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Memoire culturelle en France: appel de communications BOURASSA ANDRE G



Bonjour!
L'institut d'études françaises et francophones contemporaines de de
l'Université de l'État de Floride annonce un colloque international
sur La Mémoire Culturelle en France, ses Origines et ses ses Centres, à
Tallahassee, du 13 au 15 novembre 2003. On se penchera notamment sur le
rôle de la mémoire dans la  formation des identités collectives. Les
conférences peuvent être prononcées en français.
Le message qui suit, en anglais, donne des esemples de lieux de mémoire;
les salles, écoles et publications théâtrales ne sont pas spécifiées mais
font nécessairement partie de la problématique. On cite comme source _Les
Lieux de mémoire_ de Pierre Nora; on pourrait ajouter _Mémoires du
théâtre_ de Georges Banu. On trouvera les coordonnées à la fin du nessage.
Cordialement, André G. Bourassa.

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The role of memory in the construction of collective identities has in
recent years been the focus of growing scholarly interest. In France, a
key collaborative work shaping the debate among historians has been Pierre
Nora's Les Lieux de Mémoire. At the same time, scholars in the field of
cultural studies in both the English- and French-speaking worlds have
become increasingly alert to the dialogue between past and present inscribed in
a wide variety of cultural practices. In each of these fields, the role of
differential power structures has been recognized as a major factor
structuring the relationship between memory and culture. The
Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies now
plans to advance and refocus these debates by sponsoring an international
conference on the dynamic interplay between cultural memory and the
evolution of hierarchically structured collective identities in France.
How and why have previously marginalized memories entered into mainstream
conceptions of the past at different moments in time? To what extent have
they been modified by or assimilated into dominant collective memories? In
what ways and in what circumstances have formerly occluded or clandestine
memories become the sites of rival power centers, subverting or
surmounting dominant notions of the past? These are among the issues
explored in this interdisciplinary conference.

Conceptions of French nationhood occupy a major but not unchallenged
position in these debates. Taking his inspiration from the classical and
medieval notion of loci memoriae, or memory places, Nora applied the
term lieux de mémoire (sites of memory) to explore the role played by memory
in the construction of the French idea of the nation. Yet in the medieval
period from which Nora borrowed this term, the dominant forms of
collective identity were vastly different from the modern conception of the
nation-state. Moreover, as the final volumes of Nora's edited study
attest, in the contemporary period the idea of a shared national past as the
central framing device for collective identities in France has been
increasingly challenged by sub-, trans- and supra-national forces which
are reconstructing the topography of 'centers' and 'margins' in the spaces
of cultural memory. The idea of the nation as the 'naturally' dominant
center of collective memories is thus in many ways under siege in the work of
historians, contemporary cultural analysts and many other scholars in a
wide range of disciplines including literary studies, social anthropology,
media studies and social psychology. In exploring these issues, conference
speakers will focus on the complex interplay between memory, culture and
social hierarchy during different historical periods, in which the idea
of French nationhood has been a major but by no means the only center of
gravity.

Keynote speakers

Malcolm Bowie (Christ's College, Cambridge)
Nelly Furman (Cornell University)
Lawrence D. Kritzman (Dartmouth College)

Possible Topics
(other proposals will also be considered):

· Gender, Marginalized Sexualities, the "Other"(e.g. the Woman,
the Homosexual, the Jew) in the Construction of French Cultural and
National Consciousness Throughout History.

· The Museum as Locus of Cultural Memory and a Place for Redressing the
Past : e.g. the Creation of Holocaust Museums, Museums of Immigration, of
Colonization, etc.

· Memory and War: e.g. Recent "Grande Guerre" Memorials and New
Museums for Peace; 80th Anniversary of the Armistice, 50th Anniversary of
D-Day; Memory and the Algerian War, etc.

· Archives of Cultural Memory, Marginalia and Ephemera: e.g. from
the Archives Nationales to the Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale
Contemporaine (BDIC).

· Historiographical Revisions, Changing Conceptions and
Reinterpretations of Key Periods in French History: e.g. Centennial and
Bi-centennial Celebrations of the French Revolution and Other Watershed
Moments of French History.

· Comparative Perspectives on Cultural Memory: e.g. Case studies
in France Compared with Other Nations, Paris Compared to other National
Capitals.

· Memory and the City: e.g. Conserving Urban Memories, the City as
Text.

· Region and Nation: Centralization and Marginalization, Paris and
The provinces, Memory as a Regionally Bound Artefact, Marginalized Memories
Of Regions and the Centralized Nation-State Memory, Conservation of
Regional Memory, Regional Linguistic Identities, the Perception of Paris in the
Regions in Past and Present.

· France and Europe: e.g. French Cultural Memory as Distinct (or
not) from a larger European Cultural Memory, The Influence of Cultural
Memory on Racial and Social Diversity within a Larger European Background.

Deadline for submission of proposals: March 15, 2003. Abstracts of circa
300 words should be included with proposals for papers. Proposals for panels
(with rationale of 300-500 words) are also welcome.

The conference will result in a volume of essays drawn from the
proceedings.

Enquiries and proposals should be directed to the conference organizers:

Dr Aimée Boutin, aboutin@mailer.fsu.edu, 850 644 8398
Dr Alec G. Hargreaves, Ahargrea@mailer.fsu.edu, 850 644 8559
Dr Reinier Leushuis, rleushui@mailer.fsu.edu, 850 644 8179
Dr Lori Walters, lwalters@mailer.fsu.edu, 850 644 8301
or the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone
Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1515,
icffs@mailer.fsu.edu
telephone 850 644 7636, fax 850 644 9917, http://www.fsu.edu/~icffs


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