The history of an uneasy relationship: France and South Africa, 1958-1974

This Tuesday (11 November 2014), Dr. Anna Konieczna (Sciences Po) will present a paper at the Centre for European and International Studies Research Seminar (5.00-6.30pm, Dennis Sciama Building DS 2.14). Anna graduated from Warsaw University and obtained her PhD from Sciences Po Paris (2013), where she is currently teaching international relations and history. Her research focuses on French foreign policy in Africa after 1960. In this post, Anna gives us a preview of the paper she will present in Portsmouth this week. Despite constant historiographical progress, historical research works on French foreign policy in Africa in the post-colonial period focus almost exclusively on French interactions with the former Empire, and neglect the spaces in other parts of Africa. This presentation, which is based on my doctoral thesis, aims to partly fill this gap by presenting a history of relations between France and the South African apartheid regime, during the presidencies in France of Charles de Gaulle (1958-1969) and Georges Pompidou (1969-1974). Drawing on various French and South African archival sources, this presentation will show the motivations and the evolution of the unexpected rapprochement between what was, until then, two distant States. This convergence of interests was fostered by two interlocking elements: the policy of independence […]

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Register now for the “Connected Histories of Decolonisation” workshop

Connected Histories of Decolonisation  A two-day workshop organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in conjunction with the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth and King’s College London The Senate Room, Senate House (First Floor) Register for this event online at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies website. ***  Thursday 13th November 2014   11-11.30: Coffee and welcome   11.30-13.00: Panel 1 – Creating spaces, connections and networks of resistance Chair: Natalya Vince (University of Portsmouth) Clemens Hoffmann (Bilkent University) – Anti-colonial empires and the creation of Afroasian spaces of resistance James Renton (Edge Hill) – The Theatre of the anti-colonial nation: colonial Asia in the age of nationality Uma Kothari (University of Manchester) – Contesting colonial rule: transnational networks of resistance and the politics of exile   13.00-14.00: Lunch   14.00-15.30: Panel 2 – Competing narratives of decolonisation Chair: Philip Murphy (ICWS) Andrew Kuech (The New School of Social Research, New York) – Duelling Chinese nationalism: a postcolonial confrontation with American power Tim Livsey (King’s College London) – Connected histories of decolonisation and development: the United States, Britain and African universities Robert S. G. Fletcher (University of Exeter) – Decolonisation and the arid world   15.30-16.00: […]

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