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SPAN3018 Exiles, Migrants and Citizens: Narrating and documenting displacement in contemporary Spain (online)

Module Overview

This module approaches the study of migration and displacement as recurrent themes in Spanish social, political and cultural history since its emergence as a modern nation in 1492, an event itself inaugurated by three major population movements: internal relocations of population during the ‘re-conquest’, religious persecutions and exile of Iberian Jews and Muslims and the beginning of transoceanic migrations to the newly ‘found’ territories of the Americas. You will explore migration and displacement through a range of Spanish and English texts. This is the online version of a face to face module.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to introduce you to the study of Spain’s migration movements from a political and socio-cultural perspective;  to examine key issues, concepts and methodologies used in the study of migration and exile;  to gain a critical understanding of the different ways in which exile and migration are historicised as well as analysed in social sciences;  to enable you to apply previous knowledge of the history, society and politics of Europe and Latin America and to draw connections between these in the context of migration.


Migration has been a recurrent theme that has characterised Spain’s social, political and cultural history since its emergence as a modern nation in 1492. This module will focus on the following more recent migration movements of the 20th and 21st century: a) Spanish Republican exile of the Spanish Civil War b) Evacuation and exile of Spanish, Catalan and Basque refugee children c) Labour emigration during the Franco regime d) Spain as a country of immigration from the mid1980s e) New Spanish migrants in 21st century In analysing these migration movements the module will focus on key contextual issues, theoretical concepts and research methodologies used in the study of forced and voluntary migrations. The aim is to provide you with an overview of the political and socio-economic contexts that triggered and sustained these migrations as well as an understanding of the impact that the presence of exiles and migrants had on the receiving societies. More specifically, the module seeks to encourage you to reflect upon the impact that migration and exile has on individual and collective forms of identification, representation and discourses, which you will explore through analysis of a variety of primary and secondary sources, including personal testimonies, interviews, documentaries, migrant periodical publications and media representations of migrants and exiles. In doing so, a key concern will be to consider the ways in which individuals and societies experience, remember and interpret their memories of dislocation and displacement.

Special Features

Your knowledge and understanding of Spanish contemporary migration and exile will be developed through reading and active participation in blogs/forums. This will be extended and synthesised through the preparation of written exercises and oral tasks that constitute the main elements of assessment.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching activities include  Regular recorded lectures from module leader delivered online (using Panopto - lecture capture software) (5 lectures)  Associated online chat and Discussion Forum activities(minimum 2 submissions per student)  Student participation and interaction through group blogging tasks( no specified number – participation will be encouraged)  Student online presentations using MailVu videocasts or online forums(one per stduent  Individual tutorials Learning activities include  Organisation of material and own ideas for oral presentation;  Developing own interpretation of theoretical works and texts;  Debating ideas with tutor and fellow colleagues in online forums  Independent study. Individual research  Accessing online resources

Completion of assessment task45
Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Wider reading or practice22
Follow-up work9
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Gènevieve Dreyfus-Armand (2000). El exilio de los republicanos españoles en Francia: De la guerra civil a la muerte de Franco. 

Susannah Radstone (2000). ‘Introduction’,. Memory and Methodology. .

Paul Ward (2005). Defining Documentary. Documentary: The margins of reality. , pp. 6-13.

Adrian Bell (1996). Only for three months – The Basque Children in Exile. 

Patricia. W. Fagen (1973). Exiles and Citizens – Spanish Republicans in Mexico. 

Dora Schwarzstein (2001). Entre Franco y Perón: Memoria e identidad del exilio republicano español en Argentina. 

El Exilio republicano español. Pedro Carvajal (2000) (Documentary film) El Exilio republicano español. 1939-1978

Dori Laub (1992). ‘Bearing Witness or the Vicissitudes of Listening’. Testimony: Crises of witnessing in literature, psychoanalysis, and history. , pp. 57-74.

Antonio Soriano (1989). Éxodos: Historial oral del exilio republicano en Francia 1939-1945. 

Edward W Said 'Reflections on exile’. Reflections on Exile and Other Essays. , pp. 173-185.

Louis Stein (1979). Beyond death and exile. The Spanish Republicans in France, 1939-1955. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Blog Post 10%
Essay  (1500 words) 40%
Practical task  (1500 words) 30%
Presentation  (20 minutes) 20%

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To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

SPAN9010Spanish Language Stage 4
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