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Towards a Spanish Civil War and Francoist Repression Digital Research Infrastructure 

November 20-21 2023

CEDID, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

With the collaboration of: 
Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres, UAB; UCLA and Arkansas State University

The first decades of the 21st century evidenced a proliferation of disparate online resources about the Spanish Civil War and Francoist repression, both within and beyond the borders of the Spanish state. Now, in the third decade, the ever-growing number of databases, repositories, and new media projects calls for a digital infrastructure to bring together otherwise scattered initiatives and sources of information. 


This two-day event seeks to showcase the variety of online resources and establish a working group to explore possible frameworks for promoting the discoverability, interoperability, and shared management of digital heritage related to the Spanish Civil War and Francoist repression. Inclusive of diverse initiatives and practitioners, the first day's event will be hybrid (online and in-person), consisting of curated panels of short presentations and moderated conversations. For this, we solicit ten-minute videos or live presentations from activists, archivists, and scholars that introduce completed or in-progress digital projects and their attendant communities, methodologies, and technologies. Taken together, these presentations and conversations will set the stage for the second day's discussion of digital infrastructures and the creation of a working group. Following a traditional conference format, we solicit 20-minute papers dealing with resource creation, curation and engagement, reporting the development of substantial new databases and computational methods, and/or presenting rigorous theoretical, speculative, or critical discussions about humanities knowledge and research infrastructures. Papers will be integrated into thematic groupings in order to foster open dialogues amongst participants, culminating in a final collaborative session where we will jointly establish working group principles and objectives.

Keynote Speakers




Organizing Committee

Ana-María Alarcón-Jiménez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Víctor Aparicio Rodríguez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Andrea Davis, Arkansas State University.

Wendy Perla Kurtz, University of California Los Angeles.

Guest Speakers


To apply, please submit a 300-500 word abstract using this form. Applicants may submit abstracts for multiple digital resources and/or presentation types. All presenters in attendance will be invited to participate in the final collaborative session. The languages of the conference will be Catalan, Spanish, and English. ​


Venue and dates

The conference will be hosted by CEDID Center for the the Study of Dictatorships and Democracies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. It will be an in-person event in Bellaterra, Barcelona: Sala d'Actes, Facultad de Filosofia i Lletras, with the option to attend virtually. 


Submission deadline: August 20, 2023
Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2023 
Pre-recorded video presentations: November 10, 2023
Conference: November 20-21, 2023



Attendance is free, but registration is required by mail to

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