Natalya Vince’s article is the most-read of French Historical Studies in 2016

Congratulations to our colleague, Dr Natalya Vince*, for her article Transgressing Boundaries: Gender, Race, Religion, and “Françaises Musulmanes” during the Algerian War of Independence being the most-read in 2016 of all French Historical Studies articles.

The article is available in open access until the end of the month:

*Dr Natalya Vince is Reader in North African and French Studies, and member of the Francophone Africa Research Cluster at the University of Portsmouth. 

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)


 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 Charles de Gaulle

 Gaia LOTT (Université de Florence)

La France, le Rwanda et le Burundi dans les années 1970

Nathaniel K. POWELL (Graduate Institute in Geneva)

France’s Cold War in Zaire, 1974-1979

No registration fee, but please notify Tony Chafer [] if you plan to attend.