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Sandrine Sanos
Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5503)

War Displacement, and Gender in France, 1954-1967

A book-length study of intellectual and cultural responses to France’s colonial conflicts in Indochina and Algeria after World War II.

My book project is a cultural and intellectual history of political imagination in post-war France from 1954 to 1967. It analyzes how war, genocide, and displacement shaped political ideas and cultural identities in a time rife with conflicts both in France and abroad. While in the shadow of the Holocaust, the French empire was consumed by violence--most saliently the bloody and brutal Algerian war of independence. The project explores how anti-colonial leftist intellectuals as well as writers and artists who had migrated to France after experiencing violence proposed new ways of thinking about political community and belonging. The gendered rhetoric they used anchored their vision of politics and framed how injured and violated bodies were discussed. While most histories of the postwar period tend to cast war and displacement as exceptional, the project shows how they have become central to our political imagination in a post-colonial global society.

Project fields:
Arts, General

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 8/31/2016