Comparisons, Connections, Public Engagement: Situating Contemporary Algeria within a Global Perspective
Professor Martin Evans, Professor of Modern European History
Tuesday 8 December, 6.30pm
Chowen Lecture Theatre, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK
Algeria experienced one of the longest and bloodiest wars of decolonisation from 1954 to 1962. The country also endured incredible violence in the 1990s as the post-independence regime confronted the challenge of armed Islamist groups; a conflict that still forms the template for so much of what is happening in North Africa and the Middle East today. Within this lecture Professor Martin Evans will situate contemporary Algerian history within a global and interdisciplinary perspective. Underlining the need for an historical practice that is informed by comparisons, connections and public engagement, he will outline how this approach is defining three key collaborative initiatives at Sussex: the Resistance Archive; the Paris-London: Two Global Cities Exhibition at the Immigration Museum in Paris; and the Middle East and North Africa Centre.