Should particular categories of people in society – the Jews, the Armenians, the descendants of African slaves, etc. – be given protected status in certain special circumstances by each being granted the satisfaction of a legal memorial act which they might well have good reasons to demand? Should it be up to political authorities to define historical verities concerning certain traumatic events of the past in order to preserve, through the threat of criminal sanctions, the collective memory? Is there not a risk that in so doing conflicts of memories will be stirred up? These are some of the crucial, and very contemporary, questions tackled by La concurrence mémorielle (Memorial Competitions) (1), a collective work edited by Geoffrey Grandjean and Jérôme Jamin.
(1) Grandjean G., Jamin J. (dir), La concurrence mémorielle, Ed. Armand Collin, Coll. Recherches, 2011