CONF : Colloque “Transition, Displacement and Circulation of Objects: Visible and Unseen” — Vendredi 21 février 2020, Université Paris Nanterre

Colloque organisé par Michele Baussant, Julia Lerner, Sofia Tchouikina, Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique (UMR 7220, CNRS, Université Paris Nanterre, ENS Cachan)

Salle de conférence Max Weber, Bâtiment Max Weber, Université Paris Nanterre

This colloquium aims to inquire into the meanings ascribed to, and produced by, the material objects in course of their travel, displacement, circulation, transition in time and space. We suggest to discuss the phenomenology of transitional objects and their performative power; to understand how the meanings of these objects are anchored in their materiality and visibility, how they are communicated by the historical references they evoke, and tightened with the identity of communities that see or ignore them.


(Maison Max Weber, rez-de chaussée, salle des conférences)

Part I: A Memory Cartography of Vanished Social Spaces and Daily Lives

10:00 – 12:30

Discutant: Michele Baussant (CNRS, ISP)

Tamar Rapoport (Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Humboldt University Berlin) and Peter Carrier (Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research), Watching and Noticing Stumbling Stones

Eliza Frenkel (Ben Gurion University of the Negev),  Installing contested memory: (In)visible commemoration of the Stalinist terror in post-Soviet Russia through the” last known address”

Ksenia Pimenova (FNRS / ULB, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains), To show or to hide? Repatriation, recontextualization and scopic regimes for human remains in museums  

Lunch Break


Jackie Feldman (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), The Shoah Survivor as lieu de mémoire? Material witness in a digital age

Sofia Tchouikina, (Université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint-Denis and ISP), Letters from Soviet prison camps : from family memory object to a museum exhibit 

Coffee Break

Part II: The double meaning of the “object” in researches

15:30-18 :00

Maria Couroucli (CNRS/IIAC), Flag, relic, shroud and procession. The domestication of the Athens Polytechnic commemorations

Johana Wyss (Academie tchèque des sciences and Max Planck Institute), Caring for the Left Behind: German Parcel to Czechoslovakia

Irène dos Santos (CNRS/Urmis), Document d’identité d’un exilé de l’empire portugais

Fabienne Wateau (CNRS/LESC), Muret de pierre et pierre de muret : pillage, mémoire et souvenir du village noyé

Miguel Rodriguez-Lizana (Paris Nanterre/LESC), Le Seigneur de Chalma à Milpa Alta (Mexique) : un saint sans parole, un pèlerin caché sous la lumière

Julia Lerner (Ben Gurion University of the Negev and ISP), Objects as words, words as objects: Insight from research on migration and relationships