Conference organized by Jessica Pearson (Macalester College) and Herrick Chapman (NYU).
This conference will explore the process of French decolonization in the twentieth century in the context of broad global developments, movements, ideas, and policies. It aims to evaluate recent trends in the fields of French history and the history of decolonization and to suggest possible avenues for future inquiry. It will focus on several intersecting themes, such as decolonization and European integration, the rise of international organizations and the role they played in shaping French decolonization, and the Algerian War in global context.
Megan Brown (Swarthmore), "Europe's Borders and Decolonization: The Case of French Algeria"
Kathryn Edwards (Tulane), "Decolonization in Not an Option: The Progressive Left and Colonial Reform Under the Popular Front"
Burleigh Hendrickson (Dickinson), "Peripheral Visions of the Metropole: Frenchness in the Age of Decolonization"
Rachel Kantrowitz (Brown), "Interrupted Itineraries: Catholic Solidarity and West African Mobility after French Decolonization"
Sarah Runcie (Columbia), "Creating Aid out of Empire: Rural Health Services in French Africa after Independence"
Terrence Peterson (Florida International University), "Think Global, Fight Local: Recontextualizing the French Army in Algeria, 1954-1962"
Frederic Viguier (NYU), "A French Meritocracy in Independent Morocco? The Beginning of Educational Cooperation between France and Morocco after Moroccan Independence"