The Centre for Interpretation of Industrial Risks (CIRI) will hold an international scientific conference in March 9-11 2006 at Billy-Montigny (France), one hundred years after the so-called Courrières explosion of March 10, 1906, on the very place where it happened.
The conference will be part of a larger commemorative program, centred around Mericourt pit (the burial place of the 272 unidentified victims of the explosion), shaft number 2 at Billy-Montigny (though with the thirteen survivors escaped), and the "survivors circuit" between the two sites. From a scientific point of view, this conference will begin officially the work of the CIRI.
The program of the conference will include an analysis of the tragedy, as well as more general multifield considerations on industrial risks and catastrophes. Investigations will start with the context of the local explosion in all its dimensions. The second objet of study will be the event itself. Next, we shall study the reactions.
Propositions for papers should not exceed one page and should bear the name and professional affiliation. They can be mailed until April 30, 2005 to the e-mail address provided below.
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