Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid, España


"Exhuming Francisco Franco? Ethnography of a descent to the depths of the Valley".



Francisco Ferrándiz (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) is Associate Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He has a Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley (1996). Since 2002, he has conducted research on the politics of memory in contemporary Spain, analyzing the exhumations of mass graves from the Civil War (1936‒1939). He is presently Principal Investigator (PI) of the research project The Politics of Memory Exhumations in Contemporary Spain, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (2010-2019, He has also been a member of the Management Committee of the COST Action IS1203, In Search for Transcultural Memory in Europe (ISTME, 2012-2016), as well as CSIC’s PI in the H2020 Project Unsettling Remembering and Social Cohesion in Transnational Europe (UNREST, 2016-2019,

His main books on this topic are El pasado bajo tierra: Exhumaciones contemporáneas de la Guerra Civil (Anthropos/Siglo XXI 2014, see video here), and Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press 2015, coedited with A. C.G.M Robben). He has published numerous articles in journals such as Current Anthropology, American EthnologistEthnographyCritique of AnthropologyAnthropology TodayRDTP, Alteridades, Papers de Sociología, Revista de Antropología Social, AIBR, Isegoría, Política y Sociedad, Visual Anthropology Review, Culture and History, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, o el Journal of Spanish Cutural Studies. He has published book chapters in academic presses such as Duke University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, Palgrave Macmillan, University of Pennsilvanya Press, University of Notre Dame Press, Routledge, Vanderbilt University Press, CSIC, Anthropos/Siglo XXI, Blume, Iberoamericana, Gedisa, Catarata, and others.


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