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Revisiting Commemoration

Revisiter la commémoration

Practices, uses and appropriations of the Centenary of the Great War

Pratiques, usages et appropriations du centenaire de la Grande Guerre

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Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by João Fernandes

Summary

The Centenary of the Great War has become a major commemorative event. In France, through the range of events it has inspired, and their distribution throughout the country, this Centenary has become as significant an event as the Bicentenary of the French Revolution was in 1989. At the time, the Bicentenary was a significant contribution to the development of original landmark studies, on the staging of history, and on commemorative social practices, on memory politics and their transformations over the long term, on “commemorative mania” or the erasing of the national “commemorative superego”. The Centenary of the Great War thus provides the opportunity to pursue this reflection by emphasising, not so much who is commemorating but what the commemoration is doing: the practices, the uses and the social appropriations that arise from this. Unlike in 1989, the Commemoration of the First World War is taking place simultaneously in different countries. It therefore allows us to immediately incorporate a comparative perspective.

Announcement

Argument

The Centenary of the Great War has become a major commemorative event. In France, through the range of events it has inspired, and their distribution throughout the country, this Centenary has become as significant an event as the Bicentenary of the French Revolution was in 1989. At the time, the Bicentenary was a significant contribution to the development of original landmark studies, on the staging of history, and on commemorative social practices, on memory politics and their transformations over the long term, on “commemorative mania” or the erasing of the national “commemorative superego”. The Centenary of the Great War thus provides the opportunity to pursue this reflection by emphasising, not so much who is commemorating but what the commemoration is doing: the practices, the uses and the social appropriations that arise from this. Unlike in 1989, the Commemoration of the First World War is taking place simultaneously in different countries. It therefore allows us to immediately incorporate a comparative perspective.

In the context of the research cluster Labex: The past in the present, the International Contemporary Documentation Library (Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale et Contemporaine) and the Institute for the Social Sciences of Politics have begun two important collective research projects on the forms of social appropriation of the Centenary. One looks at the future of on-line heritage linked with World War One, and the other at the visitors of the Centenary commemorative exhibitions on the other. Other large scale studies have also been conducted by other teams, in France (Observatoire du Centenaire) and overseas (Arts and Humanities Research Council). This conference aims to be a place where the some of these works in this area can be brought together to allow a cumulative reflection on the social depth of the Centenary, but also on the concepts and methods that are specific to the study of the place of the past in contemporary society. 

Program

A simultaneous translation will be available

March 24

Université Paris Ouest ,Bâtiment Max Weber, auditorium

9:00 Welcome coffee

9:30 Conference opening, Sarah Gensburger (CNRS/ISP, UPOND-ENS Cachan) et Valérie Tesnière (BDIC, UPOND)

10:00 Measuring Commemoration

Chair: Patrick Garcia (Université de Cergy-Pontoise)

  • Chantal Kesteloot (Centre d’Etudes Guerre et Sociétés contemporaines), Le Centenaire de la Grande Guerre: une nouvelle appropriation de l’histoire de 1914-1918?
  • Jenny Kidd (Cardiff University) et Joanne Sayner (University of Birmingham), ‘I’m not into poppies, I’m into lessons’: The Significance of the Centenary and the Poppy as a Symbol of Remembrance
  • Anne-Marie Kramer (University of Nottingham), Contesting and critiquing commemoration?: Social memory, remembrance practices and ‘ordinary’ people’s responses to the WW1 commemoration centenary in the UK

11:30 Discussion

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Social interaction and Commemoration

Chair: Marie-Claire Lavabre (CNRS/ISP – UPOND/ENS Cachan)

  • Valérie Beaudouin (Télécom ParisTech), Philippe Chevallier (BnF), Lionel Maurel (BDIC), La commémoration de la Grande Guerre sur le Web: présence et diffusion du patrimoine numérisé
  • Frédéric Clavert (Université de Lausanne), Partage de liens et Grande Guerre: échos du Centenaire sur Twitter et sur le Web

15:00 Break

  • Kurt Taroff (Queen’s University Belfast), Loyal to a Fault: Performance, Commemoration, and the UVF Centenary
  • Marnix Beyen (Universiteit Antwerpen) et Laurence van Ypersele (Université Catholique de Louvain), Resilient to appropriation. The multiplicity of commemoration politics in Belgium 2006-2016
  • Jonathan Evershed and Jason Burke (Queen’s University Belfast), The Trouble(s) with First World War commemoration in Northern Ireland

17:00 Discussion

March 25

Archives Nationales, site Pierrefitte-sur-Seine ,Auditorium

9:30 Commemoration in Museums

Chair: Isabelle Chave, Archives Nationales

  • Ann-Marie Foster (Northumbria University), The Individual and the Need to Donate: Donation as Commemoration.
  • Pierre Bouchat (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Olivier Klein (ULB) et Valérie Rosoux (UCL)How Staging the Past Influences the Present: WWI Commemorations & Pacifist attitudes
  • Sylvain Antichan et Jeanne Teboul (UPOND, ISP, Labex Les Passés dans le Présent), Revisiter la commémoration aux musées: retour sur six expositions consacrées au Centenaire
  • Sofia Tchouikina (Université Paris Saint-Denis), Les musées russes face au Centenaire

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Commemoration in Schools

Chair:Alexandre Lafon, Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale

  • Pierre Spitalier (CRID 14-18), Le regard de l'autre. Une expérience franco-allemande
  • Laurence De Cock (Académie de Paris), Les commémorations à l’école permettent-elles ou empêchent-elles de faire de l’histoire? L’exemple de la commémoration du centenaire

14:30 Break

  • Gwendoline Torterat (Université Paris Ouest, LESC – Labex Passés dans le Présent), Émotions (il)légitimes et enseignement de la Première Guerre mondiale: entre rire et dégoût
  • Thierry Hardier et Emmanuel Rochas (CRID 14-18), Pratiques et représentations des commémorations de la Grande Guerre: L’exemple des élèves du collège Paul Eluard de Noyon (Oise)

16:00 Discussion

General conclusion, Sarah Gensburger (CNRS/ISP, UPOND-ENS Cachan) et Valérie Tesnière (BDIC, UPOND)

The conference will end at 5pm

Places

  • Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, bâtiment Max Weber, Auditorium - 200 avenue de la République
    Nanterre, France (92000)
  • Archives Nationales, site Pierrefitte, Auditorium - 59 rue Guynemer
    Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, France (93380)

Date(s)

  • Thursday, March 24, 2016
  • Friday, March 25, 2016

Keywords

  • commémoration, Grande Guerre, WW1, First World War, Première Guerre mondiale, appropriations sociales, histoire,

Contact(s)

  • Sarah Gensburger
    courriel : revisitingcommemoration [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Hélène de Foucaud
    courriel : hdefouca [at] parisnanterre [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Revisiting Commemoration », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, https://calenda.org/357189

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