Tubman Speaker Series: Dr. Eric Jennings on “African Experiences in the Free/Fighting French Ranks, 1940-1944”

The Tubman Speaker Series is pleased to present Dr. Eric Jennings and his talk on “African Experiences in the Free/Fighting French Ranks, 1940-1944” on Tuesday, October 15th at 3:30-5:00 [S701 Ross].

Dr. Jennings, Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto, will talk about French Equatorial Africa and Cameroon under Free French rule; in particular, the centrality of sub-Saharan Africa for the early Fighting French movement will be considered, paying special attention to issues of legitimacy and coercion. His presentation is based on his soon to be published book, La France libre fut africaine from Editions Perrin.

In addition to his forthcoming book, Eric Jennings’ areas of interest include 19th and 20th century France, French colonialism, decolonization, and the francophone world. His Dalat, the Making and Undoing of French Indochina (U. California Press, 2011, to be released in French with Payot under the title Dalat, une nostalgie coloniale) is a multi-angled study of a French colonial hill station in Southeast Asia. Its focus lies on place, power, and colonial fault lines. Curing the Colonizers (Duke UP, 2006, translated into French as A la Cure les Coloniaux! PUR, 2011) was situated at the crossroads of the histories of colonialism, medicine, culture, leisure, and tourism. In 2001, Jennings published Vichy in the Tropics (Stanford UP translated into French with Grasset in 2004 under the title Vichy sous les tropiques) a book that explored the ultra-conservative and authoritarian Vichy regimes colonial politics, and the formation of new colonial identities in the French Caribbean, Indochina, and the island of Madagascar. He is the recipient of the Alf Heggoy and Jean-François Coste prizes as well as the Palmes académiques.

Also check out the rest of our Tubman Speaker Series for 2013/2014 and the Working Paper Series.

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