In this lecture, Dr Jeffrey Byrne will investigate the fate of decolonisation in North Africa, with a particular focus on the fate of anti-colonial internationalism (or “Third Worldism”) following the triumph of post-colonial territorial nationalism. Dr Byrne will address a variety of questions in his talk, for instance, what is the legacy of Third Worldism? How did forces such as the Algerian Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) and the independent Algerian state reconcile their national project with a multitude of competing internationalist callings, such as pan-Arabism, Afro-Asianism, pan-Africanism, and Non-Alignment? How do we assess the legacy of Third Worldism in an even-handed manner, avoiding deterministic narratives of either the celebratory or pessimistic variety?
Speaker: Dr Jeffrey Byrne, University of British Columbia
Chair: Dr John King, Society for Algerian Studies
Date: Tuesday 9 December 2014
Location: Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn
Event Hashtag: #LSEByrne
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry.
Jeffrey James Byrne received his doctorate in history from the LSE in 2011, served as a postdoctoral fellow in International Security Studies at Yale University, and is currently Assistant Professor of history at the University of British Columbia. He studies modern international history, with a particular focus on the decolonization of Africa and the Middle East as well as the phenomenon of Third World internationalism. His work has been published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Diplomatic History, and several edited volumes. His first book, Mecca of Revolution: From the Algerian Front of the Third World’s Cold War, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.