Publication Date

March 1, 2012

Perspectives Section


The following is a list of the 15 scholars who have been selected to take part in the seventh international seminar on decolonization, scheduled to be held July 8–August3, 2012, in Washington D.C. The seminar, which is jointly sponsored by the National History Center, the American Historical Association, and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In this list, the names of the scholars are followed by their institutional affiliations (at the time they applied) and the titles of the projects they will pursue during the seminar. Details about the seminar can be found on the National History Center’s web site.

  • 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”
  • George Karekwaivanane, Balliol College, Oxford, “Law, Politics, and Decolonization in Zimbabwe, 1960–1980”
  • 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, “Hawai’i 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”
  • Akhila Yechury, London School of Economics and Political Science, “Debating Identity: The Indian ‘Nation-State’ and the Decolonization of French India”

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