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Archaeologists and historians of arts and the challenge of the Great War

Archéologues et historiens de l’art à l’épreuve de la Grande Guerre

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Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by João Fernandes

Summary

The conference « Archaeologists and Art Historians in the First World War », co-organized by Annick Fenet (AOROC), Sara Nardi-Combescure (AOROC) and Michela Passini (IHMC),is set within the frame of First World War Centenary events. French and foreign contributors are invited to shed light on such issues from a transnational perspective.

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Argument

Often prompted by their passion for knowledge, for the past and its heritage, archaeologists and art historians in the early twentieth century collaborated with foreign colleagues, and sometimes developed friendly relationships with them. The first World War brought about drastic changes in their research and organizations. Whether mobilized for combat or not, they carried on their research activities next to the front or at the rear, as well as they could. Due to the conflict, a great many of them decided to get committed in the society of their time by expressing personal opinions, by taking initiatives at national or international level, or by breaking from previous professional associations and liaising with new people. In the two decades that followed the war, the memory of those horrible years made them change the way they regarded their disciplines or specialities, and may also have influenced their thoughts and practice.

The conference « Archaeologists and Art Historians in the First World War », co-organized by Annick Fenet (AOROC), Sara Nardi-Combescure (AOROC) and Michela Passini (IHMC), is set within the frame of First World War Centenary events. French and foreign contributors are invited to shed light on such issues from a transnational perspective.

Beyond particular cases, several aspects will be under scrutiny : the commitments (or lack of commitment) of these men and women within the war, and as regards political and nationalist alliances or oppositions ; their working conditions on the fields or at the rear despite the conflict ; the intellectual impact that the war may have had on their scientific paths and on their visions of the past. The scope of the conference is the history of Archaeology and Art History in the first quarter of the twentieth century. In a multidisciplinary approach, scholars of the contemporary period and specialists in antiquity will be joining.

Places

  • École normale supérieure, salle Dussane - 45 rue d'Ulm
    Paris, France (75005)

Date(s)

  • Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017

Keywords

  • Grande Guerre, archéologie, histoire de l'art

Contact(s)

  • Michela Passini
    courriel : michela [dot] passini [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Sara Nardi Combescure
    courriel : saracombescure [at] free [dot] fr
  • Annick Fenet
    courriel : annick [dot] fenet [at] ens [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Sophie Bono-Lauriol
    courriel : sophie [dot] bono-lauriol [at] ens [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Archaeologists and historians of arts and the challenge of the Great War », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, https://calenda.org/389072

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