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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, Globalization, Sociology of Media and Communication, Qualitative Methods, Visual Sociology.

Current Research

I am interested in the socio-political consequences of memory narratives and the delicate relationship between processes of collective remembering, reconciliatory initiatives, and the demands of justice in post-conflict or post-authoritarian societies. To what extent are people of the current generation bound by a violent past and the memory of this past? What forms of subjectivity emerge through different memories of atrocity, and what forms of collective action do these memories facilitate or hinder?

I also co-organize the Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group. Click here for the workshop schedule.

Selected Publications

“Ghosts of the Holocaust in Franco’s Mass Graves. Cosmopolitan Memories and the Politics of Never Again,” with Natan Sznaider. 2015. Memory Studies 5(2): 1-17.

“Antigona in Leon. The Drama of Trauma Politics,” with Natan Sznaider. 2015 (forthcoming). In: Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies. London: Routledge.

Visuelle Soziologie”, special issue of Soziale Welt (vol 1-2, 2013), co-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. 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.