Debate and conference on Spanish Historical Memory and Civil War bt Stanley Payne

Stanley Payne, Professor Emeritus of History at Wisconsin-Madison University, and one of the best known experts on Spanish history in the world, joined AE last week, to participate in its last public activities. These activities where both focused on the way Spaniards deal with their past, specifically, the subsequents social effects of the 1936’s Civil War until nowadays. Issues as the recent Historical Memory law and its convenience or today’s Spanish politics, among many others, where developed by Prof. Payne during wednesday and thursday’s sessions.  

On wednesday at 8 pm, there was a debate, moderated by Professor Juan Francisco Fuentes, director of AE, in which it took place an amazing an interesting discussion about the Historical Memory as a general concept and as an actual topic in nowaday’s Spain. Although the late hour, the session, that lasted an hour and a half, was crowded and there was a great participation of the present audience.

On thursday, at 6 pm, in front of an even bigger audience than the previous day, Payne gave an extraordinary lecture, making a comparision on how United States and Spain overcame the effects of their respective civil wars. Once again, the later discussion was greatly interesting and there was a very active participation from the audience, in which, among others, there was Prof. David Armitage.

About atlanticempires

ATLANTIC EMPIRES (Æ) is the short name of a group of advanced research in Modern History hosted and financed by Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University (RCC). The complete name of the group is From Empire to Nation: The Making of Modern Nations in the Crisis of the Atlantic Empires (17th-20th Centuries), which constitutes also the field of its research. The group will be working at Real Colegio Complutense from July 1 thru August 31, 2010. Throughout this period, Æ will develop its research project and present its first findings and results in a set of seminars and panels, some of them with the contribution of other specialists and groups of research. Also, Æ will host three extraordinary conferences at RCC, given by Prof. J. Varela Ortega (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Fundación Ortega y Gasset, Madrid), Prof. David Armitage (Harvard University), and Prof. Stanley Payne (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Æ benefits from the financial support of Banco Santander. Æ is composed by eleven researchers: Juan Francisco Fuentes (director), Eva Botella (coordinator), Octavio Ruiz-Manjón, Josep Maria Fradera, Javier Fernández Sebastián, José Antonio Sánchez Román, María Antonia Fernández, Margarita Márquez, Antonio Terrasa, Florentino Rodao and Regina Martínez (grant holder and responsible of the blog).
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