The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939): Transforming the Soul of a Nation

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
North East Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

The Spanish Civil War was an event that not only transformed the Spanish nation politically and economically, it also changed its landscape and the very identity of the nation. The Republican government had worked hard to transform Spain from a postcolonial decaying kingdom into a modern European nation, with varying levels of success.  The war did not halt those attempts to modernize the nation for the Republican side, for example the Misiones Pedagógicas continued their work educating the poor farmers and the working class well into the 1939.  The Nacionalistas began shaping the nation into their vision early into the war with the help of the Falangistas. With the victory of the Nationalistas the Second Republic was dismantled in Spain and an authoritarian government was put in its place. To ensure that this “New Spain” reflected the vision of the Nacionalistas the nation had to be changed. This panel will accept papers that examine these processes of transformation: economic, political, spacial or identities, at the time of the civil war and after.

This panel will be part of the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention, April 12-15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. Interested authors should submit 250-300 words abstracts through CFP list on NeMLA’s website: