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.
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'.