Memory and society: a vast undertaking
The main support of the inventiveness this site promotes, this section emphasizes the innovative studies currently underway on one hand and also proposes kits for conducting surveys on the other. These kits include projective tests to be self-administered, a small guide to the study of local controversies, and manuals for conducting sociological happenings.
Memory: what for ?
In this section, a series of short texts explore the commonalities identified, in order to challenge them. Some take the form of editorial pieces reacting to recent media or academic publications, to provide critical perspective on them.
The social sciences of memory
This section presents completed scientific studies that are representative of the critical perspective of this site. The synthesis proposed here is based on the canons of scientific research but is open to dialogue with readers outside academia – it is therefore clear and simple for all.
How can we learn lessons from the past?
Several authors appear to us to be particularly important in nourishing our perspective, either because their texts have become references on these questions, or because they present stimulating oversights. We let them speak here, within a uniform and relatively short framework, in both written and video form.
Re-readings and discoveries
To contribute to an analysis of the object as an ordinary object of social sciences, based on common tools, this section puts forward resume texts as well as bibliographic references, taken not just (not even primarily) from the literature on memory but social science literature more generally. These detours seem to us to be beneficial in seeing our object from another perspective and therefore differently. This is important given that the analysis of this object today remains a victim of tautological referencing.
The words of memory
Built on the model of a dictionary, this section provides definitions for the main terms used to conduct (and analyse) memory policies and their effects.