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).

Labor, Coercion, and Rights in Africa and the Indian Ocean World in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Labor coercion was a central feature of social and economic life in Africa and the IOW in the 19th and 20th centuries.   It persists to this day. Such coercion took many forms in different parts of these regions and changed over time. The core question we want to address in these workshops is why did people in so many different economic, political, social, and cultural setting turn to coercion to organize labor? Why did coercion persist so long in so many different contexts? How has coercion changed over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries?

Labor, Coercion, and Rights in Africa and the Indian Ocean World in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Labor coercion was a central feature of social and economic life in Africa and the IOW in the 19th and 20th centuries.   It persists to this day. Such coercion took many forms in different parts of these regions and changed over time. The core question we want to address in these workshops is why did people in so many different economic, political, social, and cultural setting turn to coercion to organize labor? Why did coercion persist so long in so many different contexts? How has coercion changed over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries?

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.