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Call for panelists ECAS 2019 (Edinburgh): Archives, governance and policy-making on the African continent

  Call for Panellists Archives, governance and policy-making on the African continent ECAS 2019 (Edinburgh)     Vincent Hiribarren (King’s College) and Fabienne Chamelot (Portsmouth) are convening a panel for the next European Conference of African Studies (ECAS) in Edinburgh (12-14 June 2019). We are looking for papers on the relationship between archives and good governance, the recent digitisation of African archives or the concept of archival decolonisation. Our panel seeks to reflect on the archival practices in relation to governing and nation-building. Essential to accountability and transparency, archives are also crucial to the support of a national narrative and to connecting people together within a state. With the rise of digital technology and globalisation, their role as governing tools is all the more important, both perpetuating and prompting new approaches to citizenship and state. For instance, while colonial archives often symbolise a disruption in the national history, the wave of archival digitisation that the African continent currently undergoes seems to offer opportunities to revisit access to governmental and historical records and documents. Yet these issues prompt important questions which go from intellectual property to sovereignty, not to mention economic stakes or recent initiatives to decolonise archives. If you would […]

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New Publication: Ed Naylor ed., France’s Modernising Mission: Citizenship, Welfare and the Ends of Empire (Palgrave, 2018)

Earlier this year research group member Dr Ed Naylor published the edited volume France’s Modernising Mission: Citizenship, Welfare and the Ends of Empire (Palgrave, 2018), which includes a chapter authored by Professor Tony Chafer. Below is a brief presentation of the book and details on how to order it. ‘This outstanding collection of essays makes original interventions in the related fields of French imperial history, the study of decolonisation, and its legacies in contemporary France.’– Martin Thomas, Professor of Imperial History, University of Exeter This volume explores how France’s ‘modernising mission’ unfolded during the post-war period and its reverberations in the decades after empire. In the aftermath of the Second World War, France sought to reinvent its empire by transforming the traditional ‘civilising mission’ into a ‘modernising mission’. Henceforth, French claims to rule would be based on extending citizenship rights and the promise of economic development and welfare within a ‘Greater France’. In the face of rising anti-colonial mobilization and a new international order, redefining the terms that bound colonised peoples and territories to the metropole was a strategic necessity but also a dynamic which Paris struggled to control. The language of reform and equality was seized upon locally to make […]

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