MES 381 • THE COLONIAL SITUATION IN ALGERIA AND BEYOND
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
This seminar will engage the problem of understanding the "colonial situation" in the French colonies. Political exclusion, social inequalities, and a steep cultural divide typically mark this situation, and at its heart is the question of power and its distribution in society. It is a field that encompasses many different actors: the colonized and the colonizer of course but also those who cross the this divide for their own individual ends, or those who serve the diverse social constellations that emerge out of colonial rule. To understanding this situation, we will engage authors who have made a cautious retreat from macrostructural explanations of colonialism, and we will turn an attentive eye to the local, the everyday, and microhistory to seek the otherwise hidden plots of French colonialism, plots marked by displacement and the echoes of other dramas.
Participation 35% Final Paper 65%
A Desert Named Peace: The Violence of France's Empire in the Algerian Sahara; Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters; An Empire Divided: Religion, Republicanism, and the Making of French Colonialism; Native Sons: West African Veterans and France in the Twentieth Century; Curing the Colonizers: Hydrotherapy, Climatology, and French Colonial Spas; Slavery and Colonial Rule in French West Africa; Making Algeria French: Colonialism in Bône; Paths Of Accommodation: Muslim Societies & French Colonial Authorities; The Suffering of the Immigrant; The Politics of the Veil