Posmemory on the Spanish Civil War: a seminar
June 10, 2016 § Leave a comment
This was a great week at the Department of Communication Studies in Tarragona (Universitat Rovira i Virgili). June 9th we celebrated a seminar on posmemory on the Spanish Civil War in which I had the opportunity to talk about television representations of trauma and counter-hegemonic narratives on the war and the dictatorship repression. It was a very participative meeting, among others, with an interesting speech by Carlota Coronado on film and historical memory on the war.
This topic has focused the attention of the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, that published the issue 8.1 devoted to “The Spanish Civil War 80 Years On. Discourse, Memory and the Media”. All in all I feel that the department is getting a great achievement, and thanks to the project leaded by Laia Quílez we have done a great job on the issue in a very relevant moment.
In this issue I had the opportunity to contribute with an article jointly with my colleague Maria José Romano and focused on the Catalan TV documentary “Perseguits i salvats”, a story on the resistance movement to save Jewish people who escaped from the occupied France during the Second World War. This is the abstract:
Wind on the fog: A reflection on the policy of historical memory at Televisió de Catalunya through the documentary Perseguits i salvats
By Enric Castelló and Maria José Romano
Identity and collective memory are two sides of the same coin: both are constructed from a narrative of community that may either define the present (identity) or explain the past (memory). These constructs also feed into one another, since memory is built through a consciousness of identity, while identity is the product of our capacity to create and retain a narrative that explains who we are today. This article offers a reflection on the policy of historical memory adopted by the Catalan public broadcasting network Televisió de Catalunya (TVC) and a detailed study of the documentary Perseguits i salvats. Camins de nit i boira/Persecuted and Saved. Paths through the Night and Fog (Solé, 2014). The authors identify the elements that place the documentary within this policy framework, examining its discourse and finding in it three primary goals: to situate the memory of the Catalan people in the context of European memory; to convey the repression of the Spanish Civil War and the ensuing dictatorship to an international audience; and to bear witness to the responsibility of the Franco regime in the events of the Holocaust and the Nazi atrocities.