ANN: The UK, the French World and the Fourth Republic

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The United Kingdom and the French world during the Fourth Republic

Hybrid conference (Zoom & Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens)

Friday 30 September (Logis du Roy)


9.40. Welcome and introduction, Mélanie Torrent (UPJV) & Andrew Williams (St Andrews)

10.00-11.30Keynote lecture

Chair : Mélanie Torrent, UPJV

Martin Evans, University of Sussex/ Whiteness, consumerism, colonialism: Britain, France and the Re-Mapping of Global Boundaries 1945 – 60


11.30-11.45 Break



Session 1. What and where is overseas ? Europe, empire and the nation revisited

Chair : Richard Davis, Université Bordeaux Montaigne

      • Virginie Roiron, Sciences Po Strasbourg / From imperial to European rivals : Greater France and British conceptions of territorial integration 
  • Alice Byrne, Aix-Marseille University / Cultural diplomacy under the Fourth Republic, between Europe and Empire


13.00-13.45. Lunch



Session 2. Archiving Franco-British relations and the Fourth Republic

Chair : Quentin Gasteuil, Institut des sciences sociales du politique, ENS Paris-Saclay

  • Elise Bourgeois, Archives départementales de la Somme / Se souvenir et construire une politique mémorielle. Les relations entre la France et le Royaume-Uni pendant la IVe République vues à travers les sources aux Archives de la Somme
  • Axelle Espel, Archives municipales et communautaires d’Amiens / Les relations franco-britanniques au prisme des jumelages de l’après-guerre



Session 3. The Fourth Republic in the long term : traces, heritage and memory

Chair : Andrew Williams, University of St Andrews

  • Round table with: Laurent Césari, Université d’Artois ; Tony Chafer, University of Portsmouth ; Guia Migani, Université de Tours ; Mathilde von Bülow, University of St Andrews.


Saturday 1 October (La Citadelle, E002)


Session 3.Rethinking governance and expertise

Chair : Katja Sedel, University of Westminster

      • Thomas Irace, Université de Picardie Jules Verne / French and British colonial economics compared, c. 1944-1960
      • Véronique Dimier, Université libre de Bruxelles / The politics of comparisons: from colonial to development policies


10.45-11.00. Break


Session 4.Franco-British cooperation in resisting and managing colonial decline

Chair : Lauriane Simony, Cergy Paris University

  • Luc Brunet, the Open University / French Responses to the Imposition of Apartheid in South Africa, 1948-1961
  • Lori Maguire, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne / Britain and France in Hanoi, 1954-1958: Cooperation and Rivalry


12.30-13.00. Conclusions & perspectives/ Mélanie Torrent (UPJV) & Andrew Williams (University of St Andrews)


13.00. Lunch



This conference follows from the seminar series of 2021 (

Contact: Mélanie Torrent:

                 Andrew Williams:

With the support of the Institut Universitaire de France, the Région Hauts-de-France, Amiens Métropole, CORPUS/UPJV and the University of St Andrews

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