Cultural memory of the Spanish Civil War

International Conference and Exbibition
  • The two-day conference aims to provide a general insight into the Spanish Civil War, highlighting newer research on the cultural memory of the conflict;
  • The program will focus especially on the international repercussions, on the Croatian participation in the war and on the role of the International Brigades;
  • Organized in collaboration with the CRAI Library of the Republic Pavillion of the University of Barcelona and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Rijeka, the conference will be complemented with an exhibition that will occupy the main pedestrian area of Rijeka and the University campus.

The international conference “Cultural Memory of the Spanish Civil War” will be held at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka, Croatia (University of Rijeka), and the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Coast from 5 – 6 June 2019. The conference aims to present newer research on the cultural memory of the Spanish Civil War in European and Croatian historical contexts, providing a general insight into the conflict on the 80th anniversary of its end. It will highlight international repercussions, as well as Croatian participation in the conflict.


An exhibition about the International Brigades, based on recent research carried out by Spanish and Croatian scholars and students, will be displayed in Rijeka’s Korzo promenade as part of the 27 Neighborhoods flagship. Both the conference and exhibition are part of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture.


The Spanish Civil War in Contemporary Spanish Memory Politics

  • Oriol Lopez Badell
  • Carlota Sanchez
  • Lourdes Prades
  • Herve Lemesle

Yugoslavia and the Spanish Civil War 1

  • Barbara Blasin
  • Ana Lovreković
  • Igor Jovanović
  • Stefan Gužvica

Yugoslavia and the Spanish Civil War 2

  • Ana Rajković
  • Luka Pejić
  • Ivo Mileusnić
  • Bruno Vignjević

Roundtable: Cultural Memory and Amnesia in the former Yugoslavia and the Spanish Civil War

  • Olga Manojlović Pintar
  • Nataša Mataušić


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An overview of the first memory tour of our seminar in #Rijeka (you will find more updates in our stories ☝️😉). 📸📸📸 1) memorial marker at the permanent exhibition ‘In Defense of Homeland’; 2) the aircraft bunker build by Italians in the 1930s, reconditioned by Tito, and used in the Balkans’ War is now being recovered, and 3) the Galeb, used as a mobile home by Tito from 1953 to 1979, expected to become one of the leading tourist attractions of the programme #Rijeka2020. Built in 1938 as a trade ship for an Italian company dedicated to tropical fruits, it became a cruiser during World War II, and a German minelayer afterward. Sunk in the harbor, it was resurfaced in 1947 as a training vessel for the Yugoslav navy. Pictures by @goldenuri

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June, 2019




Other partners

  • CRAI Pavelló de la República
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