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ABRAHAM LINCOLN BATTALION
2018–

Yucaipa, CA, USA
Since 2018 I have been conducting multimodal ethnographic research on the interconnections between collective memory, performance, narrativity, and social action while embedding with a living history/reenactment group portraying the Abraham Lincoln Battalion—the predominantly American volunteer fighting force attached to the International Brigades that fought for Republican Spain against Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War of 1936–39.

This project explores how the distributed memories of the Spanish Civil War are re-enacted and performed in southern California as well as the ways in which these events might expand historiography beyond the realm of the elite, educated, rational (white, male) subject. Additionally, I am interested in how these events act as reverent rituals that perform a continuity of distributed, trans-historical solidarity in order to evoke and honor the memory of fictive kin political ancestors.