Narratives of memory on State violence: the speech of the perpetrator

International Seminar

Memory and narrative of the perpetrators of state violence have been treated as an object of study by historians for decades, particularly in the case of Nazi Germany. More recently, several studies and projects have addressed this issue in other geographical areas and countries, such as Argentina in the Southern Cone, and in some of the countries of the former Soviet Union.

But unlike, perhaps, neighbouring Portugal, this is a line of investigation that has  barely been explored at all in the case of Francoist Spain. The exception are the works focusing on the repression unleashed during the years of war or the forties, just after the civil war finished.

This justifies the interest of this international seminar, a proposal for debate via a multidisciplinary perspective to approach the phenomenon of construction of the memory and the discourse of the perpetrators, in order to delve into their narratives and logic, as well as the morals underpinning them.


09:30-10:00  Presentation

Ricard Vinyes, Commissioner for Memory Programmes at Barcelona City Council
Jordi Guixé, Director of the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM)
Javier Tébar, Fundació Cipriano García.


Valentina Salvi Director of Núcleo de Estudios sobre Memoria, Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social/CONICET

The speech of perpetrators and the problem of truth in Argentina

10:45-11:15 Debate

11:15-11:30 Break


José Maria Faraldo Universidad Complutense de Madrid 

Memory as politics: the use of the perpetrator in the post-Communist regimes of East Europe

12:15-12:45 Debate


José Antonio Pérez Universidad del País Vasco | Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea 

 The memory of perpetrators in the police brutality in the Basque Country: Dictatorship, transition and democracy

13:30-14:00 Roundtable

Moderation: Javier Tébar (Fundació Cipriano García)

Isabel Piper (Universidad de Chile); Valentina Salvi (Núcleo de Estudios sobre Memoria, Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social/CONICET); José Maria Faraldo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid); José Antonio Pérez (Universidad del País Vasco/ Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea).




Feb 22, 2017

Other partners

  • Institut dels Passats Presents | Comissionat de Programes de Memòra de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona
  • Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad
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