Conference Program

Keynote Speaker: Professor Barbara Keys, University of Melbourne
Location: 10 Sachem St, New Haven, CT
In the past few years, the project of writing global history has become increasingly celebrated. Many historians argue for the utility and indeed necessity of globalizing history. Others still remain concerned about what a global optic can occlude. This conference brings together senior and emerging scholars to interrogate what the “global turn” can offer to histories of decolonization and anti-colonial thought in the twentieth century.
A shared interest in moving direct connections between colony and metropole and thinking about other connected and conceptual geographies and terrains unites the panels. Individual panel presentations take up this task by broaching the historical import and historiographical legacies of: non-national solidarities, development, alternative visions of liberation, minority nationalisms, and political responses to violence.
Professor Keys’ keynote, “Emotional Topographies of Decolonization,” will begin at 4pm on Friday April 26th.
Pre-registration is required for all guests.

Conference Agenda

Friday, April 26

Welcome & Introduction: 9:15am-9:30am

Panel I: 9:30am-11:00am

Connected Histories: Non-national Solidarities

Chair: Marcela Echeverri, Associate Professor of History, Yale University  
Justin Reynolds (Harvard University): “Post-Colonial Protestantism and the Remaking of “Christian Society”: Decolonization and the World Council of Churches in the 1950s and 1960s”
Rachel Applebaum (Tufts University): “Ambassadors of the Language of Lenin: Soviet Teachers of Russian in Africa and Asia, 1950s–1970s”
Elizabeth A. Foster (Tufts University): “Decolonizing Faith: The End of Empire in Africa and the Transformation of the Church”
Josh Mentanko (PhD candidate, Yale University): “Mexico and the Third World: Internal Colonialism, Indigenous Knowledge, and the Limits of Economic Decolonization in the 1970s”

Panel II: 11:15am-12:45pm

Internationalism in Development: Technology, Economics, and the New World Order

Chair: David Engerman, Leitner International Interdisciplinary Professor of History, Yale University
Nicholas Ferns (Monash University): “The 1964 UN Conference on Trade and Development and the Decolonisation of Papua New Guinea”
Haris A. Durrani (JD candidate, Columbia Law School; PhD candidate, Princeton University): “Maniobras Piratas: Law, Empire, and Humanity in the ‘Technological Partition'”
James Lin (University of Washington): “In the Vanguard: Taiwanese Agricultural Development in Vietnam and Africa, 1959-1971”
Jessica Pearson (Macalester College): “Flying to the End of Empire? French Colonial Air Travel in the Era of Decolonization”

Panel III: 2:00pm-3:45pm

From Auschwitz to Algeria: Concentration Camps and the Challenge of Connected Histories

Chair: Carolyn J. Dean, Charles J. Stille Professor of History & French, Yale University
Participants: Emma Kuby (Northern Illinois University), Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins (Yale University), Samuel Moyn (Yale University)

Keynote 4:00pm-6:00pm

Lecture by Professor Barbara Keys, “Emotional Topographies of Decolonization”

Saturday, April 27

Panel IV: 9am-10:30am

Rethinking Liberation     

Chair: Zaib un Nisa Aziz, PhD Candidate, Yale University
Andrew Ivaska (Concordia University): “Liberation Itineraries: Dar es Salaam, Political Exile, and the Making of the 1960s”
Lucy Chester (University of Colorado Boulder): “Networks of Decolonization: Imperial Webs, Anti-Colonial Connections and the In Between”
Jessica Namakkal (Duke University): “Unsettling Utopia: Decolonization in 20th Century French India” 
Cindy Ewing (University of Toronto): “Writing the Rules of Liberation: Arab-Asian Solidarities and the Questions of Indonesia and Somalia at the United Nations”

Plenary Session: 10:45am-12pm

Connected Histories of Violence and the Making of the Our Times

Chair: Rohit De, Associate Professor of History, Yale University
Robert Karl (Princeton University), Lien-Hang Nguyen (Columbia University), Anupama Rao (Barnard College), Meredith Terretta (University of Ottawa)

Panel V:  1:00pm-2:30pm

The New Minority Question: Violence, Internationalism and the Problem of Indigenous Rights

Chair: Charlotte Kiechel, PhD Candidate, Yale University
Lydia Walker (Dartmouth College): “Addressing the Question of ‘Minority’ Nationalisms in a Decolonizing World:  The Nagaland Peace Mission, 1964-1966”
Laura Robson (Portland State University): “The United Nations and the Settler Colonial State: Decolonization, Internationalism, and the Question of Indigenous Sovereignty”
Joshua Cole (University of Michigan): “The Constantine Murders and the Politics of French Algeria”