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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, Antisemitism, Sociology of Judaism, Sociology of Media and Communication, Qualitative Methods, Visual Sociology.

Current Research

Prof. Baer conducts research on the representations of present and past mass violence in a transnational arena of interconnected memory cultures (particularly the cases of Spain, Argentina and Germany). Recent work involves the study of International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies, with an interest in shifting interpretations and turning points in the presence of the Holocaust in a global context. With Natan Sznaider he is working on a book titled “The Holocaust and the Ethics of Never Again”.

Selected Publications

Between ‘Just Punishment’ and ‘Unthinkable Fascist Crimes’: Reactions to Kristallnacht in Civil War Spain.” Forthcoming 2-14. In: Violence, Memory, and History. Western Perceptions of Kristallnacht, edited by N.Wilson and C. McCullough. London: Routledge.

Zur Soziologie des Zeitzeugen,” with Bernt Schnettler. Forthcoming 2014.  In: Wer oder was handelt? Zum Subjektverständnis der Hermeneutischen Wissenssoziologie, edited by A. Poferl and N. Schröer. Wiesbaden: VS-Springer.

Memoria de Auschwitz y antisemitismo secundario. Y tres tesis sobre el prejuicio anti-judíoen la España actual.” 2013. Constelaciones. Revista de Teoría Crítica 4: 99-118.

Visuelle Soziologie”, special issue of Soziale Welt (vol 1-2, 2013), edited with Bernt Schnettler.

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

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

El Testimonio AudiovisualHolocausto, Recuerdo y Representacion

Holocausto. Recuerdo y Representación. 2006. Madrid: Losada.

El Testimonio Audiovisual. Imagen y Memoria del Holocausto. 2005. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas.