“The Legacy of Colonization and Decolonization in Europe and the Americas”
Paris, France June 22-23, 2001
The integration of immigrants from former colonies has often proved difficult in Europe and North America. Beyond the challenges faced by every newcomer, these immigrants face obstacles that arise from national histories in which relations between indigenous populations and the colonizers were highly regulated. This conference seeks to examine the ways in which colonization and decolonization have structured opportunities for integration of migrants into European and North American societies.
The Paris conference will be the second of a series of three conferences funded by the German Marshall Fund and sponsored by The Centre d’Etude des Politiques d’Immigration, d’Intégration et de Citoyenneté, a research center located in Paris. The organizers of the series are the center’s director, Patrick Weil, Erik Bleich (Middlebury College), Laurent Dubois (Michigan State University), Stéphane Dufoix (University of Paris X-Nanterre) and Randall Hansen (Oxford University). The overarching goal of the meetings is to provide new, multidisciplinary perspectives – particularly by integrating the history of slavery, emancipation, and colonization – on contemporary debates about immigration and integration in Western Europe and the United States. The conferences will be organized in a workshop format, with papers distributed in advance. Sessions will begin with brief presentations by the authors of the papers and will focus on discussion. A selection of papers from each conference will also be prepared for publication. Some funding is available to cover travel and lodging for participants.
We invite paper proposals for the Paris conference from scholars from all disciplines working on the history and legacy of colonization and decolonization. The focus of this conference will be how France, the United Kingdom and the United States handled the question of “indigenous” population in the colonies and produced differences between races through legal and political distinctions, economic relations, social structures and/or the construction of representations of colonizers and colonized. Moreover, the conference will investigate how integration of immigrants from former colonies has been, and continues to be, influenced by the lingering effects of colonization and decolonization. We are particularly interested in papers that provide a method for making connections between the past and the present, and in efforts to take a comparative approach to these issues. What were models of colonization like in France, the United Kingdom and the United States and how did these countries relate to indigenous populations? How widespread and robust were concepts and practices of indirect rule and the “civilizing mission” ? How did the decolonization experience affect subsequent immigration and integration patterns in the three countries ? How precisely were the legacies of colonization and de-colonization transferred to questions of immigrant integration, to what extent have they been altered, and for what reasons ?
The Paris conference will be co-organized by Professor Patrick Weil, Erik Bleich and Stéphane Dufoix. It will be coordinated by Sam Spital at the CEPIC in Paris. Proposals should include a title, 1-2 page description of the proposed paper, and a curriculum vitae. Because the proposals will be evaluated in France and the United States, we request that you send one printed copy and one electronic copy (in the form of an email attachment) of all materials to
each of the addresses below.
Department of Political Science
Munroe Hall, Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753 USA
CEPIC/CHS XXème siècle
9, rue Malher
75181 Paris cedex 04
The deadline is February 28, 2001
35, rue de Paris
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