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Collective Memory

Units : Center for Social and Cultural Psychology | ULB103

Description :

Initiated by Halbwachs (1925, 1950) and Bartlett (1932), the interest for collective memory have recently been revived (Middleton
and Edwards, 1997; Penebaker, Paez, and Rimé, 1997; Haas and Jodelet, 1999). Collective memory contributes to fashioning group
identity. It is therefore of crucial social and political importance. Memory is likely to be distorted in order to serve
identity-related needs (Baumeister, 1997). The history of Belgian colonial action is a highgly relevant in this regard in view of the public
controversies that have surrounded Belgian colonial action in Congo. We study how this history is reconstructed in the discourse
of former colonials and colonised by focusing on the identity-related dynamics governing those accounts. 

List of persons in charge :

  • KLEIN Olivier

  • LICATA Laurent

List of lessors :

  • Financement de base institutionnel