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,
Speaker details (listed alphabetically):
Michael Collins is a Lecturer in Modern British, Imperial and World History at UCL. His first book was on Rabindranath Tagore, anti-colonial nationalism and the British-Indian imperial relationship. His second book (under contract with I. B. Tauris), is entitled Decolonisation and Globalisation Since 1945, and provides a historiographical analysis of the ways in which the end of the European empires intersected with the growth of international institutions, norms and networks. In addition, he is working on the history of British experiments with federations, notably in central and east Africa, in the 1950s. His recent journal article ‘Decolonisation and the Federal Moment’ (Diplomacy & Statecraft, February 2013) sketches some of the parameters of this project.
Martin Shipway teaches Twentieth-Century French Studies, and is former Head of the Department of European Cultures and Languages, at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of The Road to War: France and Vietnam, 1944–1947 (1996) and Decolonization and its Impact: A Comparative Approach to the End of the Colonial Empires (2008), and has written extensively on French colonialism and decolonization in Indochina, Algeria, sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, as well as on comparative approaches to decolonization. He is currently working on French and British discourses of decolonization in the late colonial state.
This Conference was made possible by the support of J-FIGS, UCL History and the Royal Historical Society: