Professor Josefina Cuesta, pioneer in historical memory, dies

An image of Josefina Cuesta.

An image of Josefina Cuesta.

Emeritus Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Salamanca Josefina Cuesta Bustillo, pioneer in historical memory in Spain, has died in the Salamanca capital at the age of 74, as reported by the Center for Women’s Studies of the University of Salamanca (CEMUSA), of which she was director.

Through its social networks, this Center has communicated the death of Cuesta Bustillo, last night, considered as the “pioneer of historical memory in Spain”, as defined by the former director of the Documentary Center for Historical Memory in a newspaper article.

Josefina Cuesta graduated in Geography and History from the University of Valladolid, although she did her doctorate at the University of Salamanca, where she defended her doctoral thesis and where she remained as a professor until in 2003 she achieved the chair of Contemporary History.

In addition to publishing hundreds of articles and books, Cuesta Bustillo was the patron of the Documentary Center of Historical Memory; director of the Center for Women’s Studies at the University of Salamanca; as well as co-founder and co-director of the collection Memoria de Mujer, published by USAL editions.

The former Secretary of State for Equality, between 2018 and 2020, Soledad Murillo, has assured in her social networks that “He has lost a teacher who enjoyed the classroom and a researcher in the history of women”, in addition to “a professor without pedestals, thanks to her great knowledge and her unconditional affections.”

Likewise, the Spanish historian Ángel Viñas has also said goodbye to Josefina Cuesta through his social networks, which he has defined as “a great person who had been engaging in the theoretical study of memory”.

The funeral will be held tomorrow Wednesday in the chapel of the San Carlos de Salamanca funeral home.


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