Workshop: Beyond Françafrique: France outside of its traditional sphere of African influence (19th-20st centuries)

Workshop organised by the University of Portsmouth in cooperation with the Society for the Study of French History 


University of Portsmouth, 22 February 2017

Park Building, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2BZ

Room 3.01


1.00 Welcome

1.10-2.40 Panel I. Beyond the French Empire

Jakob Zollmann (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) [paper read by Tony Chafer]
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

Discussant: Ed Naylor (University of Portsmouth)

2.40-3.00 Tea/Coffee Break

3.00-4.30 Panel II. Levers of influence

Roel Van der Velde (University of Portsmouth)
Procedures and practices of French arms trade to South Africa, 1955-1965

Melissa Byrnes (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)

Discussant: Andrew Smith (UCL, London)

4.30-4.40 Comfort break

4.45-6.10 Panel III. Enlarging the pré carré

Anna Konieczna (Université Paris-Est Créteil)
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

Discussant: Tony Chafer (University of Portsmouth)


Convenors: Dr. Anna Konieczna (Université Paris-Est Créteil), Prof. Tony Chafer (University of Portsmouth)

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