Within the framework of the Seminar of the Complutense University of Madrid: History, Culture and Memory, the Foundation Pablo Iglesias organizes in the Euroforum Philip II of San Lorenzo de El Escorial a course dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War. The course, which will last from 7 to 9 July, will offer conferences by different personalities such as Ángel Viñas, Professor Emeritus of Contemporary History of the Complutense University of Madrid, Gutmaro Gomez Bravo, Professor of Contemporary History of the Complutense University; Jordi Gracia, Professor of Hispanic Literature of the University of Barcelona; Abdón Mateos, Professor of Contemporary History of the National Distance Education University (UNED in its Spanish acronym), and Ana Martínez Rus and Idoia Murga, from the Complutense University of Madrid. The course will be closed by Rafael Simancas, member of parliament and secretary of the PSOE.
The start of the Spanish civil war, in July 1936, meant the breakdown of the civil society and the sudden blocking of the processes of change that the main city centres of the country were experiencing, associated to the fast social, politic and cultural transformations that took place throughout the first term of the 20th century. The establishment of the new pro-Franco State, and its traditionalist, anti-liberal and radically anti-modern conception of the Spanish society, embodied by the principles of the National Catholicism, meant a tremendous rupture in the contemporary history of Spain that some historians have not doubted to classify as a civilizing crisis of the Spanish society. The course intends to be a space for reflection and debate structured in three big sections, a synthesis of the three great ruptures opened between 1936 and 1939: the historical, the cultural and the social.
You can see the complete programme in this pdf.