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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

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The social and political contexts of migrations in 20th and 21st c. Spain
  • Macro- and micro-structural aspects of Spanish migration and exile
  • The impact of Spanish migration and exile on places of origin and destination
  • Historical constructions of Spanish migrants and exiles
  • The impact of migratory and exilic experiences at individual and collective level
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Handle primary and secondary documents and literature
  • Synthesise material in Spanish and English in order to transmit it to fellow students in seminars
  • Work effectively in a group as well as independently
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply a multidisciplinary approach to the study of migration and exile
  • Undertake critical reading of primary texts that represent different aspects of migration and exile
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Compare the experiences of economic migrants, political refugees, and exiles
  • Assess the consequences of migration and exile upon individual and collective forms of identification
  • Evaluate the role of government policies and social networks in fostering, supporting and deterring migration
  • Assess the contributions of migrants and exiles to their home and host countries
  • Discuss the wider contexts and connections between Spanish recent emigration patterns and current immigration flows


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.

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

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

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

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