Black History Month Film Festival at the University of Portsmouth

During October, the University of Portsmouth celebrates its first Black History Month Film Festival in partnership with the Portsmouth Film Society. This will be launched by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Galbraith, on Thursday 8 October, 6pm at the Eldon Café, prior to the screening of Selma. Film programme: Selma – Thursday 8 October, 7.00pm The Help – Thursday 15 October, 7.00pm Timbuktu – Thursday 22 October, 7.00pm Dear White People – Thursday 29 October, 7.00pm Tickets are £6 and can be booked from the Portsmouth Film Society by email: info@portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk, or calling 07528 808400. Link to the event: http://www.port.ac.uk/staffessentials/whatson/events/eventdetails,191260,en.html

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cfp: Re-imagining ends of empire

The study of the ends of empires and decolonisation has generally focused on the passage from empire to nation-states. Whether this process was violent or relatively peaceful, it has generally been presented as historically inevitable. This is particularly the case with France’s African empire which is often studied in terms of its attempt and failure to hold on at all costs before ultimately giving up (Algeria) or its ‘successful’ negotiation of a smooth transfer of power to a Westernised African elite (West Africa). As Todd Shepard underlined in 2006 in The Invention of Decolonisation, by 1959-60, decolonisation in France was presented as part of the “tide of history” with little explanation or discussion of what this actually meant. He underlines that this historical determinism has largely been reproduced in academic literature. At the same time, an emerging trend has been to re-examine established accounts of the passage of empires to nation-states (Cooper, 2014; Hansen and Jonsson, 2014; Deighton, 2006). With an increase in studies of global and transnational history, scholars are increasingly questioning the inevitability of how (post) empire was reimagined by the late colonial state. This study day at the University of Portsmouth on March 2nd 2016 aims to […]

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