25 février 2011
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Views on the Commune of 1871 in France. New approaches and prospects.

Narbonne (Aude, France), City Hall – former Archbishop’s Palace March 24-26, 2011

International Conference co-organised by the Centre de Recherche Espaces, Sociétés, Culture (CRESC, EA 2356, University of Paris 13), the Commission Archéologique et Littéraire of Narbonne (CALN) and the Institut d’Histoire Sociale (IHS) – CGT of Aude.

For the 140th anniversary of the Commune of 1871, an important conference with researchers from all over the world will be held from 24 to 26 March 2011. Entitled «Views on the Commune of 1871 in France. New approaches and prospects», it means to bring forward the new works and original paths of research relating to The Commune of Paris, the Communes of the Province and the movements around The Commune which developed in France in 1871. This international symposium is the result of a unique collaboration between Paris 13-PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité, a university of Ile-de-France (Paris area) and the research laboratory CRESC, the CALN, a learned institute created in 1833 and ISH-CGT, a militant institute of social history. It will be held in the town of Narbonne, which, in March 1871, witnessed the proclamation of a Commune.

The choice of Narbonne meets the required objective: 40 years after the international Symposium organized in 1971 for the centenary of The Commune, researchers’ views on the Commune have changed. Holding this conference in Narbonne instead of Paris is also a symbolic way to insist on those changes: a greater attention will be given to provincial France, to the legacy left between 1848 and 1871, to the national dimension of the different «Communes». This symposium will be an opportunity to highlight new research carried out on the anonymous actors of the Commune, the life in the different town districts, law and order, violence and the army, the cultural representations, the links between individual stories and collective history and eventually, the tensions between history and memory.

The members of the Scientific Committee of the conference and the speakers’ national as well as international fame turns this event into a powerful moment in this 140th anniversary; not only will speeches be delivered by nationally renowned and world-famous historians, but also by outstanding young researchers.

Finally – and this is what makes it original – this event, of a very high scientific level, is open to the public, who is invited to attend non only the lectures but also the events organised on that occasion. An exhibition called «The Commune of 1871», organised thanks to the archives of the department Aude and the city of Narbonne will be inaugurated on Wednesday 23 March at the City Hall.

Lectures will be held in the two magnificent Synods’ Room and Consuls’ Rooms in the Archbishop’s Palace, now the City Hall, where the «Commune of Narbonne» was proclaimed on 24 March 1871.