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We invite you to engage with the project through our public talks, research forums and conferences:


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Anonymous Fund, the Jay & Ruth Halls Visiting Scholar Fund and the College of Letters and Science

‘Performance and Justice: The Baltasar Garzón and la manada (The Wolfpack) Trials on Stage’

  • 11 March 2020, 4:30 ‐ 6:00 pm
    260 Bascom Hall

Maria M. Delgado, University of London, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama


University of Nottingham

Modern Languages and Culture Seminar

  • 5 February 2020, 4-5.15 pm

‘The jurisdiction of the stage: and El pan y la sal (Bread and Salt): Baltasar Garzón’s historical memory trial as theatre’

Maria M. Delgado


Launch of Mezosfera’s special issue Past Contemporary: The Politics of Memory in Social Museums and Public Spaces.

  • Tuesday 26 November 2019, 6.30-8 pm

CIA, Buenos Aires

Further information...

Presentation of Issue #7 ‘Past Contemporary: The Politics of Memory in Social Museums and Public Spaces’. Speakers: Eszter Szakacs and Dóra Hegyi (editors) and Cecilia Sosa. The issue includes contributions by Zsófia Frazon – Zsolt K. Horváth, Sara Greavu, Isel Arango Rodríguez, Rose Jepkorir Kiptum, Cecilia Sosa – Philippa Page, and Marta Lança.

Mezosfera is an international magazine on art and culture published and edited by tranzit.hu in Budapest. The publishing project is a platform for the sharing of knowledge and the building of solidarity while connecting non-central geopolitical regions, mainly among the art and cultural scenes in Eastern Europe: http://mezosfera.org/

XXV Jornadas Nacionales de Teatro Comparado

  • Wednesday 27 November, 4-6pm

María Delgado, “Jauría, por el Teatro Kamikaze”

Bryce Lease and Wojtek Ziemilski, “From Poland to Argentina: Theatre, Memory, Performativity”

Traduce: Cecilia Sosa

Presenta: Jorge Dubatti

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2019 David Vilaseca Memorial Lecture

Picture Gallery

Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 6.15 pm

Maria Delgado, “Memory, Politics, Performance and Justice: The Garzón and la manada (wolf pack) cases on stage”

Representing Memory and Reparation: The Spanish Transition in Global Comparative Perspective

IAS Forum, University College London

  • Monday, 28 October 2019, 6.30-8 pm

A panel discussion with Maria Delgado, Jill Daniels (Arts&Digital Industries, UEL), Seth Anziska (Jewish Studies, UCL), Piotr Cieplak (Media and Film, Sussex), and Emily Baker (Latin American Studies, SELCS, UCL). This panel is organised in response to the film The Silence of Others, which reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day.

Bystanders & Memory: Between the Museum and the Theatre

Public Panel: Erica Lehrer, Roma Sendyka, Bryce Lease

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

  • Friday, 18 October, 6 pm

In December 2018, the exhibition, “Terribly close: Polish Vernacular Artists Face the Holocaust” (Widok zza bliska. Inne obrazy Zagłady), opened at the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow, curated by Erica Lehrer, Roma Sendyka, Wojciech Wilczyk, and Magdalena Zych. The exhibition showcases how local artists in Poland attempted to represent the events they witnessed during World War II. The objects on display in the museum challenge what is understood as Holocaust art, expand the field of Holocaust memory studies to include “minor,” “peripheral,” or “awkward” objects, as well as contribute to larger debates about “difficult heritage” or “difficult knowledge”. In collaboration with the curators, the Staging Difficult Pasts project team commissioned Polish artist Wojtek Ziemilski to create a commemorative performance action, which consisted of transporting a wooden toy in a form of a car, described as “truposznica” or a corpse carrier used transport the dead bodies that had been gassed to be cremated, from the Ethnographic Museum to the Cricoteka, housing the objects and machines associated with the work of Tadeusz Kantor. This panel will reflect upon the exhibition and the performance action, discussing tensions between representation and performativity, the dynamic relationships between museal and theatrical frames and memory and history.

The Past Presented: The Presentation of Narratives, Objects & Public Memory

Dublin Festival of History

The LAB Gallery. Dublin Ireland

  • Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2-4 pm

A panel discussion with Bryce Lease, Sheena Barrett (The LAB Gallery), Owen Boss (Co-Artistic Director of ANU Productions), Lar Joye (Director of Heritage, Dublin Port) and Brenda Malone (National Museum of Ireland). This panel discussion explores the experience of the viewer, audience and reader engaging with the past through contemporary artworks.

International Interdisciplinary Conference: Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights at the Crossroads of Art and Science

University of Minnesota

  • October 3-4, 2019

Michal Kobialka: ‘Staging Difficult Pasts: Of Awkward Objects and Collateral Memories’

Sites of Violence and Their Communities. Critical Memory Studies in the Post-Human Era

Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków, Poland

  • Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 9-9.30 am

Bryce Lease, “Performances and social rites at non-sites of memory”

ATHE Annual Conference

Orlando, Florida

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 11:00 am - 12.30 pm

Bryce Lease, ‘Poor Objects: Breaking the Ethnographic Frame’


Before and After Francoism: History, Memory, Politics and Propaganda in Spanish Media and Drama

University of Oslo, Norway

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 10 am-12.15 pm

Maria Delgado, "Historical memory on Trial: Baltasar Garzón and El pan y la sal (Bread and Salt, 2018)"




Shangahi Theatre Academy

  • Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 11:00 am - 12.30 pm

Maria Delgado, ‘Historical memory on Trial: Baltasar Garzón and El pan y la sal (Bread and Salt)



Memory Studies Association Conference

Madrid, Spain

  • Wednesday, 26 June 2019, 12.30-2:00 pm

Panel with Project Team: Staging Difficult Pasts

This panel analyses and compares international approaches to staging difficult pasts across major theatres and museums, including Teatre Lliure (Barcelona), ESMA Museum (Buenos Aires), and the Cricoteka & Ethnographic Museum (Krakow). Our analysis charts how these curatorial and theatrical practices are increasingly informed cross-institutionally.



ResearchWorks Series

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

  • Monday, 17 June 2019, 6:00 pm

Eventbrite booking page online

Staging Difficult Pasts

Panel with Maria Delgado & Bryce Lease



Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

University of Manchester

  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 6:00 pm

Staging Difficult Pasts

Panel with Maria Delgado & Bryce Lease


Cricoteka, Kraków

  • Saturday, 23 February 2019, 5:00 pm

‘Staging Difficult Pasts: Objects in the State of Unrest’

Public forum on the historical and cultural materiality of objects and their function in theatrical and museological practices.

Panellists: Ludmiła Ryba (Teatr Cricot 2), Wojtek Ziemilski, Kolektyw Kuratorski, Erica Lehrer, Roma Sendyka, Katarzyna Fazan and Anna Róża Burzyńska.

Panel chair: Michał Kobiałka.



George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths, University of London

Performance Research Forum

  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Affect, Theatricality and Spectacle: Commemoration in the History Museum

Bryce Lease



WAYS OF REMEMBERING LAS MALVINAS/THE FALKLANDS: Lola Arias’ Veterans, Minefield and Theatre of War

School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds

  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 4:30 pm

Maria Delgado


TATE Liverpool

BEYOND THESE ROOMS | ANU & CoisCéim’s Dance Theatre

  • Thursday, 7 February 2019, 11:00 am - 12.30 pm

Panel Discussion: Why Remember?: What place has history in the modern contemporary art space. Object, materials and presentation across art form and culture.

Panellists: Louise Lowe (ANU), Lar Joye (Military Curator), Bryce Lease (Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance,  Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway)



STAGING DIFFICULT PASTS is an AHRC funded project: Grant reference: AH/R006849/1