At a Glance
Course: Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Consensus and Divergence
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Credit: 4 U.S. semester hours/credits (60 contact hours)
Pre-requisite: No pre-requisites (taught in English)
Approximate Dates: June 10 - July 8, 2017
Application Deadline: March 15, 2017
Long considered Spain’s most progressive city, Barcelona is proud of its well-established reputation as a center of political, social and cultural activism. This activism is not only apparent in its approach to intellectual life, but also in the visual arts and architecture. Gaudí, Miró and Tàpies are among the many internationally renowned figures who have called this city home. As a crossroads of Roman, Visigoth and Islamic civilizations, Barcelona is justifiably proud of its past. At the same time, its progressive spirit has made it one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA)
The Brown/CASA Barcelona summer program is offered by the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), which is comprised of 10 leading research universities in the US and abroad. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. Brown/CASA programs currently are offered in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Ireland, and Spain. Brown University is the administering institution for the CASA Spain Program.
Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Consensus and Divergence
Memories of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) have trapped the nation’s politics and society in a complex labyrinth. Segments of Spanish society are still struggling today to gain the right to a dignified remembrance and burial for those family members who were victims of the war and Franco’s subsequent dictatorship (1939-1975). This four week course, which is taught in English, aims to address the enduring debate in Spanish society about the Civil War by analyzing the conflict, its consequences, and its narrative from a holistic point of view.
In the aftermath of the dictatorship, which followed the defeat of the Republican government in 1939, a heavy “Curtain of Silence” shrouded the memory of the civil conflict. Consequently, the trauma of the war appeared to be overcome. However, at the beginning of the 21st Century the shadow of the war reappeared, and this time society not only petitioned to know what happened during the war and dictatorship, but also demanded the recovery of the memory of its victims, and justice for them. As a result, in 2007 the government passed the Law of Historical Memory that aimed to address these political and social issues.
The course starts with an introduction to the historical context of 1930’s Europe, and then examines Spain and the events of the conflict itself. Particular attention will be paid to the “construction of memory” throughout the periods of the dictatorship, and Spain’s transition to democracy through the analysis of the political discourse, literature, arts and audiovisual productions of the time. Finally, the issue of Transitional Justice from a comparative and international perspective will be discussed. Presentations by specialist guest speakers and film viewings are included.
Classroom sessions are complemented by a variety of on-site visits that include guided walking tours, visits to air-raid shelters, and other specific sites linked to the war. A study trip to Madrid focuses on Pablo Picasso’s art work, commemorative monuments to Franco, and battlefield sites.
Students will have access to the University of Barcelona's services during their stay. Upon completion of this course, students will receive an official grade transcript from the University of Barcelona.
Orientation, Activities, and On-Site Support
The program begins with orientation activities such as a welcome dinner and tour of Barcelona. Other program activities may include a tapas night and farewell dinner. CASA-appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival in Barcelona and throughout their stay.
Housing and Meals
Students are housed in double rooms in the RESA Ciutadella dorm, which is located close to the downtown area and offers an apartment-type living space with an en-suite bathroom and small kitchenette/living area. Amenities include Wi-Fi internet, a gym, and weekly cleaning and bed linen service. Participants can cook for themselves or purchase their meals in Barcelona.
Dr. Juan Jose Romero Marin serves as the CASA Barcelona Director and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Barcelona (UB). His research interests include history of labor and labor relations, history of social movements, and history of the family.
Dr. Martin Iturralde is an Associate Professor in the University of Barcelona's Department of Contemporary History. His research interests include child labor and the history of childhood and the family.
Eligibility Requirements and Application Instructions
The Brown/CASA Barcelona summer program is open to undergraduate students from Brown and from other CASA member schools, and we will also consider applications from qualified students from non-CASA member institutions. There are no course pre-requisites. Students must be in good academic standing to apply. Students should apply by the application deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the left side of this page.
Program Costs and Financial Aid
Each student's summer program bill will cover the following: fees for 1 course, housing, orientation/welcome activities, program-related excursions (including Madrid trip), on-site support services, and emergency travel assistance coverage. The amount billed does not include round-trip airfare to Barcelona, meals, personal travel and expenses, local transportation, academic materials, or health insurance - students are expected to pay for those on their own. See the estimated program costs for further information.
Students seeking financial aid should discuss options with their home institution's study abroad and/or financial aid office. In addition, students can apply for outside scholarship funding through other organizations. Visit the following websites for further information regarding scholarship opportunities: