New Approaches to Twentieth Century Spain

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Date / time: 15 May, 11:00 am - 6:30 pm

The Grant Room (3.11), Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds

New Approaches to Twentieth Century Spain

This event brings together current postgraduate researchers from many universities within the UK and Spain currently working on Spanish modern history. The papers cover a wide range of topics, including public works during the Primo de Rivera years (1923-1930), British foreign policy during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), protest and resistance to the Francoist regime, and Spanish anarchism. Dr Richard Baxell, the foremost historian on British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War will be the keynote speaker.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch and refreshments provided during the day and a wine reception will be held after the keynote lecture.



Centre for the History of Ibero-America, University of Leeds:

Keynote Speaker: Dr Richard Baxell (London School of Economics & Chair of the International Brigade Memorial Trust)


Panel 1 (11:00–12:00)

  • Joel Baker (University of Sheffield), ‘The highway to modernity? Infrastructure development, petitioning and populism in Primo de Rivera’s Spain’
  • Ainhoa Campos (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), ‘The Importance of Being Well Fed: Supply Problems and Civilian Morale in Madrid during Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)’
  • Stephanie Wright (University of Sheffield), ‘Adapting military masculinities to peace: the case of Franco’s “Mutilated Gentlemen” in Spain, 1936-1975’Lunch (12:15–13:15)

Panel 2 (13:15–14:45)

  • Scott Ramsay (University of Leeds), ‘The Origins of British Non-Intervention in the Spanish Civil War: Foreign Office Perceptions of Political Polarisation in Spain, 1931-1936’
  • Stephen Rainbird (University of Cambridge), ‘British capital in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939’
  • Nick Sharman (University of Nottingham), ‘Britain’s Informal Empire: Anglo-Spanish Relations, 1936-1946’
  • Henry Holborn (University of Newcastle) ‘The Spanish Civil War and the North East of England: oral testimonies, history and memory’

Break (14:45–15:15)

Panel 3 (15:15–16:30)

  • Nathaniel Andrews (University of Leeds), ‘Trans-local anarchism: the flow of anarchist cultural practices’
  • Jessica Thorne (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Pipelines of Resistance: A cartography of anti-Francoist struggle, 1961-1975’
  • Santiago Fernández (University of Sheffield), ‘The singer/songwriter as public intellectual: the case of Joan Manuel Serrat and Eurovision’

Break (16:30–17:00)

Keynote speaker (17:00) Dr Richard Baxell, ‘Wars and Peace: The Long History of the International Brigades’18:00, Wine reception

This event is funded by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities.