Material Narratives of Repression

Author(s): Julie de Vos

Year: 2018


The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the establishment of a new social and dictatorial order led by General Francisco Franco were heavily marked by and imposed through tactics of repression. My fieldwork at different points of Spain revolves around the materiality of repression and the interaction between this particular materiality and the local communities. In spite of the fact that this particular materiality appears to be dominated by absence and silence, in this paper I want to explore in what way the material remains can inform us about the Francoist repression, the limits of repression as a concept and about power relations more generally. I also wish to explore whether the agency of these remains has expired and new meanings have been incorporated, or if they still perform actively on the local population, which could hypothetically mean a prolongation of repression into democracy.

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Material Narratives of Repression. Julie de Vos. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441830)

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Civil War Materiality Repression

Geographic Keywords
Denmark Western Europe

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 8.093; min lat: 54.562 ; max long: 15.138; max lat: 57.736 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 353