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Memories of the Civil Wars
Memories of the Civil Wars

Tue, Jun 11


University campus of Cholet

Memories of the Civil Wars

Colloquium on Tuesday June 11 and Wednesday June 12, 2019 University campus of Cholet What creates a memory? This symposium questions the traces, transmissions, filiations, legacies, linked to violent civil events, from the 16th to the 20th century in France.

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Jun 11, 2019, 9:00 AM – Jun 12, 2019, 5:30 PM

University campus of Cholet, 2 Boulevard Pierre Lecoq, 49300 Cholet, France

À propos de l'événement

Historical events have left their deep traces in local or regional history, without, for all that, France integrating them fully into its “national” history. Communities can thus have the feeling of being "forgotten" in the history of France. This symposium aims to provide an assessment of this particular relationship between history and memories, between "duty of memory" and the need to forget, "resentment of memory" and "construction of the Nation".


Civil war and duty of memory

Sébastien Ledoux - Doctor in contemporary history, Teacher at Sciences Po Paris

Construction of memories of religious conflicts in France, 16th-19th century

- Role and use of memoirs of the civil wars of the 16th century at the time of the revival of the Wars of Religion of the 1620s by the Mercure François

Virginie Ceirdera - Doctor in modern history, University of Provence Aix-Marseille

- When memory splits: commemoration and denunciation of the Toulouse religious wars under the Second Empire (1862)

Maïté Recasens - PhD student in modern history, University of Toulouse 2 - Jean Jaurès

Revolutionary and counter-revolutionary memoirs, in France, in Europe and in the colonies, 18th-19th century

- From Santo Domingo to Haiti: Memories of the War of Independence (1804-first 20th century)

Vincent Cousseau - Lecturer in modern history, University of Limoges

- Memories of the war of Guadeloupe

Frédéric Régent - Lecturer authorized to direct research in modern history, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, President of the National Committee for the Memory and History of Slavery

- Carlist war and counter-revolutionary networks

Alexandre Dupont - Lecturer in contemporary history, University of Strasbourg

- Memoirs of the Second Carlist War, from the plot of daily life to the publication of Memorias: an analysis of the writing practices of Maria de las Nieves de Braganza y de Borbon

Guilhem Chauvet - PhD student in contemporary history, University of Clermont Auvergne

Revolutionary and counter-revolutionary memoirs, in France

- Permanence and renewal of the practices of transmission of Vendée memory, the example of family heirlooms entrusted to museums

Éric Morin – Curator of the Museums of Cholet

- Monuments of the Revolutionary War on French territory (1794-1914)

Hugues Marquis - Doctor of History, University of Poitiers

- The novel of the Republican West in the 19th century: a counter-memory of the Vendée war?

Jaroslav Stanovsky - PhD student in literature, Paris-Est University, Masaryk University of Brno (Czech Republic)

- Between pilgrimage and memorial tourism in the 19th century, the Loire and the tomb of Bonchamps

Marc-Édouard Gautier - Curator of Heritage Funds, Deputy Director of the Municipal Library of Angers

- Archaeo-anthropology of the Battle of Le Mans (December 1793), the memory of bones

Elodie Cabot - Archaeologist, anthropologist, INRAP-UMR 7268, Expert at the Court of Appeal of Rennes (G-01.02- Anthropology of identification / G-02.02- Anthropology)

Today, uses and issues of memories

- The diversity of memorial traces of serious conflicts in France: summary attempt and perspectives

Philippe Joutard - Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Provence Aix-Marseille

- War of Vendée, war of Algeria, shared and painful paradoxes of memories of civil wars

Pierre Serna - Professor of History of the French Revolution and the Empire, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

- Anthropological approach to events in New Caledonia (1984-1988): discrepancies in memories between political bipartition and common vision of the country

Benoît Carteron - Ethnologist, lecturer, Western Catholic University, Angers

- Photography to counter hatred: You will hate your neighbor by Gilles Peress

Anouk Bertaux - PhD student in art history, University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour

Scientific Conclusions

Jean-Clément Martin - Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


  • Memory of the civil wars

    We are happy to have you with us at this symposium. Do not hesitate to consult the detailed program on the Rings of Memory website. Pleased to welcome you,

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