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Workshop: Beyond Françafrique: France outside its traditional sphere of African influence

Beyond Françafrique: France outside of its traditional sphere of African influence (19th-21st centuries) Park Building, University of Portsmouth, 22 February 2017  Convenors: Dr Anna Konieczna (University of Paris-Est Créteil), Prof. Tony Chafer (University of Portsmouth) ITINERARY   1.00     Welcome Panel I. Outside of the French Empire 1.15-2.45  Discussant: Ed Naylor (University of Portsmouth)  Jakob ZOLLMANN (Dr, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung) Witnesses to Competition or Participant Observers? French Missionaries in the Colonial Border Area of Angola and German Southwest Africa, ca. 1880 to 1919 Thomas Sharp (Oxford Brookes), A Trans-Imperial Decolonization: France and Francophone Africans in British West Africa, 1952-1964  Alexandra Reza (University of Oxford), Présence Africaine and the struggle against colonialism in the Portuguese African colonies, 1953-1968  COFFEE BREAK 2.45-3.00 Panel II. Levers of influence 3.00-4.30  Discussant: Andrew Smith (UCL, London) Roel VAN DER VELDE (Univeristy of Portsmouth) Procedures and practices of French arms trade to South Africa, 1955-1965  Melissa K BYRNES (Associate Professor, Southwestern University) Passing the Torch on the Civilizing Mission: French Hopes for the Portuguese Empire in the 1960s –  Frank Gerits (University of Amsterdam), French Cultural Diplomacy in the Ideological Scramble for Africa (1953-1963)  COFFEE BREAK 4.30-4.45 Panel III. Enlarging the pré carré 4.45-6.15  Discussant: Prof. Tony Chafer  Anna KONIECZNA (Paris-Est Creteil), French foreign policy in the non-French speaking Africa under […]

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Challenging the myth of colonial to post-colonial: The case of the Organisation Commune des Régions Sahariennes

An exploration of the Organisation Commune des Régions Sahariennes (OCRS), introduced by the French government in the 1950s, as a case study of Eurafrica in practice, provides an original entry to the complex dynamics of the end of the French empire. Through an examination of the paths considered but not taken by the colonial elites, Kelsey Suggitt, a PhD student at the University of Portsmouth and a member of the Francophone Africa cluster, challenges the myth of the inevitability of decolonisation.   In early September I made the 300 mile or so trek up to the University of Hull for the Association for Modern and Contemporary France’s (ASMCF) Annual Conference. The theme of the conference was ‘Myth Making’, something which resonates within my PhD project. For the past year, since I started working towards my PhD, I have been re-examining how decolonisation was imagined by French colonial elites during the late colonial period in North and West Africa. One myth which I have been exploring is the idea that decolonisation was either a peaceful transition, from colonies to nation-states, as in the case of French West Africa, or a violent conflict like the Algerian War. I also question myths that […]

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