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UCL signs agreement with Institut Français
5 August 2013
The European Institute curates the launch season 2013-14 of the new collaborative scheme, under the title In Place(s) of Memory.
We are delighted to announce that UCL and the Institut Français signed an agreement in July to collaborate on a series of workshops focusing on arts and humanities which will be run at UCL over a period of three years. The workshops aim to build on existing, and explore new, links between UCL and French academic and research organisations and to establish new directions for possible research collaborations.
Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost (International) and Professor Peter Delves, Pro-Provost for Europe and Central Asia, were delighted to work with Hélène Zajdela-Insel, Attachée de Coopération Universitaire at the Institut Français, in concluding the agreement. Both the Institut Français and UCL will contribute funding for the workshop series.
A Workshop Panel, with representatives from both UCL and the Institut Français, will each year invite researchers to make proposals for organising workshops. From 2014-2015 there will be three workshops each year, with each workshop based around approximately 6 to 8 participants, including approximately 2 to 3 French academics. A formal call for proposals for 2014-2015 will go out later this year. For further details please contact Professor Delves (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Launch Season: In Place(s) of Memory
The European Institute is curating the first season to take place under this agreement. Under the title ‘In Place(s) of Memory’, the season has an interdisciplinary focus and, foreshadowing the upcoming centenary of WWI, aims to offer an intellectual platform for established scholars, early career academics, and the wider public on history, memory, and commemoration.
The season will comprise a two-day colloquium in October 2013, and two joint lectures given by UCL and French scholars, each with associated PhD workshops, in Term 2 (January-March 2014).
The colloquium will run on October 23 and 24 2013. The first day will comprise a study visit to UCL host departments by the participating French academics, as well as a high-profile public panel discussion with French, German and UK speakers, chaired by Professor Mary Fulbrook, Director of the European Institute and Dean, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences at UCL. This is followed by a full-day conference comprising several panels with UCL academics and their French colleagues.
The joint lectures will be held respectively by Prof Catherine Hall (UCL History) and Prof Myriam Cottias (CNRS) on European legacies of slave-ownership; and by Prof Michael Berkowitz (UCL Jewish and Hebrew) and Prof Delphine Bechtel (CNRS) on realism, fiction and local memory politics in post-WWII Eastern Europe.
Under discussion during this launch season will be the long-standing tradition (promulgated inter alia by French scholars Maurice Halbwachs or Pierre Nora) of setting up a distinction between history’s putatively rationalised long-term view of the past and a notion of collective memory as providing an immediate connection with the past. The programme will address a wide variety of topics and may includethe legal and diplomatic implications of recent European "memory laws"; the cultures and politics of heritage sites and conservation; literary, autobiographical or audiovisual negotiations of memory; or discussions of witness accounts and intergenerational transmission of war memories.
Further details will be announced soon. Should you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.