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,
UCL History.


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:

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