Archive | December, 2014

“Crossing boundaries in the study of France and Africa” study half day

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 1.45-6.00pm Milldam LE1.03, University of Portsmouth This study half day will bring together scholars and students from inside and outside of the University of Portsmouth to explore new ways of studying France and Africa. Our particular focus will be on crossing boundaries – physical, temporal and methodological – and the new perspectives on Franco-African relations that can be gained from such an approach. Some themes we will explore at this workshop include, but are not confined to: crossing geographical borders, to explore France’s relationships with different Francophone African territories, as well as with regions beyond the traditional French sphere on the African continent; breaking down chronological divides, notably between the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial periods; combining different historical outlooks, including political, economic, cultural and social perspectives on the past; transcending methodological boundaries, such as between different archives and diverse disciplines. In so doing, this study half day will highlight the ways in which crossing commonly accepted boundaries sheds new light on the multi-faceted relationship between France and Africa, in both the past and the present. Programme 1.45-1.55: Welcome 1.55 – 3.15: Panel 1 – Labour and detention Chair: Fabienne Chamelot (Portsmouth) Romain Tiquet (Humboldt): From the […]

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Interview with Patrick Altes

In this post, Fabienne Chamelot, a PhD student in the Francophone Africa cluster, interviews Patrick Altes. Patrick, a French artist born in Algeria, was a Leverhulme artist-in-residence in the School of Languages and Area Studies in 2012/13. An exhibition of his work, entitled ‘A Story of Revolutions’, was displayed at the University of Portsmouth’s SPACE gallery between 20 October and 26 November 2014, as part of the Being Human Festival. How would you say your experience as an artist-in-residence in an academic context influenced your work, both in terms of techniques and the creative process? Working with the University of Portsmouth, I had access to a lot of brainpower from experts in the field I was interested in. This was probably one of the key aspects, if not the most important one, during this residency. At the outset, some might have shown a few concerns about what a “pied noir artist” would produce, notably that I would bring up nostalgia in my work or highlight the “positive legacy” of French Algeria. However, these concerns were very quickly eliminated as I showed my interest in other ideas and worked from a very original perspective. Working with the University was very useful in […]

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