Episode 26 with Wendy Perla Kurtz
To this day, thousands of mass graves in towns and the countryside across Spain constitute a grim legacy of the country’s infamous Civil War. Yet these graves themselves have their own politically fraught history as old as the war itself, and they now constitute the most important focal point of Spain’s ongoing debate about how the war should be remembered. In this episode, Dr. Wendy Perla Kurtz traces this history and describes recent efforts to exhume these graves and give the war’s victims a proper burial. She also discusses her own efforts to contribute to the historical memory through her online project, entitled Virtual Cartographies, which is an interactive digital map of all the mass grave sites in Spain where users can access multimedia documentation of commemorations that have taken place at each site.
Wendy Perla Kurtz earned a PhD in Hispanic Languages & Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles. During her time there, Dr. Kurtz also received a graduate certificate in the Digital Humanities and worked at the Center for Digital Humanities where she designed, managed and contributed to digital research and pedagogy projects. She is currently a Lecturer at UCLA and a Digital Humanities Specialist at Gale. Her research explores the ritualistic aspects of mourning practices represented in textual and visual media pertaining to the disinterment of mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and Franco dictatorship.
The Virtual Cartographies project website: http://virtualcartographies.com/index.html
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