Pierre Nora's scientific contributions

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... In addition, the materiality of cultural artifacts brings the past to the present due to their relative persistence (Olsen 2013). It functions as a 'tangible point of reference' for the temporal and spatial exchange of ideas and meaning that contribute to social identification and coherence (Jones et al 2013) and provides a spatial and physical context for mnemonic practices that make the past of an individual, group, or institution accessible in the present (Nora 1989). Thus, the materiality of cultural artifacts constitutes a physical mnemonic vehicle for intergenerational exchange of cultural memories (Assmann 1999;Assmann 2010Assmann , 1995; material objects and spaces becoming also mnemonic objects and spaces (also see Nora 1989). ...