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DocAsie Seminar

The Archival City – Chiang-Mai team participates in the DocAsie annual seminar. The theme of the 2021 seminar is the development and funding of Asian collections.
Nathalie Lancret, Pijika Pumketkao and Pascal Fort will present their work with a presentation entitled : Archival city, Documenter la ville ordinaire de l’Asie du Sud-est : Etude de cas de Chiang Mai.

link to the program and online registration

Core-Team Meeting. November 2020

On Friday 20 November a new Core-Team meeting was held. This session provided an opportunity to discuss the numerous meetings between archivist Elsa Camus and the local teams in Quito and Chiang Mai on the description and standardisation of data resulting from the work of researchers.
Several seminars will be organised at the end of the year and at the beginning of 2021.
The Archival City team has also decided to open a new line of research around urban pollution archives, following the previous seminar.

A new doctoral seminar on street archives

Seminar cancelled and rescheduled at a later date

Archival City and the group Usages de l’Histoire et devenirs urbains from the Labex Futurs Urbains are co-organizing a seminar entitled « Archives de la rue. Autour de la constitution de corpus d’études sur la voirie » with Paul Lesieur (PhD student in contemporary history, ACP – UGE) and Louis Baldasseroni (Maître de conférence in contemporary history, University of Nîmes).

The seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 4-6 pm, at the University Gustave Eiffel, Bois de l’Etang, Building C, room C 219.

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Video recording of the seminar « Inventer le Grand Paris »

The Archival City team working on the Grand Paris was present at the seminar « Inventer le Grand Paris », on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Presentations and debates were recorded.

The first part is an introduction by Loic Vadelorge presenting the Archival City project and the issues specific to the field of Grand Paris.

The second part is a presentation of the Seine 54 project by Frédéric Moret, Paul Lecat and Emile Blettery.

Finally, Loic Vadelorge, Renaud Fuchs, Elsa Camus, Emmanuel Bellanger, Paul Lesieur presented the first progress of the administrative directories project.

Workshop « Actualité de la recherche sur les mondes coloniaux »

Thierry Guillopé (Archival City) is co-organizing a workshop on current research on colonial worlds. The next session will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020, 10:00-12:00, at the ANOM.

Session led by Christine Mussard (Aix-Marseille University/Iremam) on the theme: « Suspecter les élèves pendant la guerre d’indépendance algérienne : un autre regard sur l’école à partir d’archives sur la surveillance des populations »

Image credit : © Fonds Désiré Sic, militaire français au Maroc entre 1912 et 1933

Back to the sources : archival research and research archives

Monday 6 July 2020, 14h-18h (13h-17h in France): transversal seminar CRFJ – ARCHIVAL-CITY

[ remotely accessible via zoom: find the link on ]

Whether you are a historian, archaeologist, sociologist, philolgist or epigraphist, you are all dealing with « archives », in the broad – and sometimes loose – sense of the term: those that you strip, those that you manage, those that you produce. The aim of this seminar is to cross-reference approaches and questions around a type of document that constitutes a primary source for some, a secondary source for others, with particular emphasis on the methodological issues of this delicate « return to sources ». With what questions should we approach these collections? How to exploit the archives of administrations and institutions, how to deal with the heterogeneous collections of scholars or researchers? Which archives generate our disciplines? What vision – or illusion – do they produce, particularly in relation to the artefacts and other material traces they study or document? How can they be valued, interconnected and made more accessible?

Introduction, Vincent Lemire (Director of the CRFJ)
14h00 – 14h15

Session 1: Archival Research
14:15 – 16:00

  • Vincent Lemire (CRFJ): « From OPEN-JERUSALEM to ARCHIVAL-CITY: opening and connecting urban archives ».
  • Chloé Rosner (Sciences-Po): « Archives and history of Israeli archaeology: feedback ».
  • Michaël Langlois (CRFJ): « Identifying and editing ancient archives: the cases of Qumran and Marésha ».

Discussant: Yann Potin (National Archives; Université Paris-Nord)

  • 16h00 – 16h15: Coffee break

Session 2: Research Archives
16:15 – 18:00

  • Julien Vieugué (CRFJ): « Digging the soil, stripping the archives: the archaeologist facing his deposits ».
  • Estelle Ingrand-Varenne (CRFJ): « Stone archives and paper archives: the epigraphist facing his footprints ».
  • Yann Potin (A.N.; Université Paris-Nord): « Research in the mirror of « its » archives: a challenge of indiscipline(s)? »

Discussant: Yoann Morvan (CRFJ)

The Great Paris in the Past

This video is taken from a presentation by Emile Blettery and Paul Lecat at Futures Days in November 2019. It presents the research work of the Seine 54 project, which aims at aggregating census data from the Seine department with the IGN’s aerial photography collection.
The presentation focuses in particular on the digitisation of data, the construction of a database and geographic information system, the georeferencing of aerial photographs and the development of the data covisualisation tool.
These data are then used in a case study on the shantytowns of Nanterre.