2018

Jaume Claret

Professor at UOC and Director of the Graduate Program in History, Geography and History of Art

Barcelona (Catalonia) / Sant Llorenç des Cardassar (Balearic Islands)

March 2018

Biography —

Jaume Claret is Assistant Professor at the Department of Arts and Humanities and Director of the Graduate Program in History, Geography and History of Art at the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). He graduated in Communication Sciences (UAB, 1996) and in Humanities (UPF, 1998), and he holds a PhD in History (UPF, 2004). His PhD thesis is about the history of Spanish universities and university policies during the Second Republic, the Civil War and the first Franco’s regime. It was later published as El atroz desmoche (Crítica, 2006), and has since become a reference work in this subject. His research fields are Spanish and Catalan political, cultural and intellectual history (modern and contemporary periods) and is currently the principal investigator of the research project “Regiocat. Regionalism in Catalonia Under the Franco Regime: Speeches and Practices”. He is the author of several articles, chapters and books on contemporary history, and amongst these: Breve historia de las Brigadas Internacionales (La Catarata, 2016) and Pasqual Maragall: pensamiento y acción (RBA, 2017).  He is a member of the editorial board of academic journals (Rubrica Contemporanea and Dictatorships & Democracies), and is a reviewer of essays and non-fiction in the literary supplement of the newspaper ARA.

Project —

My stay at the Faber Residency will allow me to finish editing  the memoirs of General Rafael Latorre Roca (1880-1968). Member of the Artillery Weapon, Latorre was a cultivated, polyglot and well-connected military man who maintained throughout his entire life a complete and detailed diary about his whereabouts, personal and professional experiences. He was against the politicization of the army, but grew disappointed about the Republic policies, and therefore joined the rebel side during the Spanish Civil War. He was in charge of one of the carlistas columns from Pamplona to Bilbao, was appointed military governor of occupied Asturias, directed the Teruel’s troops to the Mediterranean, was destined briefly to Barcelona and finally to the Moroccan Protectorate. After his retirement, between 1947 and 1957 he was the director of the Hydrographic Confederation of the Duero and kept in touch both with barracks and ministries. His testimony allows us to penetrate the privacy of the military leadership and the Francoist hierarchy, as well as illuminate specific events such as the Pact of Santoña or the fundamental and foundational corruption of the Franco regime. After a preliminary selection and edition of the various notebooks and publications by General Latorre, I will be working on the original in order to achieve a publishable version, accessible to specialists and the general public. This is my goal during my stay at the Faber Residency.