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Citizens, history, and heritage

Regular session
9:00 AM, Saturday 28 May 2022 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Break (copy)   10:30 AM to 11:00 AM (30 minutes)

Since the 19th century, citizens grouped within different types of associations, from the learned society to the friends of heritage, have been interested in local history and, by extension, in the traces of these on the territory. This citizen contribution is expressed in many ways. First of all,  while such historical society groupings have a venerable past, their proliferation and their commitment to defend the archives, to showcase local history, and to preserve heritage make them a significant contemporary cultural phenomenon. It should also be noted that the associative field is remarkable for its diversity, both in terms of the motivation of its members and the actions deployed collectively. Finally, and just as interesting, there is an abundance of citizens’ groups, often formed around specific heritage issues. If some of these associations have a short life span (the mortality rate of associations is indeed quite high), others develop and pursue a perennial activity. Together, they help to create living, rooted communities. Papers may be submitted on two complementary lines of research. The first may focus on the historical evolution of the phenomenon and the second can address current issues.


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