Archive | February, 2015

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

On Wednesday 18 February 2015, the Francophone Africa cluster at the University of Portsmouth held a study day exploring the theme of “Crossing boundaries in the study of France and Africa”. This half day event, which included papers from scholars based at the University of Portsmouth and institutions in the UK, France and Germany, was aimed especially at second year students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences registered on the “Guns, glory hunters and greed: European colonisation in Africa” unit, but was also attended by other students and staff from across the Faculty. Joanna Warson introduces the study day, before Romain Tiquet’s paper forced labour in Senegal Joanna Warson (Portsmouth) opened the event with a brief introduction to the themes and aims of the event, emphasising especially the importance of adopting a broad perspective when studying relations between France and Africa. The first panel, chaired by Fabienne Chamelot (Portsmouth), focused on the theme of labour and detention. In the first paper, entitled ‘From the civilisation by work to the law of work: political economy and coercive methods of recruitment in (post)colonial Senegal, 1920s – 1960s’, Romain Tiquet (Humboldt) explored the use of forced labour in Senegal. Romain emphasised the […]

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“The power of language in post-colonial Africa” study half day

Wednesday 11 March 2015 (1.00-5.30pm), Milldam LE1.04 The role of the former colonisers’ languages has been a central concern in postcolonial studies. This has generally been examined in terms of the two broad positions of appropriation and abrogation, articulated most vigorously by postcolonial writers throughout the second half of the twentieth century. In the twenty-first century, the debate is still relevant, with a number of questions that remain open with particular reference to postcolonial settings: what are the roles of local and European languages in the tension between global cultural/economic flows and local issues of identity, state-building and continued efforts towards decolonisation? what are the motivations and consequences in recent developments regarding language policy? to what extent is the metaphor of appropriation able to describe the position of European languages within the sociolinguistic scenarios? how can the concepts of super-diversity and language hybridity help us re-conceptualize the link between language and national identity? In our study day we would like to bring together writers and scholars to address those questions with reference to specific contexts in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone sub-saharan Africa. Programme 13.00-13.15: Welcome 13.15-14.45: Anglophone and Lusophone Africa Prof Tope Omoniyi (Roehampton): Disseminating Public Health Information: Lessons from […]

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