SGS Summer Film Festival: Welcome

Kurdish teen Bilal has traveled all the way to the north of France in the hope of reuniting with his girlfriend who recently emigrated to England. He is caught in Calais and detained in a refugee camp. Desperate to see his girlfriend, he decides to swim across the English Channel, enlisting a middle-aged swimming coach to train him for his journey. Despite their differing ages and backgrounds, the two men develop a strong bond. Directed by Philippe Lioret (France, 2009).

Making the World Nuclear After Hiroshima

How did the world experience and respond to the 1945 atomic bombings? What did Hiroshima come to symbolize for the global policy frameworks of nuclear technology? How was the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki reconciled with the later development of nuclear weapons? With “Atoms for Peace”? What did we learn about the impact of radiation on human health and the environment, and what role did such knowledge play in the making of the nuclear world?

Making the World Nuclear After Hiroshima

How did the world experience and respond to the 1945 atomic bombings? What did Hiroshima come to symbolize for the global policy frameworks of nuclear technology? How was the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki reconciled with the later development of nuclear weapons? With “Atoms for Peace”? What did we learn about the impact of radiation on human health and the environment, and what role did such knowledge play in the making of the nuclear world?

DocuMentality: New Approaches to Written Documents in Imperial Life and Literature

The participants in our conference are approaching ancient documents and documentary practices from diverse periods, textual corpora, and methodological perspectives. In order to foster collaboration and dialogue between these very different projects, our conference organizers propose some key questions that our participants may wish to take into consideration.

Save the Date: Heritage Bureaucracies: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives (Day 1)

This is Day 1 of a 2-day conference that aims to further our understanding of the institutional cultures, funding schemes and power structures underlying transnational institutions, with a particular focus on heritage bureaucracies.

Film Screening: "The Battle of Algiers"

This is the third of eight films in the annual SGS Summer Film Festival running from June 17th to August 26th.  This year's festival features films from around the world that focus on the topic of “Imagining Empire: A Global Retrospective” and offers a flexible lens with which to look at both historical and contemporary geopolitical and socioeconomic contexts.

Film synopsis: In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Napoleon: Statesman, or Modern Hero? Lecture by Patrice Gueniffey, EHESS

Patrice Gueniffey is the leading French historian of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic age. His biography of Napoleon, Bonaparte, was hailed as a masterwork on its publication in France, and is forthcoming in English from Harvard University Press in April.