This conference is organised by Sciences Po Bordeaux, in conjunction with the Institut d’histoire du temps présent (the Institute of Contemporary History, a Research Unit of the National Centre for Scientific Research-CNRS) and the Universities of Bordeaux III and Paris I-La Sorbonne.
Prof. Françoise Taliano-Des Garets, Professor of Contemporary History at Sciences Po Bordeaux.
Prof. Pascal Ory, Professor of Contemporary History at Paris I-La Sorbonne.
Presentations may be in French or English.
We advocate the study of leading cities, which were the centres of political and economic power at the time and in which cultural facilities were concentrated. The emphasis should be placed on France—to the exclusion of Paris, but including Algeria, the French colonies and protectorates. The various zones of the French territory (the annexed zone, the occupied zone, the North, the forbidden zone, the Italian zone, the French zone…) should be taken into account. In addition, we encourage comparisons with a few foreign cities in other occupied countries.
In order to avoid the succession of disconnected monographs, we welcome regional studies, as well as work that compares two or more cities, providing either a comprehensive or a more specific comparison.
The year 1940 marks the conventional starting point of the period under study, while the end of it, loosely defined as the Liberation, depends on local situations.
Papers are invited on the three main themes of the conference:
1- Urban cultural life in wartime.
2- Urban culture and politics during the Occupation.
3- Urban cultures faced with the choice of breaking with the Occupation period or remembering it.
Paper proposals (of no more than one page, in French or in English) should be submitted to Françoise Taliano-des Garets (email@example.com) by May 31st, 2009. They should include your name, institutional affiliation and contact information, as well as a list of your recent publications.
Notification of the organisers’ decision will be made by July 30th, 2009.
The conference will take place at Sciences Po Bordeaux 2-3/12/2010
Françoise Taliano-des Garets
Université de Bordeaux
Sciences Po Bordeaux
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