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Workshop, Tuesday 12 September 2017, 11.00-18.00, Park Building 2.16 School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth. All welcome. Enquiries:    & SPEAKERS & PLANNING  11.00   Coffee and registration 11.15   Welcome (Tony Chafer) 11.30-13.00     Panel 1: The remaking of France? New histories of decolonisation Chair: Ed Naylor / Speakers: Fabienne Chamelot (Portsmouth), Sharif Gemie (South Wales), Andrew Smith (Chichester), Natalya Vince (Portsmouth) 13-14.00          Lunch (buffet) 14-15.30          Panel 2: Theorising postcoloniality in cultural and literary studies Chair: Margaret Majumdar / Speakers: Walid Benkhaled (Portsmouth), Charles Bonn (Lyon II), Azzedine Haddour (UCL), Debra Kelly (Westminster) 15.30-16.00     Pause (coffee) 16-17.30    Panel 3:  The postcolonial beyond academia Chair: TBC/ Speakers: Jodi Burkett (Portsmouth), Itay Lotem (Westminster), Mohammed Saad (UWE) 17.30   Closing remarks (Margaret Majumdar/ Ed Naylor) All welcome. Convenors: Margaret Majumdar and Ed Naylor. For all enquiries: Generously supported by the Centre for European and International Studies Research of the University of Portsmouth and the Leverhulme Trust. Beyond the post(-)colonial? More than fifty years have passed since decolonisation was achieved in most of the former colonies of the European colonial powers. During that time, a substantial body of critical work has been produced under […]

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Report of Kings College’s Conference ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective’, 5 June 2017

Roel van der Velde (@RoelVelde) of the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth, explores how the outcomes of this event can be of benefit to students of Francophone history. He is presently in the final stages of his doctoral thesis on ‘French-South African arms trade as a community of practice, 1955-1979’. On 5 June 2017, a heavy congregation of military historians convened at Kings College for the ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective’ conference. The conference aims were to make an inventory of developments and innovations within the discipline in a dynamic new century. This piece contends that researchers of French-Francophone relations can benefit from these discussions. War Studies, with its roots in military history, is in need of a robust research agenda in support of interdisciplinarity, an issue it has in common with Area Studies. At a similarly introspective conference it was observed that Area Studies ‘cannot be grounded in the significance of specific geographical areas. All ‘areas’ are historically contingent, with fluid and often contested boundaries; their very coherence as areas – whether geopolitical, socio-economic, or cultural-historical – shifts over time, often depending upon the perspective of who is viewing, from where, and for what purpose.’.[i] Furthermore, both disciplines […]

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