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From the National History Center column of the March 2011 issue of Perspectives on History

Participants Selected for the Summer 2011 Seminar on Decolonization

NHC Staff, March 2011

After a thorough review of nearly 60 excellent applications, fifteen scholars—listed below—have been selected to participate in the National History Center’s sixth international seminar on decolonization, to be held July 11 through 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 of the Library of Congress. Seminar sessions will be held in the Jefferson Building of the library.

During the four-week seminar, the participants are expected to 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 title of the project that the participant proposes to take up for research and discussion during the seminar.

  • Amanda Behm (PhD candidate, Yale Univ.), “The Third British Empire: History, Theory and Reality”

  • Eveline Buchheim (PhD, 2009, Univ. of Amsterdam), Researcher, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies: “The Impact of Decolonization on European Spouses During the Violent Transition from the Netherlands East Indies to a Post-Colonial Independent Indonesia”

  • Paul Chamberlin (PhD, 2009, Ohio State Univ.), assistant professor, University of Kentucky), “The Palestinian Liberation Movement’s Relationship to the Global Wave of Postcolonial Wars of National Liberation”

  • Jessica Chapman (PhD, 2006, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara), assistant professor, Williams College: “From Disorder to Dictatorship: The Domestic and International History of Ngo Dinh Diem’s Construction of South Vietnam, 1953–1956”

  • Mads Clausen (PhD, 2010, Univ. of Copenhagen), assistant professor, Aarhus University: “Out of the Ashcan of History: Decolonization, Regional Engagement and Australian Post-Imperial Nationhood, 1956–1972”

  • Christopher Dietrich (PhD candidate, Univ. of Texas at Austin), “In the Wake of Withdrawal: British Decolonization and the International Energy Politics, 1967–1971”

  • Matthew Heaton (PhD, 2008, Univ. of Texas at Austin), assistant professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University:   “The Decolonization of Psychiatry in the British Empire, 1945–1979”

  • Jonathan Howlett (PhD candidate, Bristol Univ.), “‘Decolonising Shanghai’: The American Experience of the Takeover of Shanghai and the Purge of Foreign Influence in the City”

  • Su Lin Lewis (PhD, 2010 Univ. of Cambridge), Past and Present Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute of Historical Research: “A World Historical Perspective on Tensions of Cosmopolitanism, Globalism, and Nationalism in Southeast Asia”

  • Moritz Mihatsch (DPhil candidate, Nuffield College, Univ. of Oxford), “Colonialism, Neocolonialism and the United States: How the Sudanese Political Parties Dealt with Aid and Technical Assistance”

  • Lata Parwani (PhD candidate, Tufts Univ.), “From Homeland to Motherland: Reflecting on the Sindhi Hindu Exodus, 1947–49”

  • Justin Pearce (DPhil candidate, St. Antony’s College, Univ. of Oxford), “Decolonisation in Angola and the Roots of Civil War”

  • Muhammad Raza (DPhil candidate, St. Antony’s College, Univ. of Oxford), “Yearning for Freedom and Revolution: Indian Radicals in Moscow during the Interwar Period”

  • Anne-Isabelle Richard (PhD, 2010, Gonville and Caius College, Univ. of Cambridge), Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute: “How Europe Needed Africa: The Influence of Decolonization in Asia on Eurafrican projects in France, 1945–1954”

  • Matthew Stanard (PhD, 2006, Indiana Univ.), assistant professor, Berry College: “The Influence of Belgian Pro-empire Propaganda on U.S. views Regarding the Decolonization of the Belgian Congo.