Keynote address: (open to the public)
Shared Memories, Contested Memories and Historical Silences:
A Theoretical Introduction with Examples from France and Israel
Within the framework of the International Workshop Shared Memories, Contested Memories and Historical Silences: Comparison between Turkey, Israel and the Balkans
The question that I would like to address is: Having taken into consideration the various theories of collective memory, do we need a separate theory of collective silence and forgetting? My answer is "no," with some reservations. In order to explain my position, I begin by briefly outlining the history of collective memory theories. Then, in a more detailed manner, I pursue theories of collective forgetting. To illustrate my point I conclude with some examples from the historiographical traditions of France and Israel, notably the narrative of the emergence of a national identity.