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World War 2 : History, Art and Memory

World War 2 : History, Art and Memory

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Publié le mercredi 16 novembre 2011 par Loïc Le Pape

Résumé

The session will be divided into three complementary sections with the aim of exploring in an original manner a historical moment—the Second World War—that is crucial for the understanding of the contemporary world. The first part of the course will be devoted to the study of Franco-American relations during the war, providing us the opportunity to revisit well-known political and military events from the perspective of American press coverage. The second part of the course will examine the war through the official War Artists' scheme launched in 1939. The third and final part of the course will approach the memory of the Second World War through films that have played a crucial role in shaping our memory of this event, from 1945 to the present day.

Annonce

The course will be divided into three complementary sections with the aim of exploring in an original manner a historical moment, the Second World War, that is crucial for the understanding of the contemporary world.

The first part of the course will be devoted to the study of Franco-American relations during the war, providing us the opportunity to revisit well-known political and military events from the perspective of American press coverage. Beyond a sequential narrative of events, a systematic study of contemporary press coverage enables us to appreciate the magnitude of the resulting shifts in American public opinion. Indeed attitudes toward France changed significantly during the war years. In 1940, many experienced its tragic “fall” as a real trauma; after the war, their image of France would never be the same. Meanwhile, their perception of themselves and of their world status had also become radically different.

The second part of the course will examine the war through a rather less-well known lens. Indeed, outside specialists circles in Britain, few people know about the official War Artists’ scheme launched in 1939 by Sir Kenneth Clark (then Director of the National Gallery, London), who believed that artists had more to say on what they saw than photographers. Possibly four thousand works resulted from it by 1945. Most are now dispersed in public collections all over the UK - but national museums like the Tate and the Imperial War Museum had right of first refusal, and their works by Henry Moore, Paul Nash and other prominent British artists who are less well known outside the UK are occasionally displayed, usually in connection with special exhibitions on the Second World War. Fortunately, they are widely available as highresolution images on their websites, and a fascinating narrative of the war can be reconstructed from them - both on the Home Front
and on distant theatres of operation overseas.

The third and final part of the course will approach the memory of the Second World War through films, both those created as instruments of propaganda during the war itself as well as the considerable number produced in Europe and the United States in the war’s aftermath that have played a crucial role in shaping our memory of this event, from 1945 to the present day.

Program

  •  Courses will be taught in English by university specialists.

  • Excursions : C aen Memorial, D-Day beaches, Rouen in 1944

  • Film-conferences.

  • A « jazz musical-conference » Ja zz during WW2 This concert conference in English will explore the evolution from the black roots to the birth of the be-bop style. It will show how this music brought dance, rythm and happiness to the French People

Organization

Sceintific responsible

  • Pascal Dupuy MCF en histoire, Université de Rouen
  • Antoine Capet, PU en anglais, Université de Rouen
  • Yves-Marie Péréon, MCF en anglais, Université de Rouen

La date limite pour s'inscrire est le 20/01/2012.

Fees

  • 1500 €* - 2000 $ USD housing, food, excursions included
  • 1200€* - 1650 $ USD: Lunches and excursions only
  • * Price may vary depending on the decision of the administration

Credits: 3 Credits Open to everyon with an intermediate level of english

Contacts

  • University of Rouen / Short Programs / 24 bis Place Colbert / 76130 Mont Saint-Aignan / France
  • ww2@univ-rouen.fr / www.univ-rouen.fr
  • Phone : 00 33 (0)2 35 14 61 68

Lieux

  • 24bis Place Colbert (Service des Relations internationales)
    Mont-Saint-Aignan, France

Dates

  • vendredi 20 janvier 2012

Fichiers attachés

Mots-clés

  • World War 2, Seconde Guerre mondiale, histoire, Etats-Unis, art, mémoire

Contacts

  • Yamina Bensaadoune
    courriel : yamina [dot] bensaadoune [at] univ-rouen [dot] fr

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

  • Yamina Bensaadoune
    courriel : yamina [dot] bensaadoune [at] univ-rouen [dot] fr

Pour citer cette annonce

« World War 2 : History, Art and Memory », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mercredi 16 novembre 2011, http://calenda.org/206109