CFP: Empire and globalisation(s). Circulations, exchanges and trans-imperial cooperation in Africa, 19th-20th centuries

University of Lausanne, 9-10 May 2019 Over the course of the last few years, the transnational and global turn in the social sciences has inspired a profound renewal of colonial and imperial history (Kreienbaum, Kamissek, 2016). A significant body of research has been investigating the dynamics of “imperial globalization” (Bandeira Jerónimo, 2016; Thomas, Thompson, 2014), as well as the vast array of “in-between” actors, spaces and institutions that have contributed to connecting countries and regions of the world (Barth, Cvetkovski, 2015). Following this decentered approach, the study of the imperial past can offer a “bridge” toward global history and provide original insights into the ideological, institutional and technological mechanisms of contemporary globalization (Akita, 2002). This workshop aims to further this debate by focusing more specifically on the history of the political, scientific and technical cooperation in European colonial empires in Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will shed light, on the one hand, on the wide range of collaborations that have been established between and beyond colonial administrations, in areas such as health, agriculture, labor, security, and education, as well as natural, human and social sciences. On the other hand, the workshop aspires to connect the history of imperialism […]

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Présidentielle au Mali

Mali: Three Predictions About Mali’s 2018 Presidential Election It is hard to see how anything good, or different, will come from Mali’s election on 29 July. News from Mali just keeps getting worse. More than five years after French soldiers ousted jihadi fighters from northern Mali and nominally restored central government sovereignty there, the country has grown ever more unsafe and fractious. The peace accord, signed amid great fanfare in 2015, has yet to be meaningfully implemented. A tally of incidents since 2015, recorded by Malilink, shows an alarming rise in violent acts and deaths by national and foreign militaries, jihadi groups, secular militias and criminals. Most disturbing are recent ethnically-motivated killings carried out by Malian troops and “self-defence militias” in the Mopti region, which is at growing risk of “mass atrocities” according to the US Holocaust Memorial’s early warning project. In light of these unprecedented threats to Mali’s security and integrity, the stakes would appear to be high for the country’s presidential election, the first round of which is scheduled for 29 July.  Read more Présidentielle au Mali : le suffrage perturbé dans 20% des bureaux de vote Si les autorités maliennes se félicitent de la « bonne tenue » […]

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