Center Welcomes 2012 International Seminar on Decolonization Participants

On Sunday, July 8, the National History Center will welcome the fifteen scholars selected to participate in the seventh annual International Seminar on Decolonization. They and their proposed projects are:

Elisabetta Bini, European University Institute, Florence, “From Colony to Oil Producer: International Oil Politics in Libya, 1951-1969”;

Michael Collins, University College London, “Sir Andrew Cohen: Decolonization, Political Economy and Imperial Ideology in British Africa, c. 1945-1968”;

Darcie Fontaine, University of South Florida, “Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the Transition to Independence in Algeria, 1962-1970”;

Timothy Daniel Haines, Royal Holloway, University of London, “Decolonization, Nation-States, and Cross-border Hydropolitics in the 1948 India-Pakistan River Dispute”;

Pedro Andre Gary Monaville, University of Michigan, “Unfinished Decolonization, Students, Rebels and the Internationalization of Congolese Politics in the Early 1960s”;

Vincent Kuitenbrouwer, University of Amsterdam, “U.S. Diplomats and Dutch Public Opinion during the New Guinea Question, 1956-1962”;

Maurice Labelle, University of Akron, “Combating the Legacy of Empire: Arab Anti-Americanism and the United States in Lebanon, 1947-1961”;

Elisabeth Leake, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, “The Development of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier, 1936-1965”;

Erik Linstrum, Harvard University, “The Human Factor: Experiments with Psychology in the British Empire, 1898-1960”;

Brian McNeil, University of Texas at Austin, “Frontiers of Need: Decolonization and the International Battle over Humanitarian Aid in Biafra, 1967-1970”;

Sarah Miller-Davenport, University of Chicago, “Hawa’ii Statehood and Changing Ideas of Race, Nation, and American Consumer Culture in the Post-World War II Period”;

Andres Rodriguez, University of Southampton, “‘Decolonizing’ China: Globalizing and Localizing Postwar Visions of State and Society in Republican China, 1945-1949”;

Ethan R. Sanders, University of Cambridge, “Decolonization and the Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar: The Historical Legacy and Its Political Implications”;

Claire Wintle, University of Brighton, “Museums and Decolonization: Collecting and Display Practices as Microcosms of Political Encounter”; and

Akhila Yechury, London School of Economics and Political Science, “Debating Identity: The Indian ‘Nation-State’ and the Decolonisation of French India.”

The seminar is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is hosted by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.  This year it will meet from July 8 through August 3.  During those four weeks, the participants will research their topics at the Library, the National Archives, and other repositories in the Washington, DC area; discuss the phenomenon of decolonization; and critique each other’s work. Each will produce a publishable article or chapter of approximately 6,000 words.

The seminar is directed by Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin, the director of the National History Center. Faculty members for 2012 are Jennifer L. Foray, Purdue University; Dane Kennedy, George Washington University; Philippa Levine, University of Texas at Austin; Jason Parker, Texas A&M University; and Pillarisetti Sudhir, American Historical Association.