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.


Speaker details (listed alphabetically):

Andrew Bellisari is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Harvard University. His dissertation, entitled “Colonial Remainders: France, Algeria, and the Culture of Decolonization, 1958-1970,” explores the political and cultural processes (and consequences) of decolonization in Algeria by examining the on-the-ground negotiations that took place between local actors over patrimony, people, and property.

Elizabeth Foster is Assistant Professor of History at Tufts University in Massachusetts. She works on questions at the intersection of religion and empire in France and its African colonies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of Faith in Empire: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Rule in French Senegal, 1880-1940 (Stanford UP, 2013) and is now at work on a study of French and African Catholics’ approaches to decolonization in French sub-Saharan Africa.

Vincent Hiribarren is a Lecturer in World History at King’s College London. The main interest of his research is to create links between precolonial, colonial and post-colonial history for a polity mainly studied for its precolonial history until then. He has a forthcoming monograph entitled Dividing and Reconstructing African Space: Borders and Territory in Borno (Hurst, 2014).

Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. He just edited Portugal and the end of colonialism. International Dimensions (Edições 70, 2014)He is interested in comparative histories of colonial developmentalism and their intersections with decolonisation. He is also the coordinator of the international collective research project Internationalism and Empire: The Politics of Difference in the Portuguese Colonial Empire in Comparative Perspective (1920-1975).

Marta Musso is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. Her thesis focusses on the role of the oil industry in decolonization processes, with a particular focus on Algeria.

Jessica Pearson-Patel is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her book manuscript in progress is entitled The Colonial Politics of Global Public Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa. Her work explores the confrontation between colonial family health services in Africa and new international health organizations in the post-1945 period.

Charlotte Lydia Riley is a Teaching Fellow at the University of York. Her current research focuses on the connections between colonial development policy and official British overseas aid and development programmes at the end of empire.

Caroline Ritter is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently working on a dissertation titled “The Cultural Project of the Late British Empire in Africa”, which examines the history of British broadcasting, publishing, theater and film in East and West Africa from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Berny Sèbe is a Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), with research interests in the cultural history of the British and French empires, the colonial conquest and decolonization of the Sahara, Franco-British colonial relations and Franco-African relations since the Second World War. He has published many articles and book chapters in the abovementioned fields. His most recent book is Heroic Imperialists in Africa: The promotion of British and French colonial Heroes, 1870-1939.

Stephen Tyre is a Lecturer at the University of St Andrews and teaches late 19th and 20th century European and international history, with particular interests in French history, colonial history and decolonisation. He has published on the Algerian war of independence, and his current research interests are French visions of sub-Saharan Africa’s future in the period between 1945 and the end of imperial rule

Lydia Walker is a PhD student in the Harvard History Department.  She  works on separatist national demands in South Asia and Southern Africa  within the international politics of decolonization.

Joanna Warson is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Portsmouth, whose research focuses on France’s relationship with Anglophone Africa in the post-1945 period. Joanna was awarded a PhD from the University of Portsmouth in 2013, for her thesis entitled ‘France in Rhodesia: French policy and perceptions throughout the era of decolonisation’, and is now working on a project which analyses French involvement in Nigeria and Ghana, 1945-1972.

James Vaughan is a Lecturer in International History at Aberyswyth University. He specialises in the history of British and American diplomatic policy towards the Middle East. His current research focuses upon the changing attitudes and policies of Britain’s major political parties towards Zionism, Israel, Palestinian nationalism and the Arab-Israel dispute but he continues to publish on British propaganda policy towards the Arab Middle East and Iran. His most recent book is Unconquerable Minds. The Failure of American and British Propaganda in the Arab Middle East, 1945-1957  (Palgrave, 2005).

This Conference was made possible by the support of J-FIGS, UCL History and the Royal Historical Society:

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