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Workshop: "Traumatic Spaces: Mass Graves in Post-Revolutionary France," by Ronen Steinberg, Michigan State University

Mon, September 30, 2013 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Ronen Steinberg, IHS Fellow and Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University, is currently working on a book manuscript entitled "The Afterlives of the Terror: Dealing with the Legacies of Violence in Post-Revolutionary France." His research interests are in the history of violence, transitional justice, and social theory.

"In 1795, a year after the Reign of Terror," writes Prof. Steinberg,"a deputy in the National Convention proposed to construct in Paris an expiatory altar that would express the regrets of the Nation for the violence of the French Revolution. His proposal was rejected. By the 1830s, many such monuments were dotting the French landscape, most of them constructed on mass graves of victims of the Terror. This chapter examines what these physical sites meant to those involved in their creation and maintenance, and how these meanings changed over time. I am particularly interested in thinking about how, if at all, the Revolution changed the way space was consumed and interpreted and whether the concept of trauma is helpful in the analysis of these sites. The chapter is part of a book in progress on the legacies of mass violence in post-revolutionary France."

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Kenneth Loiselle, Assistant Professor of History, Trinity University.
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Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated please email Courtney Meador by 9 a.m., Friday, Sep. 27.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History and CES

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