The event will commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and bring together PGRs and some of the most prominent experts on twentieth century Spain. The papers at the conference will focus on the hundreds of thousands of Spaniards who had to flee Spain in order to escape the violent repression of the Franco regime.
The first day of the conference will host PGRs and ECRs speaking on the theme of exile and repression in a broad perspective. Four researchers from Spain will speak on Spaniards in exile after the Civil War, and their papers will form part of a special issue of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, edited by the conference organisers. The second day of the conference will welcome renowned historians of modern Spain: Richard Baxell, Chair of the International Brigade Memorial Trust (IBMT); Scott Soo of the University of Southampton; Simon Martinez, a trustee of the Basque Children of ’37 Association (BCA); and Mercedes Yusta Rodrigo of the Université de Paris. The second day will also feature a roundtable discussion on exile and refugees between historians, social scientists and present-day practitioners. Prof. Paul Preston, director of the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies at the LSE and a Fellow of the British Academy, will give a public keynote talk at the Leeds Central Library on his latest monograph, The Last Days of the Spanish Republic.
Other student organisers
- Liam Morris, University of Leeds
- Joel Baker, University of Sheffield
- Louise Shepperd, University of York