NOVEMBER 11, 2016 - Refugees, Sovereignty, and Humanitarian Anxiety

Gordon F. Henderson Speaker Series on Refugee History | Conférences Gordon F. Henderson sur l'histoire des réfugiés

As part of the Gordon F. Henderson Speaker Series on Refugee History,
the Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to present:

Refugees, Sovereignty, and Humanitarian Anxiety:
Regroupment Camps and the Limits of Universal Rights
in the Algerian War of Independence

Friday, November 11, 2016
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fauteux Hall, FTX570
(57 Louis Pasteur, uOttawa)

All are welcome.
This event will be presented in English.


  • Darcie FONTAINE | Assistant Professor of History, University of South Florida

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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