National History Center Announces 2010 Decolonization Seminar Participants

The National History Center congratulates the international 15 scholars who have been selected, from among more than 80 outstanding applicants, to participate in the fifth international  seminar on decolonization, to be held July 11 though August 7, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The seminar, which is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is cosponsored by the American Historical Association and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and will be held in the Jefferson Building of the library.

The 2010 Decolonization Participants are listed below, followed by degree details, current institutional affiliation, if any, and the topic selected by the participant for research and discussion during the seminar:

  • Abou Bamba (PhD 2008, Georgia State), Assistant Professor of History, Hobart and William Smith College.
    “Beyond National(ist) Histories: Guinea, the United States, and the Decolonization of French West Africa”


  • Rana Barakat (PhD 2007, University of Chicago), Director, Academic Support Unit, Graduate Studies; Assistant Professor of History, Birzeit University.
    “Finding Jerusalem: History and its Social and Political Legacy in a Troubled City”


  • Helene von Bismarck, PhD Candidate in Modern History, Humboldt-University.
    “The United States of America and Great Britain’s Last Years of Informal Empire in the Persian Gulf, 1961-98”


  • Mathilde von Bülow (PhD 2007, Cambridge), Lecturer in Contemporary International History, School of History, University of Nottingham.
    “Labor Diplomacy and Cold War Politics during Algeria’s Struggle for Independence, 1956-62”


  • Andrew Cohen (PhD 2009, University of Sheffield), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Pretoria.
    “Negotiating the Decolonization of Southern Rhodesia in the Mid-1970s: the Role of Big Business”


  • Robert Fletcher, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford.
    “Shifting to the Periphery?: The ‘Desert Corridor’ of the Middle East in the Post-war World”


  • Giuliano Garavini (PhD, 2006, University of Florence), Lecturer in International History, University of Calabria.
    “The 1973 Oil Crisis as the Last Episode of Decolonization”


  • Greg Harper, PhD Candidate, University of Texas.
    “Decolonization and European Integration”


  • Levent Isyar, PhD Candidate, Bilkent University.
    “Turkish Perceptions of Decolonization and Cold War in the Middle East”


  • Jennifer Johnson, PhD Candidate, Princeton University.
    “Humanizing Warfare: The Politics of Medicine, Health Care, and International Humanitarian Intervention in Algeria during the war of independence, 1954-62”


  • Megha Kumar (PhD 2009 Oxford), Postdoctoral Fellow of the Past and Present Society, Institute of Historical Research.
    “Communalism, Hindu-Muslim Violence and Decolonization: Continuity and Change in Gujarat (1940-1960)”


  • Rachel Leow, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge.
    “Border of the Mind in the Southeast Asian Archipelago, 1920-1965”


  • Gerard McCann (PhD 2008, Cambridge), Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational History, Oxford.
    “India and the Politics of Decolonizing Africa”


  • Paul McGarr (PhD 2008 University of London), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Nottingham.
    “The Cultural Politics of Decolonization: Imperial Iconoclasm in India, 1947-1970”


  • Elizabeth Prevost (PhD, 2006 Northwestern), Assistant Professor of History, Grinnell College.
    “Gender, Mission Education, and the Demise of Empire in British Africa”


This 4-week long targeted study of the dissolution of the colonial empires and the lasting effects of their transformations has resulted in intensive scholarly exchange from among the participants, the leaders, and has produced a new body of scholarship devoted to the subject matter.  Wm. Roger Louis, chairman of the National History Center’s board of trustees, Kerr Professor of English History and Culture, again directs the 2010 seminar. Other seminar leaders include Dane Kennedy (George Washington Univ.), Philippa Levine (Univ. of Southern California), Jason Parker (Texas A & M Univ.), and Pillarisetti Sudhir (AHA).

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