From the National History Center column of the February 2008 issue of Perspectives on History

Participants Selected for 2008 Summer Seminar on Decolonization

NHC Staff, February 2008

After a rigorous screening process, the following 15 scholars were selected—from more than 50 applicants—to participate in the third international seminar on decolonization that the National History Center is organizing in collaboration with the Library of Congress and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The seminar will be held from July 6, 2008 through August 2, 2008, in Washington, D.C. In the list that follows, names of participants are followed by their degree information, current institutional affiliations, and the titles or topics of their research projects (in italics).

The following list of participants has been revised and corrected since its publication here. For the most up-to-date information about the participants in the seminar, please see the list on the National History Center's web site.

  • Carolyn Biltoft (PhD candidate, 2008, Princeton Univ.), Assassination: Life and Death at the End of Empire
  • Neilesh Bose (PhD candidate, 2008 Tufts Univ.), resident fellow, College of St. Rose, Albany, N.Y., Nation, Territory, and Bengali Visions of Pakistan, 1940–1947
  • Jennifer Dueck (DPhil 2005, Oxford Univ.), lecturer, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, Zionism in French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon
  • Eric Duke (PhD 2007 Michigan State Univ.), assistant professor, University of South Florida, Federation in the British Caribbean colonies
  • Jennifer Foray (PhD 2007, University of Michigan), assistant professor, Purdue University, From Dominion Status to Decolonization: The Commonwealth Idea in the Netherlands, 1920–1954
  • Leigh Gardner (DPhil candidate, 2009, St. Cross College, Oxford Univ.), Public France and Decolonization in British Africa: Continuity and Change in Kenya and Zambia, 1945–75
  • Emma Hunter (PhD 2007, University of Cambridge), lecturer, University of Cambridge, Tanzanian independence in 1961, focusing on land tenure reform, taxation, citizenship, governance, and political rights
  • Shereen Ilahi (PhD candidate 2008, Univ. of Texas at Austin), The Amritsar Massacre of 1919 compared to 1920 Bloody Sunday in Ireland
  • Erik Kennes (PhD candidate 2008, Univ. of Laval, Canada), Royal Museum of Central Africa, Belgium, The formation of Katangese political consciousness at independence
  • Fabian Klose (PhD 2007, Univ. of Munich), lecturer, University of Munich, The Transfer of Strategic Knowledge in the Age of the Wars of Decolonization (studying reaction in Britain, France, Netherlands, and Portugal to anticolonial movements)
  • Guy Laron (PhD candidate 2008, Hebrew University, Decolonization age and the Eisenhower Administration, 1952–1956, focusing on Suez Crisis
  • Daniel da Silva Costa Marcos (PhD candidate 2008, Portuguese Institute for International Relations-New Univ. of Lisbon), Portugal, the USA, and the Colonial Issue, 1945–1961
  • Laura Robson (PhD candidate 2009, Yale University), Decolonization and Christian Arab Political Identity in British Mandate Palestine, 1917–1948
  • Maria Romo-Navarrete (PhD, 2006, Univ. of Sorbonne) instructor, College Victor Hugo, Lycee Marie Curie, college Jean Mace, Effects of decolonization on French indigenous political elites
  • Stefanie Wichhart (PhD 2007, Univ. of Texas at Austin), associate professor, Niagara University, A 'well-run' Iraq or a 'happy' Iraq: the Second British Occupation, 1941–1946