As recent events in North Africa have demonstrated, the post-revolution is often accompanied by moral panic and a desire to ‘reinstate’ gendered order. On Wednesday 12 November 2014, Dr. Natalya Vince gave a talk at the LSE Middle East Centre, entitled ‘1960s Algeria: Women, Public Space and Moral Panic‘, which explored debates about the place of women in public space in Algeria in the 1960s. Seeking to go beyond commonly-held views of post-independence Algeria as locked in a binary struggle between, on the one hand, ‘tradition’ and ethno-cultural nationalism and, on the other hand ‘modernity’ and socialist development, Dr Vince considered how revolutionary progress could embrace puritanical single-mindedness and also how Algerian women in the 1960s responded to and contributed to these debates. A full podcast of Dr. Vince’s talk is now available: video placeholder We are grateful to the LSE Middle East Centre for producing this podcast and granting us permission to share it on our blog.
In this post, we report on the “Connected Histories of Decolonisation” workshop, which took place at Senate House, London, 13-14 November 2014. Over the past few years, decolonisation workshops, organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in conjunction with King’s College London, have become a regular diary fixture for scholars of the end of empire. The workshops, which take place on a termly basis, provide an important opportunity for those working on decolonisation to meet and discuss their current research in a friendly and informal setting, with contributions from PhD students and early-career scholars particularly welcomed. The November 2014 conference, organised in collaboration with the Centre of European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth, continued the existing, successful workshop format, with a two-day conference dedicated to the discussion of “Connected histories of decolonisation”. After a brief welcome to delegates, day one opened with a interdisciplinary panel, chaired by Natalya Vince (Portsmouth), exploring the theme of ‘Creating spaces, connections and networks of resistance’. The first paper, presented by James Renton (Edge Hill), explored the global political space of the interwar years, embodied in, but not limited to, the League of Nations, in which the principal of national consciousness […]