Elia Romera Figueroa is a PhD Candidate in Romance Studies–Spanish track. Her interests include 20th and 21st-century feminist movements, as well as memory and culture in Social Movements. Her dissertation focuses on Spanish protest music during Francoism and Spanish Transition to democracy (1952-1986).
Since 2017, Elia has been a fellow at the Social Movements Lab, where she conducts research on the 15M and NiUnaMenos Social Movements in Europe and the Southern Cone. Elia has been one of the Lab’s Digital Content Editors serving to create the Social Movement Archive, together with Anna Tybinko.
During her years with the Lab, Elia received three travel grants to present in different events:
- Memory Studies Summer School. London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (August 13-18, 2019). Elia attended to this summer school and presented a paper that she has now published under the titled “Voiced Postmemories: Rozalén’s “Justo” as a Case Study of Singing, Performing, and Embodying Mourning in Spain”.
- Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (Washington, 21-24 March 2019). Elia participated at the roundtable Movements: Social Activism and Academia and talked about the connection between some of the Lab’s events and her own work on visual artist, such as the project Indignadas (Outraged Women) by María María Acha-Kutscher.
- Mayo del 68 / 50 años después. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (May 21-23, 2018). Here Elia presented on the contemporary use of Spanish and Chilean protest music from 1968’s students’ movements. This talk resulted in a chapter entitled “Voces de mujeres en el largo 68: Cantautoras y represión estudiantil en Chile y España”.
Elia has also organized one of the Lab’s events, The March 8th Uprisings in Spain, and she co-organized two events that the lab has co-sponsored: Transnational Soundscapes: Literary and Sonic Cultures Across the Americas and Iberia (2020) and Negotiating Spaces (2019).