International Seminar on Decolonization Reunion Conference

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Tuesday, July 5

N.B. All conference sessions take place at the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room LJ 119.

9:00- 10:00am
Optional:  Private tour of The Value of Money at The National Museum of American History led by Ellen Feingold

1:00-1:10pm
Welcome from the Kluge Center, Jason Steinhauer

1:10-1:20pm
Welcome from the American Historical Association, Dana Schaffer

1:20- 1:45pm
Opening Remarks, Wm. Roger Louis

2:00-3:15pm
Resources, Technology, and Economics in the Era of Decolonization
Chair:  Guiliano Garavini, University of Padua

Building an Oil Empire: U.S. Oil Companies and the Reshaping of Labor Relations in Libya, 1951-1981
Elisabetta Bini, University of Trieste

If all else fails, ask America: Facing Colonial Exclusion in Nazareth
Leena Dallasheh, Humboldt State University

Making the Hydro-Nation: Sovereignty and regionalism in India, 1950s-1960s
Daniel Haines, University of Bristol

Shifting Sudan: an Economic Region Between Interwar Imperialism and the Age of Development
Alden Young, Drexel University

3:30- 4:45pm
Empire at War
Chair:  Andres Rodriguez, University of Sydney

Sentencing and executing in the Metropolis during Decolonisation: The Case Study of “Fort Montluc”
Marc André, Associated researcher of the Larhra (Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhône-Alpes / Historical research laboratory of Rhone-Alpes)

Doing justice or guarding national unity: Sentencing female ‘traitors’ in times of transition
Eveline Buchheim, NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies

Bad Blood in the Post-War Netherlands: Indonesian Decolonization as Interpersonal Conflict
Jennifer L. Foray, Purdue University

At the Crossroads of Empire: Neutral Macau during the Second World War
Felicia Yap, London School of Economics, Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Center

Wednesday, July 6

9:00-10:30
Drawing Borders, Building Communities
Chair: Aiyaz Husain, U.S. Department of State

Portuguese Empire’s Migrants of Decolonization settled in Brazil (1974-1977)
Isabel de Souza Lima Junqueira Barreto, Fluminense Federal University

Who wants an East African Federation?
Michael Collins, University College London

The Integration of African Chiefdoms into the Colonial Administration: Institutional Change or Institutional Persistence?Leigh Gardner, London School of Economics

Decolonizing borders in South Asia
Elisabeth Leake, Royal Holloway, University of London

“Federations I have known…”
Jason Parker, Texas A&M University

Eurafrique. Decolonization by Participation
Anne-Isabelle Richard, Leiden University

10:45-12:15
Roundtable: Teaching the End of Empire
Chair: Annalisa Urbano, Universitaet Bayreuth
Stephen Jackson, University of Sioux Falls
Mairi MacDonald, University of Toronto
Jessica Pearson-Patel, University of Oklahoma
Kate Stevens, University of Otago
Akhila Yechury, University of St. Andrews

12:15- 1:30         Lunch

1:45-3:15
Languages of Independence, Histories of Decolonization
Chair: Erik Linstrum, University of Virginia

Two Corollaries to the Monroe Doctrine: Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperial Imperialism
Charlie Laderman, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge

Taming Babel: Language, colonialism and legacies in British Malaya
Rachel Leow, University of Cambridge

Decolonizing words.  A Contribution to the History of French Empire’s decline
Élodie Salmon, Paris-Sorbonne University

Decolonization and the Writing of Indian History
Rajagopal Vakulabharanam, University of Hyderabad

3:30-5:00
Global Connections in a Decolonizing World
Chair:  Elizabeth Buettner, University of Amsterdam 

The Mutual Influence of India and Palestine, 1933-1939
Lucy Chester, University of Colorado Boulder

Developing control: development policies and violent trajectories of late colonialism in Portuguese Africa (1945-1975)
Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, University of Coimbra

Orientalism at Bay: Lebanon, the United States, and Edward Said’s Postcolonial Moment
Maurice Jr. Labelle, University of Saskatchewan

“They are all Lumumbas”: Anti-colonial Solidarities and Media Representations in the United Arab Republic During the Congo Crisis, 1960-1961
Zoe LeBlanc, Vanderbilt University

Afro-Asian Networks in the Early Cold War: A Collaborative Research Network
Su Lin Lewis, University of Bristol

Nehruvian ideals; African realities: Apa Pant and disciplined decolonization in East Africa, 1948-1954
Gerard McCann, University of York

Thursday, July 7

9:00-10:30
Between Empire and Independence
Chair: Ellen Feingold, Smithsonian Institution and Georgetown University

In the Aftermath of Power Transfer: Anti-French Sentiments and the Rhetoric of “Unfinished” Decolonization in Postcolonial Ivory Coast
Abou B. Bamba, Gettysburg College

To Mecca by Land or by Air: Decolonizing the Hajj in Nigeria, 1955-1963
Matthew M. Heaton, Virginia Tech

Afterlife of Empire: The Life History and Colonial/Postcolonial Careering of Arthur Hugh Bunting
Joseph M. Hodge, West Virginia University

Leaving New China: decolonisation and the departure of foreigners from Communist Shanghai, 1949-1966
Jon Howlett, University of York

The Specter of Secession: Decolonization and the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution of India
Srijan Sandip Mandal, University of Hyderabad

10:45-12:15
Roundtable: Humanitarianism and Development
Chair: Juan Romero, Western Kentucky University

John Aerni-Flessner, Michigan State University
Emily Baughan, University of Bristol
Charlotte Lydia Riley, University of Southampton
Kara Moskowitz, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Tehila Sasson, Institute of Historical Research

12:15- 1:30                   Lunch

1:45-3:15
Decolonizing Global Governance: International Organizations and the End of Empire
Chair:  Laura Robson, Portland State University

Medicine and Public Health in North Africa: State-building and International Aid, 1956-1975
Jennifer Johnson, Brown University

Molding the Intercultural Mind: Peace Corps Training in Hawai’i
Sarah Miller-Davenport, University of Sheffield

The internationalization of social policies and late colonialism: the Portuguese empire and the International Labour Organization (1944-1963)
José Pedro Pinto Monteiro, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa

The Turn to Sanctions by the Anti-Apartheid Movement
Simon Murray Stevens, European University Institute

“World Organization Intoxication”: The Arab League at the San Francisco Conference, 1945
Stefanie Wichhart, Niagara University

3:30-5:00
Rethinking the End of Empire: New Approaches to the Study of Decolonization
Chair:  Emma Hunter, University of Edinburgh

Decolonization and the History of Emotions: a Case Study from British Africa
Ellen Boucher, Amherst College

Two Commonwealths? Re-thinking the Commonwealth of Nations: 1921-1975
Andrew Richard Dilley, University of Aberdeen

Rehabilitating the Home: Women’s Self-Help at the End of Empire
Elizabeth Prevost, Grinnell College

Apartheid’s Playground: decolonization and the pleasures of holding ground
Caio Simões de Araújo, Graduate Institute, Geneva

The unfinished decolonisations of settler colonialism
Lorenzo Veracini, Swinburne University

7:00-9:00
Closing Reception at the Museum of Women in the Arts