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From the National History Center column of the March 2010 issue of Perspectives on History

Participants Selected for the Summer 2010 Seminar on Decolonization

NHC Staff, March 2010

Fifteen scholars—listed below—have been selected, after a rigorous screening of more than 75 excellent applications that were received, to participate in the National History Center’s 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 Library of Congress, and will be held in the Jefferson Building of the library.

The participants will, during the four-week seminar, conduct research in the Library of Congress and other research centers (including the National Archives), participate in discussions led by the seminar leaders, and make presentations at the end on their research projects.

In the list below, the name of the participant is 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 University), 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 Bulow (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”

  • Rob Fletcher (PhD candidate, Oxford University), “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 University), 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, Cambridge University), “Borders of the Mind in the Southeast Asian Archipelago, 1920–1965”

  • Gerard McCann (PhD, 2008, Cambridge University), Mellon postdoctoral fellow in transnational history, Oxford University, “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 University), assistant professor of history, Grinnell College, “Gender, Mission Education, and the Demise of Empire in British Africa”