THE ROLE OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
The Scientific Committee of the Rivesaltes Camp Memorial comprises renowned figures from academic institutions in France and abroad. Its work is aligned with the project of the EPCC (French Public Institution for Cultural Cooperation), focusing on the consolidation of historical research into the population groups that were accommodated at the camp. It employs different disciplines to shed light on the history and memory of the site: ethnology, anthropology, sociolinguistics, political science, philosophy, sociology, neuroscience, practices in memorial heritage and media coverage of conflicts.
DENIS PESCHANSKI PRESIDENT OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE OF THE MEMORIAL
Denis Peschanski is a historian and head of research at the French Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), specialising in the occupation of France, the Vichy regime and the Resistance. A few years ago, he established a new transdisciplinary work site to address memorial heritage issues. Mr Peschanski is a member of the European Centre for Sociology and Political Science, having served as a member of the Institute of History of the Present Time (IHTP), and of the Centre for Social History of the 20th Century. His many responsibilities include serving as President of the Scientific Committee of the Memorial of Caen.
He has published various books and articles on the 1930-1940 period and is a co-writer of three films, namely “La Traque de l’Affiche rouge” (2007), “La propagande de Vichy” (2008) and “La France des camps” (2010), all of which were co-produced and broadcast by France 2.
Denis Peschanski heads the government-supported programme MATRICE for research into individual and social memory, and co-directs the 13-Novembre Programme on the memory of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.