The Provincial Council creates the Virgilio Castilla Prize to reward work in the field of historical memory


The Administrative Council of the Provincial Council of Granada today approved the announcement of the Virgilio Castilla Prize to support research work that contributes to the knowledge and dissemination of the recent past, between the constitution of 1931 and that of 1978 in the province of Granada, under the law of Historical and Democratic Memory.
The objective of this prize, which is endowed with 3,000 euros and which includes the publication of the work, is to promote and financially support unpublished studies which contribute to the knowledge and dissemination of historical events that occurred during the Second Republic, the Civil War, the post-war period and the transition to democracy in the province of Granada.
The First Vice-President and Deputy for Culture and Historical and Democratic Memory, Fátima Gómez, stressed that the Provincial Council will collaborate with the University of Granada “so that important, serious and rigorous studies are presented within the framework of academic excellence”.
“It is important to encourage university students, those who work and research in the field of history and contemporary history, to take this award from the Provincial Council of Granada into account in their studies,” said Fátima Gómez, who clarified that the jury will be made up of three specialists, who will be assisted by a secretary.

The figure of Virgilio Castilla

Virgilio Castilla Carmona was a politician from Granada, attached to the Republic and to democratic principles, assassinated on August 2, 1936. Of his political career, it is worth mentioning his election as a councilor of the Granada city council in the elections of 1931 and 1936, as well as his appointment as President of the Provincial Council from 1931 to 1934 and later after the municipal elections of 1936.
Virgilio Castilla distinguished himself in his public performance by promoting and improving communication, attention to provincial charity, investment in policies that would promote employment in disadvantaged areas of the province, the dignity of the institution (under his tenure he managed to obtain the Diputación had the Bibataubin Palace), the improvement of the cash desks and provincial cash desks with the updating and rationalization of administration and collection.
During the military uprising, he was arrested in Granada on July 20. He was tried by a summary court-martial on August 1, along with a host of Grenada figures, and sentenced to death, although none of the charges were proven and procedural safeguards were not met. The family obtained the repair of his memory by decision of the Ministry of Justice in 2007.

Requirements and deadlines

The call establishes that any natural person of Spanish nationality or residing in Spain who, at the time of the closing date, has reached the age of 18, will be eligible for the prize. Each candidate may present himself exclusively with a single original. The work must be unpublished, written in Spanish and must be an interesting and innovative contribution to research on the historical memory of the province of Granada.
Articles and research may be presented as long as they have not been awarded in other competitions, competitions or calls, published or reproduced in a printed format or in an audiovisual or digital medium. In addition, doctoral theses are excluded.
Candidates who meet the requirements can submit their application in the “Document Submission” section of the electronic register of the headquarters of the Provincial Council of Granada, indicating that they are applying to participate in the call for the Virgilio Castilla Research Prize. The submission period will start the day after the publication of the call in the BOP and will end 60 calendar days.

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