Glaugair artists’ residence in Berlin. Member of the research groups¬†“Theories of Contemporary Art” (UdG) and “Archive Policies in contemporary artistic practices”¬†(MEC).

Jordi Gràcia

Professor of Spanish literature at the University of Barcelona and collaborator of El Pa√≠s. He has written several books on the intellectual history of contemporary Spain.¬†His last book is the essay Burgesos imperfectes. L’√®tica de l’heterod√≤xia a les lletres catalanes del segle XX (2012), after having published in 2011 a pamphlet against systematic cultural catastrophism entitled The melancholic intellectual.

Matilde Eiroa San Francisco

Full Professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid, founding member of the Extraordinary Complutense Chair “Historical Memory 20th Century”,.and Principal Investigator of the HISMEDI project. Her research has been oriented to the study of the 1930-1975 period, especially the perspective of international relations, repression, women’s history and the media, issues on which she has published numerous articles, individual and collective books.

The desert path. Civil organizations in the last decade

Emilio Silva

President of the Asociación por la Recuperación de la Memoria. Graduated in Sociology and Political Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid, he has worked as a journalist and is one of the founders of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory, a group that has spent years searching for the places where the victims of repression in the Franco were buried during the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent dictatorship.

Carles Vallejo

President of the Catalan Association of Former Political Prisoners of Francoism (Associació Catalana d’Ex-Presos Polítics)

Rosa Toran

Vice president of the  Amical de Mauthausen, PhD in History

Daniel Canales

Deputy Manager of Research and Policy at Amnesty International Spain (Amnistia Internacional)

Awakenings (I). Public management of memory on regional governments

Francisco Javier Giráldez Díaz

Head of the Directorate General of Democratic Memory of the Junta de Andalucía. PhD in History by the University of Seville, he has developed his professional work in the Commissariat of Historical Memory of the Junta de Andalucía from 2009 to 2012. Has collaborated in the publication of various works and books such as Places of Memory. Military coup, repression and resistance in Seville (2014) or La Memoria de todos. The wounds of the past are cured with more truth (2014)

Aintzane Ezenarro

Director of the Institute of Memory, Coexistence, and Human Rights of the Basc Country (GOGORA)

√Ālvaro Baraibar Etxeberr√≠a

Director General at the department of Peace, Cohexistance, and Human Rights of Navarre (Paz, Convivencia y Derechos Humanos del Gobierno de Navarra). Doctor in History by the University of Navarra

Plàcid Garcia-Planas (tbc)

Journalist, director of the Memorial Democràtic de Catalunya

Manel Santana

General Director of Democratic Memory and Participation of the Balearic Islands. Doctor in History, he has worked as a secondary school teacher and as an associate professor of the University of the Balearic Islands, teaching on History of Education

Awakenings (II). Public management of memory on regional governments

Txema Urkijo

Advisor for the Comssioner of Historical Memory at the City Council of Madrid. Consultant in Culture of Peace, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution he has held various responsibilities in the area of Peace, Coexistence, Human Rights and Victims of the Basque Government between 2002 and 2014.

Ricard Vinyes

Commissioner of Memory Programs at the City Council of Barcelona. Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Barcelona, he chaired the Commission of the Project for the Memorial Democràtic (2005) and the Commission for the drafting of a Memory Center for the Basque Country (2011), and was a member of the Commission of Experts for the Future of the Valley of the Fallen. His research on female political prisoners and child deportations from prisons to ecclesiastical and state centers between 1939 and 1949 served as an empirical documentary base to investigate the crimes perpetrated by the dictatorship of General Franco.


In collaboration with Memorias en Red

Axis 1: Laws and politics of the past

Rapporteur: Maria Chiara Bianchini

Doctor in contemporary history and American studies by the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, her main area of reaserch is the expressions of the memory (s) in urban spaces and places. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of History of the Catholic University of Chile and develops a comparative work on urban heritage and memory in Chile and Spain.

Axis 2: Memory and transmission

Rapporteur Marije Hristova

Master’s Degree in History by the University of Groningen (NL), Master in Hispanic Literature from the University of Amsterdam (NL), and doctor (cum laude) by the University of Maastricht (NL). She has been Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Language, Literature and Anthropology of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (ILLA-CSIC, Madrid, ES)¬†and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the UNREST project: Unsettling Remembering and Social Cohesion in Transnational Europe in the same institute. She is also a researcher¬†at the¬†Subtierro project led by Francisco Ferr√°ndiz (CCHS-CSIC).