Category Archives: Decolonization Seminar

The International Seminars on Decolonization, which are sponsored by the National History Center, the American Historical Association, and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, are generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They bring together young historians from the United States and abroad to Washington, DC to study and discuss the history of decolonization in the 20th-century. The seminar takes place in July-August each year, with applications due in November of the previous year.

Announcing the 2014 Decolonization Seminar Participants!

The National History Center is pleased to announce the 16 individuals who will be joining the Ninth International Seminar on Decolonization this summer in Washington, DC!

Amber Abbas, St Joseph’s University, Indian Students and Decolonization: American Interests, the Cold War and the Prospects of Radicalism

Jeffrey Byrne, University of British Columbia, A World Too Fast for Theories: Ideology, Oil, and Interdependence in US-Algerian Relations

Arie Dubnov, University of Haifa, The Dream of the Seventh Dominion: Lewis Namier, Josiah Wedgwood, A.J. Toynbee and the Question of Palestine in Interwar Liberal Imperialist Thought

Elisabeth Fink, New York University, Decolonization by the Ballot: The Referendum of 1958 in French West Africa

Frank Gerits, European University Institute, The Counterinsurgency of Public Diplomacy: The USIA’s Management of Insurgency in Africa, 1961-1969

Rajbir Hazelwood, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, Race, Murder, Riots: Being Punjabi in London, 1976-1984

Daniel Immerwahr, Northwestern University, The Decolonization of the United States

Stephen Jackson, The University of Sioux Falls, The View from the Colonies: The American Educator’s Perception of the End of the British Empire

Jack Loveridge, University of Texas at Austin, The Green Reaction: Britain, the United States, and India’s Food Economy, 1942-1955

Molly McCullers, University of West Georgia, Division in the Desert: Men, Water, and the Fight for the Future in Apartheid Namibia, 1945-1985

Thomas Meaney, Columbia University, A War against Empire? The Dependent Areas Branch and the Politics of Trusteeship

Malika Rahal, Institut d’histoire du temps présent (CNRS), Underground in International Relations

Caroline Ritter, University of California, Berkeley, The BBC and the Development of Broadcasting in Africa

Tehila Sasson, University of California, Berkeley, Humanity after Empire: Technologies for Relief in the Age of Decolonization, 1943-1973

Kate Stevens, University of Cambridge, “Half of Vanuatu Is Still Colonized by Herself”: Race, Gender and Law in the Era of Pacific Decolonization

Alden Young, University of Pennsylvania, The Economic Origins of Sudan’s First Civil War: The Military and Development Planning from 1958 to 1964

Be among the first 1000 members of H-Decol!

The National History Center is pleased to announce that a new H-Net list devoted to decolonization, H-Decol, has launched, and has already reached the 500-subscriber mark!

Thanks to the herculean efforts of International Seminar on Decolonization alumni Paul McGarr of the University of Nottingham and Stefanie Wichhart of Niagara University, the new list is up and ready for new members and new messages. To join, go to,

select H-Decol from the Network drop down list, enter your name, email and affiliation, and the editors, Professors McGarr and Wichhart, will take care of the rest.

Watch for a media-review section of the list to debut soon!

Questions may be addressed to Wichhart at and McGarr at

Applications now being accepted for Ninth International Seminar on Decolonization; deadline November 1

The National History Center is now accepting applications for the Ninth International Seminar on Decolonization, to be held Sunday, July 6, through Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. Instructions on how to apply can be found at “How to Apply for the Ninth International Seminar on Decolonization.”

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, November 1, 2013.