Archiving the 2015 Paris attacks: small traces and grassroots witnessing
A roundtable organized in partnership with the French Society for Media History (SPHM)
Chair : Cécile Méadel (IFP, Carism, University Paris 2)
- Maëlle Bazin (IFP, Carism, University Paris 2)
- Guillaume Nahon (Archives of Paris) [to be confirmed]
- Zeynep Pehlivan (Ina)
- Valérie Schafer (ISCC, CNRS/Paris-Sorbonne/UPMC)
- Claire Sécail (IRISSO, CNRS et University Paris Dauphine)
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.
Zeynep Pehlivan and Valérie Schafer will discuss Web and Twitter archiving practices. Guillaume Nahon and 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.
A visit of the audiovisual national institute INA will be organised (in English).
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
More details coming soon.
MICHAEL NELSON PRIZE WINNER
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.