Tubman Speakers Series on the African Diaspora: Prof. Eric Jennings on October 15th

Prof. Eric Jennings, from the University of Toronto, is giving a talk at York next Tuesday, October 15, as part of the Tubman Speakers Series on the African diaspora.  Prof. Jennings’s presentation is based on material he has collected for his forthcoming book about the Free French Forces in Africa during the Second World War. 

The Title of the talk is “African Experiences in the Free/Fighting French Ranks, 1940-1944.”

DATE: Tuesday, October 15th, at 3:30-5:00


Prof. Jennings is one of the only scholars to have worked in the Brazzaville Archives since the Republic of Congo’s Civil War, and he has also carried out research in Cameroon in support of the project. His archival research includes some amazing, long-buried images and documents that he will show during the talk. 

All are welcome, and bring some friends!

A short biography is below.

Eric Jennings‘ areas of interest include 19th and 20th century France, French colonialism, decolonization, and the francophone world.  His study of French Equatorial Africa and Cameroon under Free French rule, entitled La France libre fut africaine, is forthcoming with Perrin, Paris. It considers the centrality of sub-Saharan Africa for the early Fighting French movement, paying special attention to issues of legitimacy and coercion. His Dalat, the Making and Undoing of French Indochina (U. California Press, 2011, to be released in French with Payot under the titleDalat, 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. His other publications include an edited volume with Jacques Cantier, L’Empire colonial sous Vichy (Odile Jacob, 2004), as well as many articles straddling the histories of France, Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, Africa, and the Caribbean.  He is the recipient of the Alf Heggoy and Jean-François Coste prizes as well as the Palmes académiques.

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