The legacy of the Algerian war, between History, Memory and Representations

On the occasion of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the "Evian Accords" that put an end to the Franco-Algerian conflict, FIU organizes an international symposium on the Algerian War legacy. More than 15 researchers coming from American and French universities will discuss, for two days in conferences, the legacy of the Algerian War in France and in Europe. Finally, the FROST Museum organizes a special projection of the documentary " Le puits/El Bi’r " (2010).

  • An International Symposium

The conference will interrogate the legacy of the Algerian War 50 years hence. The Algerian War has become the embodiment of colonial conflicts as it appears in the movie by Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (1966). Through Pontecorvo’s film, the Algerian war permanently represents the event of the war, the violence of colonialism and anti-colonial struggles in general.


It is not only the War of Algerian or French people, but has also become a symbol, maybe a myth, allowing for reflection and discussion on anticolonial struggles. As outlined by French historian, Benjamin Stora, there is a resistance to acknowledge that the Algerian War – as other wars in the history of independent movements − has only a bilateral history, imposing the need to revisit memory of the events as well as a rigid writing of history as informed by national borders. Perhaps the work of fiction could help by displacing borders of historical discourse as reinforcing nations.

  • Program:

- Day One - Thursday, March 22

Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Program begins at 1 p.m.
4 p.m. – Réda Bensmaïa, Brown University : “A Specter Haunts France: the Algerian War”
Keynote Speaker, MARC Pavilion
6 p.m. – Documentary: Le puits/El Bi’r (2010)
Introduction by Film Director, Béatrice Dubell
Reception and Screening, Frost Museum

- Day Two - Friday, March 23

Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
Program begins at 9 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – Martin Evans, University of Portsmouth
“Revolutionary Beacon: The Legacy of the Algerian War in Europe and Beyond”
Keynote Speaker, MARC Pavilion

For information, call 305-348-2851 or email
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Last modified on 15/03/2012

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