Oral History Network Seminar. Is France sick of its past? The political impact of the memory of the Algerian war on young people. Paul Max Morin

The next Oral History Network seminar will take place online on Wednesday 25 May @1pm.

Paul Max Morin will give a paper entitled “Is France sick of its past? The political impact of the memory of the Algerian war on young people”.

If you would like to attend, please register via this link.

ABSTRACT: In France, the difficult access to sources on the Algerian war (1954 – 1962) has forced historians to seek for alternative sources to report about the past (until the 90s). Oral history then became a primary source to understand the colonial past and the war. Memories and experiences by former actors took a central position in research, families and the public space. For decades, transmission of this specific past took the form of a ‘rich undergrowth of non-official memories’ (Eldgridge, 2016). Based on a study of 3 000 young people and 75 interviews, this paper presents the content, shape and mechanisms of oral transmission in the intimacy of families three generations after the war.

BIO: Paul Max MORIN is a doctor in political science (Sciences Po, Cévipof). His research focuses on the political implications of postcolonial memory among French youth. He is the author of Les jeunes et la guerre d’Algérie (PUF 2022) and the podcast Sauce Algérienne (Spotify Originals 2022).

Date

25 May 2022

Time

1:00 pm
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