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Report of Kings College’s Conference ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective’, 5 June 2017

Roel van der Velde (@RoelVelde) of the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth, explores how the outcomes of this event can be of benefit to students of Francophone history. He is presently in the final stages of his doctoral thesis on ‘French-South African arms trade as a community of practice, 1955-1979’. On 5 June 2017, a heavy congregation of military historians convened at Kings College for the ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective’ conference. The conference aims were to make an inventory of developments and innovations within the discipline in a dynamic new century. This piece contends that researchers of French-Francophone relations can benefit from these discussions. War Studies, with its roots in military history, is in need of a robust research agenda in support of interdisciplinarity, an issue it has in common with Area Studies. At a similarly introspective conference it was observed that Area Studies ‘cannot be grounded in the significance of specific geographical areas. All ‘areas’ are historically contingent, with fluid and often contested boundaries; their very coherence as areas – whether geopolitical, socio-economic, or cultural-historical – shifts over time, often depending upon the perspective of who is viewing, from where, and for what purpose.’.[i] Furthermore, both disciplines […]

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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme: Apply now for projects on Francophone Africa/French relations with Africa

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme (2017 round): call for expressions of interest in projects on Francophone Africa/French relations with Africa     The Francophone Africa research cluster at the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) invites expressions of interest from postdoctoral candidates who wish to apply to the 2017 round of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme through our institution. Full details of the scheme can be found here:  https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships. The University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) is a leading centre for the interdisciplinary study of Francophone Africa and Franco-African relations in an international context. We are particularly interested in supporting applications which engage with the following themes: Reassessing the legacies of French colonialism in terms of its impacts in former French colonies and in metropolitan France Studying the changing relations between France and the Francophone world in the context of increasing globalisation of the world economy and culture. Our research environment is dynamic and supportive, with a strong emphasis placed on mentoring and the career development of early career researchers. In the first instance, applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest to Professor Tony Chafer tony.chafer@port.ac.uk and Dr Natalya Vince natalya.vince@port.ac.uk […]

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