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18:30 - 21:00 11 December 2013

Institut Français-UCL: In Place(s) of Memory


Pearson G22 LT | UCL Pearson Building
WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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François Guesnet, Chair, is Reader in Modern Jewish History at UCL. Before joining UCL, he held fellowships at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Pennsylvania, UCL, and Oxford University. He was part of the team establishing the Simon-Dubnow-Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Leipzig and held a Visiting Professorship at the University of Potsdam. His current research covers 18th and 19th c. Jewish intercession in Europe, Jewish self-government in Poland from its inception until the present, and anti-semitism in Eastern Central Europe after 1989.
Prof Mary Fulbrook, FBA, is Professor of German History at UCL, Director of the European Institute and Dean of Social and Historical Sciences. Her research focuses above all on the twentieth-century German dictatorships, Europe after the Holocaust, and historiography and social theory. A former Chair of the German History Society and member of the Advisory Board of the German Historical Institute London, Mary is a member of the Council of the British Academy and of the Advisory Boards of the Memorial Foundation for the former concentration camps of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora, and the Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung.
Prof Dorothee Wierling, is a historian and currently Director of the Research Centre for Contemporary History in Hamburg (FZH) has worked, among others, on witnesses, oral history and the transgenerational transmission of traumatic war experiences with regard to Hamburg’s “Feuersturm”. She is currently Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor researching at the German Historical Institute and teaching at the London School of Economics
Prof Olivier Wieviorka, Professor of Contemporary History at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and also teaches at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. Among his most recent publication is Divided Memory: French Recollections of World War II from the Liberation to the Present (Stanford University Press, 2012).

The Institut Français in London and University College London are initiating a new 3-year cooperation in order to strengthen research links between UCL and colleagues from French universities. UCL's European Institute is curating the first season under this new agreement under the theme of "In Place(s) of Memory”.

We will launch the season with a high-profile public panel discussion. With the centenary year of WWI looming, it will be an occasion to revisit the long-standing tradition -proposed most prominently by French scholars Maurice Halbwachs and Pierre Nora- that distinguishes history’s putatively rationalised long-term view of the past from the immediate connection with it that collective memory seems to promise. On this occasion, panelists will particularly scrutinize the role of witness accounts, survivor testimony and intergenerational transmission.

Followed by a reception in the Flaxman Gallery of the UCL Library.


Uta Staiger


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