Aldara Cidrás Fuentes

Aldara Cidrás Fuentes


ORCID: 0000-0003-3572-5039


Aldara Cidrás Fuentes (Vigo, 1994) has a degree in History (2016, USC), a master's degree in Contemporary History (2017, interuniversity [USC]) and a PhD in Contemporary History from the USC with a thesis supervised by professors Lourenzo Fernández Prieto and Antonio Míguez Macho. She has been a member of the Histagra research group since 2016 and, since 2018, she has been a contracted researcher under the Xunta de Galicia's support grants for the pre-doutoral stage. In 2019, she carried out a research stay at Princeton University (NJ, USA), where she was also invited to give a session of the Seminar of Iberian Studies in which she presented part of the results of her research under the title "A justicia militar golpista como elemento de unión, propaganda y eliminación durante la guerra civil española (1936 - 1939)" (Military coup justice as an element of union, propaganda and elimination during the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939).

In the 2016/2017 academic year, she was awarded the Extraordinary Master's Thesis Prize of the Inter-University Master's Degree in Contemporary History and her Master's thesis "A violencia, las víctimas, los verdugos. La lógica del terror en la ciudad de Pontevedra (1936 - 1939)" was awarded with honours. During this year, she was also the beneficiary of a collaboration grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport to develop in the Unit of Contemporary Documentary and Oral Heritage (UPDOC) - Galician Oral History Fund (HISTORGA), work that continued when the Terra e Memoria fund was opened to the public in 2019. 
His main line of research focuses on the judicialisation of violence between 1936 and 1939 and its perpetrators, insofar as he understands that the political instrumentalisation of the military and common justice system by the rebels served to legitimise and perpetrate the genocidal violence unleashed after the coup d'état of 1936. More broadly, her research interests include collective memories and narratives derived from crimes against humanity, the history of mentalities, cultural and gender studies, and the politics of transitional justice and (de)memorialisation. More currently, he is developing a line of work focused on places of memory as concrete elements that materialise and condense in space the plurality of violence, the result of a retroactive construction of the narrative about the coup and the civil war. An advance of his research is available in: CIDRÁS, Aldara: "La construcción de la culpabilidad colectiva en la ciudad de Pontevedra (1936 - 1939)", in FERNÁNDEZ PRIETO, Lourenzo and MÍGUEZ MACHO, Antonio (ed.): Golpistas y verdugos de 1936. Historia de un pasado incómodo, Vigo, Galaxia, 2018, pp. 227 - 283. In addition, his contributions to congresses and talks can be found openly on the internet. 

In addition to her scientific output, she regularly collaborates in various activities to disseminate historical knowledge to the general public, as she is deeply aware of the need to transfer the results of academic research as a basis for a more pluralistic and democratic society.