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Beyond Françafrique: France outside of its traditional sphere of African influence (19th-21st centuries)

University of Portsmouth, 22 February 2017  Convenors: Dr Anna Konieczna (Paris-Est Creteil), Prof. Tony Chafer (University of Portsmouth) PROGRAMME  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: Adrew 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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“Why the holdup?”: a rewarding visit to Pretoria’s archives

In this post, post-graduate student at University of Portsmouth, Roel van der Velde, recounts his research visit of last July to Pretoria, where he visited the South African National Archives and Archives of the former South African Defence Force. As a first-time visitor of the country, Roel shares his experiences of daily life and work in Pretoria and takes a peek at political developments in South Africa. (more…)

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