Memories of the decolonization (collection of oral archives)

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Memories of the decolonization (collection of oral archives)

The objective is to deepen and renew the scientific analysis of the connection between colonization and post-colonization by focusing not on immigration (the former colonized who immigrates to the former colonizer), but on cooperation. Cooperation refers to the men and women from the colonizing power who provide their savoir-faire in order to develop the former colony, a new nation-state. The goal is to understand who these French cooperation specialists were. Motivated by diverse factors, they arrived in larger numbers, starting in the autumn of 1962, first in Algeria, then in Morocco and Tunisia, despite the traumatism of war.
Enlarging the recent collections principally centered on university milieus, the project seeks to create new oral archives based on new testimonies from individuals of other socio-professional categories who brought cooperation to the Maghreb. The project is inscribed both in the framework of the BDIC’s 20th century oral archives and of the ISP’s research on issues of collective memory. Public seminars will allow the interactive presentation with the public of these collections, with their access provided by the BDIC, as well as the collection of data pertinent to their reception.

Project leader
Valérie TESNIÈRE, curator general of libraries, directress of the Library of Contemporary International Documentation (BDIC)

Internal cluster partners
Library of Contemporary International Documentation (BDIC);
Institute for Social Sciences of Politics (ISP);
Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (LESC)

Associated partners
Ministry of Culture and Communication;
Scientific Interest Group “Heritage institutions and intercultural practices” (GIS Ipapic)

Duration: 2 years

June 06 2014

The BDIC and the ISP organize a seminar, within the framework of the Archicoop research program, on June 6th, 2014, at the BDIC. Its theme will be "Intercultural experiences and life trajectories. The French volunteers in Algeria". The Pasts in the Present cluster is associated to this seminar, in the context of the project "Memories of decolonization".

The programme is available on the project's webpage. For more information, please visit the BDIC's website.

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