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April 2019

  • Wednesday, April 24th Julian Jackson: Interpreting de Gaulle

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    Wednesday, April 24, 20192:00PM - 4:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    In the early summer of 1940, when France was overrun by German troops, one junior general who had fought in the trenches in Verdun refused to accept defeat. He fled to London, where he took to the radio to address his compatriots back home. “Whatever happens,” he said, “the flame of French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished.” At that moment, Charles de Gaulle entered history.

    For the rest of the war, de Gaulle insisted he and his Free French movement were the true embodiment of France. Through sheer force of personality he inspired French men and women to risk their lives to resist the Nazi occupation. Sometimes aloof but confident in his leadership, he quarreled violently with Churchill and Roosevelt. Yet they knew they would need his help to rebuild a shattered Europe. Thanks to de Gaulle, France was recognized as one of the victorious Allies when Germany was finally defeated. Then, as President of the Fifth Republic, he brought France to the brink of a civil war over his controversial decision to pull out of Algeria. He challenged American hegemony, took France out of NATO, and twice vetoed British entry into the European Community in his pursuit of what he called “a certain idea of France.”

    Julian Jackson’s magnificent De Gaulle, the first major biography in over twenty years, captures this titanic figure as never before. Drawing on the extensive resources of the recently opened de Gaulle archives, Jackson reveals the conservative roots of de Gaulle’s intellectual formation, sheds new light on his relationship with Churchill, and shows how he confronted riots at home and violent independence movements from the Middle East to Vietnam. No previous biography has so vividly depicted this towering figure whose legacy remains deeply contested.

    De Gaulle has been recognized with the Amercian Library in Paris Prize 2018 for the best book about France written in English, the Franco-British Literary Prize 2018, and the prestigious Duff Cooper Prize for Non-Fiction 2018. It is being translated into French, Portugese, Hebrew, Chinese, and Japanese and was noted a ‘book of the year’ by several British newspapers.


    Speakers

    Julian Jackson
    Queen Mary University of London


    Sponsors

    Centre des Études de la France et du Monde Francophone

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Friday, April 26th History of a Day: Time, Terror, Agency and the Overthrow of Maximilien Robespierre

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    Friday, April 26, 201910:00AM - 12:00PMNatalie Zemon Davis Room
    Sidney Smith 2098
    100 St. George Street
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    On 27 July 1794 – 9 Thermidor year II in the new Revolutionary Calendar – Maximilien Robespierre, the most notorious politician of the French revolution, was toppled from his position on the Committee of Public safety which was running the Terror in France. He was executed the followjng evening. His overthrow is conventionally viewed as marking the beginning of the end of the Terror. Events on 9 Thermidor started with a parliamentary coup in the national assembly led by many of his colleagues on the Committee of Public Safety. It was followed by a mobilisation of the Parisian popular movement in support of Robespierre led by the Paris Commune, before the national assembly reorganised and won the day. Many historians have seen the ootcome of the day as inevitable. Yet for those who were caught up in it, it was anything but. The forces behind Robespierre looked superior to those of his opponents and the outcome of the action wavered dramatically over the 24 hours. It was a day that involved tens of thousands of Parisians. How, then, does one tell the story of those 24 hours, in ways which do justice to the experience of those Parisians and the forces of sheer contingency and chance?

    Colin Jones is Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London and since 2018 is also Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. He is Fellow of the British Academy and Past President of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of many books on the history of France including The Great Nation. France from Louis XIV to Napoleon (1715-99) (2002), Paris: Biography of a City (2004), The Smile Revolution in 18th-century Paris (2015) and Versailles (2018).


    Speakers

    Colin Jones
    Queen Mary University


    Sponsors

    Department of History

    Centre des Études de la France et du Monde Francophone


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  • Friday, April 26th The French Trials of Cléophas Kamitatu: Refugee Politics, Leftist Activism, and Françafrique in 1970s Paris

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    Friday, April 26, 20193:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Description

    In the 1970s, the French lawyer Jean-Jacques de Félice served as defense counsel for Cléophas Kamitatu-Massamba of Congo-Zaïre, who was expelled from France in 1972 even though he had obtained political refugee status. At the request of Mobutu Sese Seko, the French Minister of the Interior had censored Kamitatu’s critical portrayal of the Mobutu regime, La Grande Mystification du Congo (published by François Maspero Press in 1970). The Kamitatu case illustrates how, even as France ratified the 1967 Protocol of the Geneva Convention on Refugees in 1971, immigration, censorship, and late Gaullist era Africa policies dominated political discussions. The attempts to censure Kamitatu’s book published by a French publisher and to deport him despite his status as political refugee show how various facets of French government engaged with international laws regulating refugees and deportation at the very time that Jacques Foccart, who had oriented France’s Africa policy since 1958, sought to integrate Congo-Zaïre into France’s sphere of influence in Africa. Kamitatu’s story thus exposes the network of Jacques Foccart as detrimental to French civil liberties, African opposition politics, and international refugee protocols alike. The chapter draws primarily on Kamitatu’s legal case files in the archives of his lawyer, Jean-Jacques de Félice. It places cause lawyering in historical perspective, promotes use of the lawyer’s archive as fertile historical method, and considers state and non-state actor networks in a common analytical framework.

    Meredith Terretta earned her PhD in African history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds the Gordon F. Henderson Research Chair in Human Rights and teaches history at the University of Ottawa. She specializes in themes of African liberation movements, legal activism, histories of refuge-seeking, and human rights. She has recently coedited African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights (Ohio University Press, 2015). Her most recent single-authored book is Nation of Outlaws, State of Violence: Nationalism, Grassfields Tradition, and State-Building in Cameroon (Ohio University Press, New African Histories Series, 2014). Her articles appear in numerous journals including The Journal of Contemporary History, The Canadian Journal of History, Matériaux pour l’histoire de notre temps, Politique africaine, The Journal of World History, Human Rights Quarterly, and The Journal of African History. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Activism at the Fringes of Empire: Rogue Lawyers and Rights Activists In and Out of Twentieth Century Africa. She is President of the Canadian Association of African Studies.


    Speakers

    Meredith Terretta
    University of Ottawa



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  • Monday, April 29th Between Trauma and Nostalgia: Public Opinion and Identities in Donbas after 2014

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    Monday, April 29, 20193:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Oleksii Polegkyi is a Bayduza Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta and member of Political Communication Research Unit at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Previously he was a research fellow at the Graduate Institute of Russian Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan and visiting post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg in Hungary. He earned PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Wroclaw, Poland and the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He received an MA in Philosophy from the T. Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine and was a recipient of the Taiwan Fellowship Program, Lane Kirkland Fellowship, Open Society Foundation Fellowship as well as research grants from Polish National Science Centre, Erste Foundation and others. His research interests include post-communist transformations in post-Soviet area, media and political discourse in Ukraine, foreign policy, nation and identity building in the post-Soviet states.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Oleksii Polegkyi
    Speaker
    Bayduza Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

    Lucan Way
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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