Presentation: Darcie Fontaine (University of South Florida) "Refugees, Sovereignty, and Humanitarian Anxiety: Regroupment Camps and the Limits of Universal Rights in the Algerian War of Independence"

Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2016

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, 10 - 11h30 AM, Fauteux Hall, FTX570, (57 Louis Pasteur, uOttawa)

This talk will explore the story of the “discovery” of the Algerian regroupment camps in 1959 and the subsequent attempt by French colonizers to define and justify their treatment of the more than two million Algerian civilians who had been forcibly removed from their homes and placed into camps by the French military during the Algerian War of Independence. In particular, I will examine how terms like “refugee,” “concentration camp,” and “genocide,” which gained a particular kind of power in Europe in the aftermath of World War II, shifted meanings in the context of empire, and how humanitarian language and actions enabled the French to paper over their colonial crimes and deny rights to colonized peoples.

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