Igor Contreras Zubillaga is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Huddersfield (UK). He obtained his PhD from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales of Paris in 2017 with a dissertation on the Spanish musical avant-garde during Franco’s dictatorship (Jury’s Special Mention at the ‘Prix de Thèse PSL en Sciences humaines et sociales’, 2018). He has contributed several book chapters on this topic to collective volumes on 20th century Spanish music and culture, and has also published several articles in journals of musicology and history. He has co-edited three volumes titled Composing for the State: Music in Twentieth-Century Dictatorships (Routledge, 2016), À l’avant-garde! Art et politique dans les années 1960 et 1970 (Peter Lang, 2013), and Le son des rouages. Représentations des rapports homme-machine dans la musique du 20e siècle (Éditions Delatour France, 2011). He is co-founder and member of the Editorial Committee of the electronic journal Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales (https://journals.openedition.org/transposition/) for which he has edited two issues: ‘Musique et théorie queer/Music and Queer Theory’ (nº 3, 2013) and, with Talia Bachir-Loopuyt, ‘Musique, histoire, sociétés. Les études sur la musique à l’EHESS’ (hors-série 1, 2018). His current research project concerns music and the transition to democracy in post-Francoist Spain.
Giulia Quaggio completed her doctoral dissertation in European Contemporary History at the University of Florence. From 2011 to 2012 she worked as postdoc researcher at the Departamento de Historia del Pensamiento y de los Movimientos Sociales y Políticos (Universidad Complutense of Madrid), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education. From 2013 to 2015 she collaborated with UNED (Centro de Investigaciones de la Democracia históricas Española-Madrid). In 2010 and in 2016 she received two grants funded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture to collaborate with the Fundación Francisco Ayala. In 2012 she was a Fellow at the Cañada Blanch Centre of the London School of Economics and in 2016 she has held a Remarque Institute Fellowship at New York University. Starting in February 2017, she is a Max Batley Research Associate in the project ‘Protest as democratic practice: peace movements in southern Europe, 1975-1990’. In 2019, she will be also research associate at the German Historical Institute in Rome. Her book The Culture in Transition. Reconciliation and Cultural Policy in Spain (1976-1986) Madrid Alianza 2014 has explored how culture symbolically influenced and defined the political process of Spanish democratisation. She works also on the circulation and comparison of ideas and discourses on democracy, fascism and antifascism in Southern Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War: Francisco Ayala and Renato Treves, an antifascist dialogue between Spain and Italy (Granada, University of Granada 2018). She is a member of the editorial board of the Italian journal Spagna Contemporanea.