I am a social and cultural historian of modern Spain. Prior to completing my PhD at the University of Sheffield (2015) I lived and worked in Oviedo and studied for an MA in Contemporary History at the Universidad de Zaragoza (2011).
After teaching at Sheffield and Loughborough, I moved across the pond to Toronto spend a year as a postdoctoral fellow at York University, which was followed by a stint teaching at Durham. Before joining Stirling, I was appointed a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and also spent a couple of months as a DAAD fellow at the Institute for Social Movements in Bochum.
Visiting Research Fellow University of Leeds
Much of my research examines the everyday experience of politics through a social and cultural lens. So far I have mainly worked on protest, violence, left-wing radicalism and anticlericalism. My forthcoming monograph (Unite, Proletarian Brothers! Radicalism and Revolution in the Spanish Second Republic, 1931-1936), which builds on my PhD thesis, examines the process of ‘radicalisation’ in the coalfields of Asturias during the Second Republic, drawing together factors like strike action, boycotts, anticlericalism, protests at police intrusion and brutality, and shifting understandings of fascism at the local level.
My current work moves away from this tight focus on the prelude to the Spanish Civil War towards the broader history of political engagement in twentieth-century Spain. I am increasingly interested in questions of crowd dynamics, mass politics, atmosphere and the politics of sound and noise-making within the context of expressing or regulating political behaviour. Current projects on rough music and blasphemy in twentieth-century Spain draw on these interests. I am also working on the question of masculine intimacy on the Republican front during the Spanish Civil War.
Kerry M (2019) The Bones of Contention: The Secularization of Cemeteries and Funerals in the Spanish Second Republic. European History Quarterly, 49 (1), pp. 73-95. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265691418817466
Kerry M (2017) Radicalisation, Community and the Politics of Protest in the Spanish Second Republic: Asturias, 1931-34. English Historical Review, 132 (555), pp. 318-343. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cex090
Kerry M (2017) Painted Tonsures and Potato-sellers: Priests, Passing and Survival in the Asturian Revolution. Cultural and Social History, 14 (2), pp. 237-255. https://doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2017.1290996
My teaching focuses on Europe during the first half of the twentieth century - and often the darker side of history. In 2019/20 I am teaching "Interwar Europe: Communism, Fascism and Democracy" and "Death and Destruction: A History of Violence in Europe, c.1890-1945".