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Alejandro Baer

Christopher Uggen

Associate Professor &
Director, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Ph.D. 2003 Complutense University, Madrid
Room 252 &1133 Social Sciences
Phone: 612-624-5014 (Center Dir office) or 612-624-7548 (Soc)

Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Social Memory Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Sociology of Religion, Media and Communication, Antisemitism, Judaism, Qualitative Methods, Visual Sociology.

Current Research

Prof. Baer conducts research on the representation of present and past mass violence in a global arena of interconnected memory cultures (particularly the cases of Spain, Argentina and the Holocaust). Recent work involves a series of articles on how memories of the Holocaust condition ways in which the memory building process takes shape in contemporary Spain, and an assessment of theory and research methods for the study of contemporary Antisemitism. With Bernt Schnettler he is editing a special issue on “Visual Sociology” for the journal Soziale Welt.

Selected Publications

“The Blind Spots of Secularization. A Qualitative Approach to the Study of Antisemitism in Spain," with Paula López. 2012. Special Issue of European Societies 14(2):1-19.

“Holocaust Memory as Knowledge Network: Between Global Community of Values and Universal Symbolic Culture,” with Bernt Schnettler. 2012. Pp. 633-648 in Transnationale Vergesellschaftungen,Verhandlungen des 35. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Frankfurt 2010, edited by H.G. Soeffner. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag. German.

“The Voids of Sepharad. The Memory of the Holocaust in Spain.” 2011. Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. 12(1):95-120.

“Anthropology & Human Rights.” 2010. Special Issue of Revista de Antropologia Social, edited with M.J. Devillard. Spanish.

“Digital Memory: The Visual Recording of Mass Grave Exhumations in Contemporary Spain,” with F. Ferrandiz. 2008. Forum Qualitative Social Research 9(3).

Holocaust: Remembrance and Representation. 2006. Madrid: Losada. Spanish.

Audio-visual Testimony. Image & Memory of the Holocaust. 2005. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociologicas. Spanish.