Britain, France & Africa: Legacies, Entanglements and Cultural Trajectories of Decolonization and Beyond
8.45am– 6.30pm on Monday 9th June, 2014 in South Wing G12 Common Room,
Programme (Downloadable PDF):
8.45am – 9 Registration
9 – 9.15 Welcome Remarks – Andrew Smith (UCL)
9.15 – 10.45 Panel 1 – Networks of Knowledge
‘The Social Network’: British democracy and the Ikhwan al-Hurriya in Egypt, 1940-52.
James Vaughan (Aberystwyth University)
Asking questions: Catholic African priests and the end of empire in French Sub-Saharan Africa.
Elizabeth Foster (Tufts University)
Decolonization’s fifth column: counterrevolution in 1960s Eurafrica.
Lydia Walker (Harvard University)
10.45 – 11.00 Comfort Break
11.00 – 11.45 Keynote
Michael Collins (UCL)
11.45 – 1.35pm Panel 2 – Developing Dependents?
From the ‘Racist Masterplan’ to the ‘Decade of Development’: British overseas development policies in Africa, c.1940-1960s.
Charlotte Lydia Riley (University of York)
Social paediatrics from empire to independence: The International Children’s centre in decolonizing Africa.
Jessica Pearson-Patel (Tulane University)
Oil will set us free: the hydrocarbon industry and the Algerian decolonization process
Marta Musso (University of Cambridge)
Planning development, envisioning permanence? Comparing the late colonial states in Africa, 1940-75.
Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo (University of Lisbon)
1.35 – 2.30 Lunch
2.30 – 4.00 Panel 3 – Images of Africa
The Mbari Club and the production of postcolonial culture in Africa.
Caroline Ritter (University of California, Berkeley)
Discovering Africa: tourism in late-colonial and post-colonial Francophone Africa.
Stephen Tyre (University of St Andrews)
The art of decolonization: the battle for Algeria’s Monets, 1962-70.
Andrew Bellisari (Harvard University)
4.00 – 4.15 Comfort Break
4.15 – 5.45 Panel 4 – Battlefields of Culture
France, its colonial mind and British West Africa during the age of decolonization.
Joanna Warson (University of Portsmouth)
Partir pour rester (Leaving in order to stay)? Franco-African relations since independence in the light of British strategies in Anglophone Africa (1960s to the present day).
Berny Sèbe (University of Birmingham)
A European silence: hiding the African Colonial Archives in Britain and France.
Vincent Hiribarren (King’s College London)
5.45 – 6.30 Keynote
Martin Shipway (Birkbeck, University of London)
6.30 – 7.00 Wine
7.00 Pub and Dinner
This Conference was made possible by the support of J-FIGS, UCL History and the Royal Historical Society: