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Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities

2019 Global Perspectives Series

Breaking the Silence:

Can the Spanish Genocide Speak?

With neofascism, nationalism and right-wing extremism on the rise, the 2019 Global Perspectives Series addresses fascist violence and antifascist resistance in Spain, engaging international justice, human rights and social movements through the framework of genocide.

 Symposium on the Legacies of the Spanish Civil War

November 15, 2019

10 am to 1:00 pm

College of Law Castle Board Room

Michigan State University

For more information please contact Professor Scott Boehm.

All events are free and open to the public.

Interested members of the greater Lansing and mid-Michigan communities, regional colleges, as well as local high school teachers and students, human rights lawyers and social justice activists are encouraged to participate.

Symposium Participants

John Cox, Associate Professor of History & Global Studies and the Director of the Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies at UNC Charlotte. Cox is also the author of To Kill A People: Genocide in the 20th Century and Co-Editor of The Routledge Handbook of Genocide Studies.

Scott Boehm, Assistant Professor of Spanish & Global Studies at Michigan State University and the Director of the MSU Latinx Film Festival, as well as the Founding Member of the Spanish Civil War Memory Project at UC San Diego. Boehm is also the organizer of the Global Perspectives Series. 

Sebastiaan Faber, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College, is the author of Exile and Cultural Hegemony: Spanish Intellectuals in Mexico, 1939-1975 (Vanderbilt University Press, 2002), Anglo-American Hispanists and the Spanish Civil War: Hispanophilia, Commitment, and Discipline (Palgrave, 2008), and Memory Battles of the Spanish Civil War: History, Fiction, Photography (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018). He is coeditor of Contra el olvido. El exilio expañol en Estados Unidos (U de Alcalá, 2009).

Joseba Gabilondo, an associate professor in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University, is the author of Remnants of the NationProlegomena to a Postnational History of Basque Literature (2006, in Basque), New York - Martutene: On the Utopia of Basque Postnationalism and the Crisis of Neoliberal Globalization (2013, in Basque; National Essay Prize Euskadi), and Before Babel: A Cultural History of Basque Literatures (2016, in English). His research focuses on Spanish and Basque nationalisms, Atlantic studies, Iberian studies, intellectual discourse, postnationalism, masculinity, feminism, queer theory, globalization, and Hispanic/Hollywood cinema.

Cristina Morerias-Menor, Professor of Peninsular Studies at the University of Michigan, and author of Cultura herida: literatura y cine en la España democrática (Ediciones Libertarias, 2002) and La estela del tiempo: Imagen e historicidad en el cine español contemporáneo (Iberoamericna/Vervuert, 2011). Morerias-Menor's research is focused on the literature, film, visual arts, and politics of the Iberian Peninsula and is concerned with Modern and Contemporary Spain, Psychoanalysis, Political Theory, Feminism, and Women’s Studies.

Almudena Carracedo, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and activist, directed the Emmy-award winning Made in L.A., a feature documentary about three immigrant women’s transformation as they fight for their rights in Los Angeles garment factories. In collaboration with Robert Bahar, she directed The Silence of Others (2018), a documentary that explores the first attempt in history to prosecute crimes of Franco’s 40-year dictatorship in Spain.

Film Screening

The Silence of Others

Goya Award for Best Documentary

Shortlisted for 2018 Best Documentary Academy Award

Followed by a discussion with Almudena Carracedo

November 15, 2019

7:00-9:30 pm

Wells Hall B122

Michigan State University


 Past Events

 Emilio Silva

Historical Memory in Spain: The Never-Ending Dictatorship

A presentation by the founder of the historical memory movement in Spain and the foremost  journalist on Franco's decades of violent rule.

October 8, 2019

4-5:30 pm

B342 Wells Hall

Michigan State University

The Global Perspective series is organized by the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Program at Michigan State University.

Principal co-sponsors include the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Romance & Classical Studies, and the Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women & Children.

The series is also supported with contributions from James Madison College, the Residential College in the Arts & Humanities, the Center for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies, the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, the Center for Gender in Global Context, the Citizens Scholars Program, the Film Studies Program and the MSU Latinx Film Festival.