Research assistant
Transnational War Volunteering
+31 (0)20-5233800

My name is Diego Gaspar Celaya,  I am a Spanish researcher and my primary research interests are the study of foreigners contribution to Resistance in France during WW2 (particularly focusing on Spanish resisters personal and warfare experiences) and Transnational War Volunteering in regular armies between 1936 and 1962 at the Mediterranean Area and its colonial ramifications. My work combines a transnational and comparative historical long-term approach, with a more interpretative analysis consisting of topics such as quantitative history, personal memoirs and oral-history. 
Currently I am Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación fellow at the Modern and Contemporary History Dept (Univ. Zaragoza) and PI of “TRANSFRONT” Research project (Univ. of Zaragoza) on migratory experiences. I also have been PI of “SUM-PORT” Aquitania Project (2019, Univ. Zaragoza); Research-Division Leader of RECURUT European Interreg IV-POCTEFA Project (2014-15, Univ. Zaragoza); External Advisor for European Projects (to FRAMESPA-CNRS, Univ. Toulouse Jean Jaures; EUROM-Univ. Barcelona and Univ. Zaragoza) and Proposal Leader of several EU and Spanish Projects (e.g. MUICA- POCTEFA, 2015; RECURUT-POCTEFA, 2013; TRANSFRONT-MICINN, 2018).
I am working for the NIOD thanks to a Jose Castillejo Grant, that is going to allow me to develop a 6-month research stay with all of you. In this period I expect to learn from you and you methods,  but also to work on a short-research project devoted to transanational anarchist resisters, specially exploring the Social History Insitute records. 
Moreover,  I am currently finishing my new book on the "Spanish" Liberation of Paris, and the transnational volunteers who acted in it (some of them anarchist aforemented) In this book I analyse the paradigmatic case of La Nueve thorough a systematic identification of their transnational (soldiers) members, looking more closely their life’s' and combat experiences, comparing them (as nationals) each other’s and bringing “flesh and blood” to this new analysis of external "French" Resistance by exploring their different practices. But in this book I also combine my researching on a critical and comparative approach to national French and Spanish Resistance narratives and mythos. Indeed, I stress out how suppressing unwanted memories, arbitrary political boundaries and particular interest combined all to constrain scholarly researching. But also to boost easy-reading and geographically bounded accounts based on heroes and villain, to read several complex past times, as it was the case of the Liberation of Paris by a bunch of brave Spaniards.