The CASB Occasional Papers is intended as a platform for the dissemination of research focused on Spanish topics carried out by young American university students. Many students come to Spain to complete their academic studies, discover the complexity of the local society and its history and, as a consequence, some of them address their academic interest in Hispanic issues in writing. In this sense, CASB Occasional Papers aims to contribute to the evolution of a new generation of Hispanistas from different fields and backgrounds in the very early steps of their academic careers and, at the same time, offer the results of their junior research to broader and non-specialized audiences. Within a context of decreasing interest in humanities and social studies, this publication is an effort to promote and encourage research in fields centered around the perspective of outsiders, the Transatlantic point of view and an interdisciplinary approach to wide-ranging themes.
The three papers included here examine several aspects of the Spanish Civil War and its consequences: Molly Goodkind analyzes four important radical American women (Mary Low, Lois Orr, Martha Gellhorn and Josephine Herbst) who participated in the war; Marcella Hayes examines the role of seven anarchist maquis during the Francoist dictatorship in Barcelona; and Amanda Mitchell studies the relevant recent debates on history and memory as a result of the Ley de la Memoria Histórica (2007).