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

  • Cristina Sánchez-Carretero Spanish National Research Council
  • Antonio Cea Spanish National Research Council
  • Paloma Díaz-Mas Spanish National Research Council
  • Pilar Martínez Spanish National Research Council
  • Carmen Ortiz Spanish National Research Council
Keywords: grassroots memorials, mourning rituals, archives, March 11 train attacks

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

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Author Biographies

Cristina Sánchez-Carretero, Spanish National Research Council

Cristina SÁNCHEZ-CARRETERO is a staff researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC); anthropologist specialized in heritagization processes, and creation of new rituals, particularly in migration contexts.

Antonio Cea, Spanish National Research Council

Antonio CEA is a senior researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He is an anthropologist specialized in religious iconography.

Paloma Díaz-Mas, Spanish National Research Council

Paloma DÍAZ-MAS is a senior researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and an expert in literature studies, particularly traditional and Sephardic literature.

Pilar Martínez, Spanish National Research Council

Pilar MARTÍNEZ is the director of the Library "Tomás Navarro Tomás," Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Carmen Ortiz, Spanish National Research Council

Carmen ORTIZ is a senior researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Anthropologist specialized in the history of anthropological ideas and practices in the modern period, and daily-life expressive culture in urban contexts.

Published
2011-09-16
Section
Archival and Biographical Research Projects (and Initiatives) in Six European Countries