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Algeria, France: How memory works?

University of Oxford   |   28–29 May 2018 European Studies Centre (St Antony’s College) & Maison Française d’Oxford PRESENTATION The workshop will shed new light on the individual and collective processes of the memorialisation of the Algerian War of Independence (1954–62), in contemporary Algeria and France. Building on the conference I convened last year with James McDougall and Natalya Vince (The Algerian War of Independence: Global and Local Histories), the workshop draws the attention to the aftermath of the war, and more specifically to the memories and the representations of the conflict and beyond, moving towards a wider comprehension of the Algerian-French (un)relation. Far from the authoritarian synthesis so often presented as the ‘collective memory’, the workshop aims to root memories in a precisely located framework and then looks at how they are worked through in individual and local life-histories and representations. Aiming to avoid the trap of the endless ‘memory wars’ that still infect Algerian and French public debate, the workshop shifts focus from what memory (and identity) is, to how it works. In so doing, particular attention is devoted to the local/global scales: this enables a detailed analysis of a multi-layered memory framework in contrast to the nation-state’s one-dimensional pattern, displaying the possible coexistence—not hierarchically […]

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WAPSN Workshop: New Thinking on West African Security Challenges

The West Africa Peace and Security Network’s annual workshop “New Thinking on West African Security Challenges” will be held at the University of Portsmouth on the 17th-18th of May 2018. The workshop will discuss new approaches on security challenges in West Africa including highly relevant topics such as the role of foreign powers for West African peace and security; the AU and ECOWAS’ approaches to address peace and security on the continent; non-state actors, violent extremism, security and knowledge production in West Africa. Participants include academics and experts from West Africa, the UK and Europe. REGISTER HERE For more details, please see the workshop programme on the WAPSN website http://www.westafricasecuritynetwork.org/events/forthcoming/  

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