Public Humanities and the Spanish Civil War

  • Alison Ribeiro de Menezes
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


Ribeiro de Menezes examines the emergence in recent years of public history and debates around the ‘value’ of the humanities. She argues that scholars’ commitment to engaging nonacademic audiences, including those who may be the subjects of academic research, should be seen as part of the research process and assessed in terms of the potential contribution to knowledge, to dignity, and to a recalibration of the humanities beyond the confines of introverted theorizing. Such constructive engagement is far from simple, as many of the essays in the volume introduced here demonstrate. Taking the example of Belchite, Ribeiro de Menezes shows how a vigilant and contextualized reading of historical sites remains crucial to an understanding of memory debates as constantly shifting, and as shaped by the present and future as much as the past.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison Ribeiro de Menezes
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  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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