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CALL FOR PAPERS – A crisis in ‘coming to terms with the past’?

Call for Papers A crisis in ‘coming to terms with the past’? At the crossroads of translation and memory 1-2 February 2019 Senate House, London Over the past decade, a particular notion of ‘coming to terms with the past’, usually associated with an international liberal consensus, has increasingly been challenged. Growing in strength since the 1980s, this consensus has been underpinned by the idea that difficult historical legacies, displaced into the present, and persisting as patterns of thought, speech and behaviour, needed to be addressed through a range of phenomena such as transitional justice, reconciliation, and the forging of shared narratives to ensure social cohesion and shore up democratic norms. Such official and international memory practices tended to privilege top-down cosmopolitan memory in an attempt to counter the bottom-up, still antagonistic memories associated with supposedly excessive effusions of nationalism. In a context of the global rise of populist nationalisms and of uncertainty linked by some politicians to migration, this tendency is increasingly being challenged, capitalizing on populist memory practices evident since the 1980s and creating what might be seen as a crisis in this liberal approach to ‘coming to terms with the past’. Yet rather than rejecting a politics based […]

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La bataille de Dakar, 23-25 septembre 1940

En 2017, les descendants de Pierre Boisson ont remis en don aux Archives nationales d’outre-mer des papiers personnels provenant de l’ancien haut-commissaire de l’Afrique française. Ce fonds, disparate, contient une abondante correspondance privée, des papiers administratifs ainsi que des photographies. Cet ensemble complète le fonds déjà présent aux ANOM sous la cote 30APC, constitué de documents rassemblés par Pierre Boisson lui-même afin d’assurer sa défense devant la Haute Cour de justice en 1948. Cet ensemble exceptionnel permet d’évoquer un épisode méconnu de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale : la bataille de Dakar, qui eut lieu du 23 au 25 septembre 1940, et qui opposa d’un côté les Forces françaises libres (FFL) du général de Gaulle et les forces britanniques, de l’autre les forces fidèles à Vichy dirigées par le gouverneur Boisson. Cet épisode marqua profondément les destins de Boisson et du général de Gaulle. Read more. Article originally published on Archives Nationales.

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