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Spain: Social Movements between Past and Present

8 Jun 2018 8:30 am - 7:30 pm


University of Cambridge



Social movements in Spain have increasingly attracted academic and popular attention over the last years. Political mobilisations are frequently treated as spontaneous phenomena, divorced from their wider social and historical contexts, as testified by much of the recent commentary on the 15M/Indignados movement and recent Catalan separatism. There is little interaction between those studying activism in the transformative decades of la transición española and those researching contemporary social movements. This can mean that their lessons and wider significance are lost. Historians of popular politics are also often reluctant to relate their research to contemporary events or to acknowledge the influence of present movements on the collective and academic memory. This workshop is partly a response to social movement theorists’ suggestion that we attend to a particular mobilisation´s temporal, spatial and transnational dynamics to gain a deeper understanding of the movement itself and the societal changes it sheds light on.

This workshop will allow participants – PhD students and early-career academics – to reflect on social movements in Spain from the mid-twentieth century to the present, linking between past and present in important themes of mobilisation in contemporary Spain. It will help lay the ground for dialogue between scholars of Spanish history and politics from a diverse array of disciplines and intellectual contexts.

Venue: University of Cambridge, Room 9, History Faculty, Sidgwick Site

Conveners: Roseanna Webster (History) & Tiago Carvalho (Sociology)

Registration: Attendance is open and free to all. If you wish to attend please email Tiago or Roseanna at tmlc3@cam.ac.uk or rw561@cam.ac.uk



8.30 – Registration and Opening Remarks 

9-10.30 – Grassroots Anti-Francoist Movements in Transition

Discussant: Marta de Moral Vargas (University Complutense of Madrid)

Daniel Carter (LSE Cañada Blanch Centre)

Protest, Grassroots Democracy and Transition in the City of Valencia, 1966-1979

Roseanna Webster (University of Cambridge)

Sexuality, Reproduction and Body Issues in 1970s Anti-Francoist Female Activism

Jessica Thorne (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Pipelines of Resistance: A cartography of anarchist resistance to Franco in Carabanchel and beyond, 1960-1975.

10.30-11 – Coffee Break

11-12.30– Culture, Counterculture and Memory in the Wake of ‘68

Discussant: Kostis Kornetis (University Carlos III Madrid)

Mónica Granell Toledo (University of Valencia)

New Social Movements between Contracultural Press and Political Space (Spain, 1974-1980)

Lorenzo Zamponi (Scuola Normale Superiore – Cosmos)

Memory across the Transition: Narratives of the “Spanish 1968” and Contemporary Student Movements in Spain

Matthew Kerry (University of Durham)

Pots, Pans and Protest

12.30-13.30 – Lunch

13.30-15 – The Past in Question? Nationalist Dynamics in Catalonia

Discussant: Mari Paz Balibrea Enriquez (Birkbeck, University of London)

Bethan Johnson (University of Cambridge)

Reassessing National Separatism in Late-Franco Era Spain

Martín Portos (Scuola Normale Superiore – Cosmos)

Not a Bourgeois Story Anymore? Social Movements, Referendums, and the Class Basis of Support for Independence in the Catalan Procés

Parker Lawson – (University of Cambridge)

#JoAdoctrino and l’Escola Nova Catalana: Freethinking Pedagogies in Catalonia a Century Separated

15-15.30 – Coffee Break

15.30-17 – Social Movements and Institutional Change in Contemporary Spain

Discussant: Kerman Calvo (University of Salamanca)

Rúben Diez (University Carlos III of Madrid and University Complutense of Madrid)

Is Spain an Apathetic Society? Outrage, Social Movements and Civic Culture in Spain since the 1990s

Felipe Gonzalez Santos (Central European University)

Caring for Each Other One Eviction at a Time: How the Platform for Mortgage-affected People Mobilized the Poor through Care

Tiago Carvalho (University of Cambridge)

Mobilizing for Social Rights: Education, Health and Housing in between Institutions, Trade Unions and Social Movements

17-18 – Roundtable with Kerman Calvo, Kostis Kornetis, Marta del Moral Vargas, Thomas Jeffrey Miley and Mari Paz Balibrea Enriquez

19.30 – Dinner: Tu Casa, 8 Mill Road, CB1 2AD

This event is generously supported by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of History and Department of Sociology.

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Image above: Ana Penyas, from her book En Transición


8 Jun 2018
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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