Towards a postmodern national narrative? The Algerian war memorial and contemporary French landscapes of memory.

Towards a postmodern national narrative? The Algerian war memorial and contemporary French landscapes of memory.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
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Venue: 
ESC Seminar room
Speaker(s): 
Andrea Brazzoduro (Deakin Fellow, St Antony’s College)
Chair: 
Robert Gildea (Worcester College)
Series: 
ESC Lunchtime Seminar

 

This event may be postponed due to strike action

 

Dr Andrea Brazzoduro is Deakin Fellow at the European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College. He joined Oxford in 2015 as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Faculty of History and Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College.

His research interests include: decolonization (especially focusing on Twentieth-century France, Algeria, and the Global 1960s), history of representations and social uses of the past (memory studies, oral history, and epistemology), critical theory and postcolonial studies (with a particular focus on the Mediterranean, and the relationships between France, Algeria, and Italy, in the past and in the present). 

He is currently working to his new book, which aims to frame a transnational history of the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962), going beyond both the (opposing) French and Algerian (national) narratives, to resituate the war in its Mediterranean, European, and eventually its global contexts. Inseparable from such rewriting is critical attention to the construction and voicing of individual, familial, and local memories and memorialisation (and the concomitant forgetting, or silences) of the war, and its key role in social memory in Algeria and France since 1962.  

Dr Brazzoduro holds a PhD from the Universities of Rome and Paris (Institut d’histoire du temps présent). Following this he has held fellowships at École des hautes études en sciences sociale (EHESS, Paris), Maison méditerranéenne de sciences de l’homme (MMSH, Aix-Marseille University), and Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle (CHS, Paris I - Sorbonne).