Zahira Aragüete-Toribio holds an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics and a PhD in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a collaborator of the project "Subtierro: Exhumaciones de fosas comunes y derechos humanos en perspectiva histórica, transnacional y comparad" led by Francisco Ferrándiz (Spanish National Research Council, 2016-2018) and a member of the Spanish visual anthropology collective "Materia Prima", with which she produces ongoing audio-visual and photographic work. From 2009 to 2013, she worked as a research assistant under the supervision of Sari Wastell (Goldsmiths, University of London) in the project "Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts: Transitional Justice and the Legal Shaping of Memory after Two Modern Conflicts" funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant). In 2013 she co-organized two international conferences, "Thinking Memory through Space: Materiality, Representation and Imagination" (Goldsmiths, University of London) and "Beyond the One-Size-Fits-All Model of Transitional Justice" (University of Deusto, Bilbao). From 2013 to 2016, she taught broadly in anthropology of rights, anthropology and history, anthropology and gender theory, and introduction to social anthropology (Goldsmiths, University of London). She has published her work since 2013 (see list of publications).
Her doctoral research explores scientific, historical and social endeavours in connection to the exhumation of human remains from the Spanish Civil War and the postwar period in the southwestern region of Extremadura (Spain). Focusing on notions of evidence production, she studies the role that human remains, documents, war remnants, oral accounts and expertise play in the construction of new histories and sociopolitical claims about past political repression. As a postdoctoral researcher in the project, she continues to focus on issues of post-violence reparation; the legal, political and scientific treatment of human remains in the production of truth, evidence and knowledge after conflict; and the sociocultural legacies of mass crimes in contexts of impunity.