The terrorist attacks that hit France in January and November 2015 produced strong media coverage both in traditional and digital media.
Social networks’ action as relay of the national emotion during those events was particularly omnipresent. The web and Twitter archiving realised by the National Audiovisual Institute (Ina) and the French national library (BnF) allowed to save part of digital traces and social reactions to these tragic events.
Digital reactions, but also offline reactions were archived such as thousand of messages and offerings dropped on spontaneous memorials, sites of trauma and gathering points like place de la République in Paris. They were saved thanks to various collects supervised by municipal archives.
Since then, those traces ‘soon-to-be’ archives open new perspectives for the study of traumatic events, of their impact and theirs consequences, on an individual and collective scale. But they also raise issues about archiving practices, reaching from data collecting to their use.
Ange Aniesa, Zeynep Pehlivan and Valérie Schafer will discuss Web and Twitter archiving practices. Maëlle Bazin will talk about perspectives on grassroots memorials and their collects. Claire Sécail will introduce the SENSI-TV interdisciplinary program dedicated to the televisual reception of the attacks. This roundtable will focus on the archiving of social reactions on a long-term perspective and invite researchers to rethink methodological and epistemological approaches.
The French artist and photographer Férial will introduce her book No more, nos morts after the round table. She photographed Paris after the terrorist events:
“I am am practicing fine arts and my first reaction was to canalize my emotion with my photographic glance. A difficult and emotional context at the same time; the need to communicate a strange feeling and the implosion of a society that thought itself to be invincible.”
Through France’s legal deposit for radio and television, Ina has been collecting programmes from all French Hertzian broadcasters since 1995, and from the main cable and satellite channels since 2002; in figures: 88 television channels and 17 radio stations, 800,000 hours of programmes collected every year, 5,000people accredited at the BnF Consultation Centre, 7,600websites picked up through Legal Deposit
"Not your Mama’s Movement"
(in French: "De Paris a Ferguson : coupables d'être noirs"), 2015
My name is Rokhaya Diallo, and I am a French Activist and Journalist
who hasbeen fighting for racial, gender and religious equality. In
2005, the deaths of two innocent French young men of color, Zyed
Benna and Bouna Traoré, inspired my stand against the racial
oppression plaguing French society. Dissimilar to the United States,
the victims of French police brutality are sorely neglected by the
media and unnoticed on a global scale. I am committed to changing
this. In the U.S, the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's murderer, and
the failure to holdwhite policemen responsible for the deaths of
Michael Brown and Eric Garner triggered indignation across America.
The ensuing demonstrations ushered in a new generation of Black
activists. Mobilizing behind the #BlackLivesMatter campaign,
social networks have become the battleground for challenging power
structures, policies, prejudices and attitudes.
Viewing America's racial turmoil from a foreign lens, I wanted to
meet these new emblematic leaders of the African American community.
Traveling to Ferguson for the anniversary of Mike Brown's death,
I was introduced by American activist Rahiel Tesfamariam, founder
of Urban Cusp, to the leaders of Hands Up United and other
torchbearers for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Together we drew
parallels between the racial struggles in the U.S. and France and
devised visionary solutions to ameliorate the global Black
Shelley Stamp is the author of Movie-Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture after the Nickelodeon and Lois Weber in Early Hollywood, winner of the Michael Nelson Prize from the International Association for Media and History and the Richard Wall Special Jury Prize from the Theatre Library Association. She is currently curating the DVD box set Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers for Kino-Lorber and co-writing Women and the Silent Screen in America with Anne Morey. A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Stamp’s expert commentary is featured on DVD releases of several silent films, most recently Lois Weber’s Shoes. In 2012 she co-curated the first retrospective of Weber’s work for Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy. She is Professor of Film & Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she won the Excellence in Teaching Award.