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Spanish culture and politics in transition, 1962–92
Author: Duncan Wheeler

The transition to democracy that followed the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco in 1975 was once hailed as a model of political transformation. But since the 2008 financial crisis it has come under intense scrutiny. Today, a growing divide exists between advocates of the Transition and those who see it as the source of Spain’s current socio-political bankruptcy. This book revisits the crucial period from 1962 to 1992, exposing the networks of art, media and power that drove the Transition and continue to underpin Spanish politics in the present. Drawing on rare archival materials and over 300 interviews with politicians, artists, journalists and ordinary Spaniards, including former Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez (1982–96), Following Franco unlocks the complex and often contradictory narratives surrounding the foundation of contemporary Spain.

Writing violence, security and the geopolitical imaginary
Bruno Charbonneau

7 Franco-African security relations at fifty: writing violence, security and the geopolitical imaginary Bruno Charbonneau Violence was intimately linked to colonisation and colonial violence was, in turn, informed and justified by multiple logics. As a practice, it sought, in various ways, to enforce or impose particular dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. As Martin Thomas (2011: xii) writes, the ‘organisational cultures of France’s colonial security forces … often acted as a barrier to reflective engagement with colonial people’. The post-Second World War

in Francophone Africa at fifty
Barry Jordan and Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas

of a certain historical context which, despite the vastly different reality of contemporary Spain, has left its mark on Spanish cultural production and reception and ensures a continuing association between the sexual and the political. Francoism, let us recall, operated on the basis of highly traditional and retrograde concepts of gender and sexuality. This led to the

in Contemporary Spanish cinema
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La caza/The Hunt and El jardín de las delicias/The Garden of Delights
David Archibald

One couldn’t talk about the Spanish Civil War when Franco was alive. Well you could talk about it, but only from the fascists’ point of view, not from the Republicans’. A lot of young film directors and writers wanted to show the other side of the civil war and also the Spanish reality of the forties and fifties, but censorship was very strong and we had no freedom of expression whatsoever. So in order to make a film like The Hunt, when you are faced with censorship and a very repressive system, you are using your intelligence, going around things

in The war that won't die
Queralt Solé

Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, Spain has experienced a cycle of exhumations of the mass graves of the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) and has rediscovered that the largest mass grave of the state is the monument that glorifies the Franco regime: the Valley of the Fallen. Building work in the Sierra de Guadarrama, near Madrid, was begun in 1940 and was not completed until 1958. This article analyses for the first time the regimes wish, from the start of the works, for the construction of the Valley of the Fallen to outdo the monument of El Escorial. At the same time the regime sought to create a new location to sanctify the dictatorship through the vast transfer to its crypts of the remains of the dead of the opposing sides of the war.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Difficulties and challenges for the forensic medical system in Mexico
Isabel Beltrán-Gil, María Alexandra Lopez-Cerquera, Linda Guadalupe Reyes Muñoz, Sandra Ivette Sedano Rios, Nuvia Montserrat Maestro Martínez, and Diana Newberry Franco

As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, in 2020 forensic institutions in Mexico began using extreme measures in the treatment of bodies of confirmed or suspected cases, due to possible infection. A series of national protocols on how to deal with the virus were announced, yet forensic personnel have struggled to apply these, demonstrating the country’s forensics crisis. This article aims to reflect on two points: (1) the impact that COVID-19 protocols have had on how bodies confirmed as or suspected of being infected with the virus are handled in the forensic medical system; and (2) the particular treatment in cases where the body of the victim is unidentified, and the different effects the pandemic has had in terms of the relationship between the institutional environment and the family members of those who have died as a result of infection, or suspected infection, from COVID-19.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Gothic Dissent in Dennis Potter‘s Cold Lazarus
Val Scullion

This article uses Franco Moretti‘s interpretation of Frankenstein and Dracula (Signs Taken For Wonders, 1988) to interrogate Dennis Potter‘s final television play, Cold Lazarus (1996). The critical approach, following Moretti‘s example, is generic, Freudian and Marxist. By identifying the conventions of Gothic drama in Potter‘s play, it claims, firstly, that Cold Lazarus dramatizes deep-seated psychic neuroses; and secondly, alerts its viewers to contemporary cultural anxieties about individual autonomy and the exploitative nature of capitalist enterprise. The argument challenges the predominantly negative reception of Cold Lazarus when first screened in 1994 and aims to defend this play as a fine example of televisual Gothic drama.

Gothic Studies
Ed Cameron

This article argues that the allegorical interpretations of the Gothic sublime made by materialist critics like Franco Moretti and Judith Halberstam unavoidably reduce Gothic excess and uncanniness to a realist understanding and, thereby, ironically de-materialize Gothic monstrosity by substituting for it a realistic meaning. This essay, instead, advocates a psychoanalytic critical reception that demonstrates how the essential uncanniness of the Gothic novel makes all realistic interpretation falter. Rather than interpreting Frankensteins creature as a condensed figure for proletarian formation or Dracula as an allegory for xenophobia, for instance, this article insists that the Gothic uncanny should be understood as figuring that which can only be viewed figuratively, as figuring that which has no space within a realistic understanding.

Gothic Studies
Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles
Rony Brauman

rise of mass military mobilisations ( Farré, 2014 ). In the memory of the humanitarian movement, the Battle of Solferino stands as the inaugural event leading to the adoption of the first diplomatic treaty with humanitarian aims. A Franco-Sardinian coalition led by Napoleon III was fighting the Austrian army led by Emperor Franz Joseph. It was outside Solferino, a small town in northern Italy, that one of the bloodiest battles since the end of the Napoleonic Wars was fought

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Resilience and the Language of Compassion
Diego I. Meza

, 2004 : 123). However, the limitations inherent in the use of secondary data must be taken into account regarding the analysis and conclusions of this paper. The Psychosocial Assistance of the Displaced: The Clinic of Resilience For some decades now, ‘violence in Colombia [has been] considered a public health problem’ ( Rivas, 2000 : 340). One of the reasons is that ‘mental health is one of the inner sounding boards of violence suffered directly or indirectly’ (Franco, 1997: 100). From this perspective, María Helena Restrepo (2015) has traced a genealogy of

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs