Accepted Paper:

Public grieving in the aftermath of the March 11th, 2004, attacks in Madrid: 'The Mourning Archive'  
Virtudes Téllez Delgado (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Paper short abstract:

In the aftermath of the March 11th attacks in Madrid train stations, a group of anthropologists from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) started a project that documents and analyses the public performances of grief conducted after the attacks. This poster will graphically show this.

Paper long abstract:

In the aftermath of March 11th attacks in Madrid train stations, a group of anthropologists from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) started a project that documents and analyses the public performances of grief conducted after the attacks. This poster will graphically show the objectives, work programme and methodology of this research project. In addition to the testimonies, photographs of the shrines and other materials produced by the research team, CSIC and Madrid's regional train system (RENFE) signed an agreement in 2005 allowing for the donation to the Mourning Archive of materials that citizens have left in the train stations. Our project has a twofold goal: First, the organization of materials that document acts of mourning where information is catalogued in a fashion similar --and in collaboration with-- to that of the Sept. 11th projects at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The second objective is the analysis of collective responses to the violence, utilizing as sources the most immediate expressions of mourning in the aftermath of the attacks and in-depth interviews with diverse groups involved in the event.

Panel W101
Poster session