On Blurred Borders and Interdisciplinary Research Teams: The Case of the "Archive of Mourning"

Cristina Sánchez-Carretero, Antonio Cea, Paloma Díaz-Mas, Pilar Martínez, Carmen Ortiz

Abstract


The main objective of this article is to present the "Archive of Mourning," a research project that focuses on the mourning ritual practices in public spaces that took place after the train bombings in Madrid on March 11th 2004. Due to the magnitude of these public mourning rituals, the impact of the bombings in Spanish society and the variety of voices expressed at the stations, a group of researchers working at the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) started a project to document and analyze the memorials at the stations. The twofold objective of documenting and analyzing the memorialization practices made this research project an interdisciplinary endeavor from the beginning; an initiative in which librarians, anthropologists and literature scholars collaborated.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1103124


Keywords


grassroots memorials; mourning rituals; archives; March 11 train attacks

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