Remembering Empire

Why does the memory of empire matter today?

A new five-week free online course aims at making sense of the colonial legacies which continue to shape our world today.

Developed by academics from the University of Stirling, the course will explore two different models of remembrance and delve into some of the complexities surrounding empire by focussing on the specific case-study of the French settlers in Algeria.

Understanding colonial memory

The story of French Algeria is little known in the English-speaking world but is actually an excellent platform for understanding the role of colonial memory in our own troubled times. With the rise of nationalism, evidenced by Brexit in the UK and Trump in the USA, the memory of imperial pasts are called on by populist movements as proof of potential future glory. Investigating how the French settlers of Algeria remember themselves and their history in colonial Algeria can shed light how myths about colonialism are formed, and why they might not tell us the whole story.

Course details

The online course will launch on 17th October and run for 5 weeks. It is free and open to anyone with an interest in collective memory, colonialism, and migration. It will be especially useful for educators and professionals in museums or the heritage sector.

The course is taught by Dr Beatrice Ivey and Dr Fiona Barclay from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Dr Barclay and Dr Ivey have also collaborated on the AHRC-funded project 'Narratives and Representations of the French Settlers of Algeria'.