Official presentation of the Congress


Today, December 1st, the official presentation of the International Congress of the Battle of the Ebro 1938-2018 has been made.

The Department of History, History of Art and Geography of the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) and the Association Amics i Amigues de l’Ebre have launched the gear of a new international congress on the Battle of the Ebro to be held in Tortosa during two consecutive weekends, on September 28, 29 and 30 and on October 5, 6 and 7, 2018, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of this bloody and tragic warlike episode, that together with the entire Spanish Civil War marked a turning point in Terres de l’Ebre. “It is undoubtedly one of the most important historical events that happened during the 20th century and although it´s true that there has been much talk, there are still many things to say. The 80th anniversary looks like a good date to do it”, says the Professor of Contemporary History and dean of the Faculty of Arts of the URV, Josep Sánchez Cervelló, who is also the coordinator of the congress. “Many ebrenque populations were scene of the Battle and our ancestors became witnesses of the tragedy and protagonists of a suffering that did not end in any way with the hostilities, as there was a territory totally devastated and disarticulated,” he adds.

The objectives of this congress, which was presented this morning at a press conference at the Territorial Services of Culture in the Terres de l’Ebre, are to improve the knowledge about the Battle of the Ebro and its historical and social context, to disseminate this knowledge among the new generations, to present new aspects of historical investigation about the Battle, and at the same time to divulge and value the historical heritage related to this warlike episode that happened in the Terres de l’Ebre, this is why there will be guided tours to the spaces of the Battle of the Ebro.

Far from repeating historical aspects, this congress wants to open a space of knowledge and debate that generates a vision that is close, contrasted and more innovative when it comes to explaining the facts. The intelligence services before the Battle of the Ebro, health or local life in the war front and refugees are some of the issues that will be addressed in the main presentations. “We want those who have investigated the subject to make presentations because micro-history is essential to understand the general history,” Marc March, president of Amics i Amigues de l’Ebre, pointed out in his message.

A first phase is now open in which interested researchers can provide communications that will be evaluated by a scientific committee made up of historians from different universities. Among the members of this scientific committee there are: British scholar Paul Preston and members of different national and international universities such as the UNED, the University of Barcelona, the UOC, the University of Zaragoza and the Coimbra University in Portugal. The deadline for presenting the communications is on April 14, 2018. At this press conference, the director of Territorial Services of Culture in the Ebro, Ferran Bladé, also spoke and valued the excellency of the presentations, while the mayor of Tortosa, Ferran Bel, highlighted the academic and scientific rigor of the event.