The Liberation of France: Histories and Memories

The Liberation of France: Histories and Memories on 13-14 June 2014, London

Welcome to the conference website for the International Conference on the Liberation of France: Histories and Memories which will take place in London on 13-14 June 2014This conference commemorates the 70th anniversary of the French Liberation, when invading armies were driven from French soil and the Republic was re-established, and it follows on from previous conferences marking the 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of 1944.

The conference  will showcase new research on the history, representation and memory of the Liberation by research students, postdoctoral students, early career scholars and more established academics and bring together fascinating perspectives from witnesses, their children and grandchildren. These encounters will be enriched by their international dimension (British, French, American and Israeli) and their interdisciplinary nature, involving historians but also specialists of literature, photography and cinema. Furthermore, we will also be using film, photography and other medias to give more texture to the events of 1944. In doing so, we hope to address a broader audience interested in questions of history and memory of the Liberation.

To register for this event, please CLICK HERE

In connection with the June 2014 Conference, we are organising a series of events and projects:

– a blog with regular posts on issues surrounding the Liberation of France

– a film series in June 2014

– a virtual photograph exhibition on photographs of the liberation found on Flickr.

The conference commemoration is supported by a wide range of bodies whose generosity is warmly acknowledged: the Institut Français in London, the Institut Français in Paris, the Maison Française d’Oxford (MFO), the Modern European History Research Centre of the University of Oxford,  the University of Bath, the Society for the Study of French History, the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, Royal Historical Society and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

We invite you to explore this site for more information.

(Cover Photograph attributed to this Flickr photo: