‘Afro-Asian Networks in the Early Cold War’

September 16-17, 2016, University of Bristol

Friday 16 September

08:50-09.00 Welcome remarks – Su Lin Lewis and Carolien Stolte

09.00-10:30 Panel 1: International Relations in the Making of the Global South

Alanna O’Malley (Leiden) – Internationalism and the End of Empire: The United Nations and the Rise of the Global South, 1955-1970

Ljubica Spaskovska (Exeter) – ‘Constructing a better world’ – Yugoslav investment construction and labour mobility in the ‘South’ and the pursuit of collective self-reliance 1960-1990

Reem Abou-El-Fadi (SOAS) – Egypt’s Early Africa Policy: From the Presidency to the Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Organisation (AAPSO), 1952-9′

Chair: Simon Stevens

10:30-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-12:20 Panel 2: People’s Conferences in the Afro-Asian Era

Carolien Stolte (Leiden) – The People’s Bandung? Afro-Asianist beginnings in New Delhi, 1955

Philmon Ghirmai (Heidelberg) – Negotiating Decolonization on African Soil: Pan-African Concepts for a Postcolonial Order at the All-African People’s Conferences

Su Lin Lewis (Bristol) – The Other Left: The Asian Socialist Conference and Socialist Networks in Burma and Indonesia

Chair: Gerard McCann

12:20-13:10 Lunch

13:10-14:40 Panel 3: Non-state Internationalisms in Africa & Asia

Jan-Bart Gewald (Leiden) – Rocket Man: The Life and Times of Edward Makuka Nkoloso

Oliver Crawford (Cambridge) – Moscow or Mecca: Contesting the limits of world socialism in late-colonial lndonesia

Simon Stevens (Sheffield) – Tom Mboya, Pan-Africanist and Labour Networks and the Boycott of South Africa

[Apologies from Amanda Schuman (Freiberg) – Athletes and comrades: the People’s Republic of China and the 1950s World Festivals of Youth and Students]

Chair: Rachel Leow

14:40-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-17:00 Panel 4 – Writing and Literature in the Afro-Asian Moment

Hanna Jansen (Amsterdam) – “The spirit of Tashkent will win!” Soviet orientalists and the trials of writing world history in Asia 1954-1959

Madhu Krishnan (Bristol) – African Liberation, Asian Revolution, and the Literary Imagination

Ali Raza (Berlin/Lahore) – Cultural Wars, Afro Asian Solidarities and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, ca. 1950s – 1970s

Ruth Bush (Bristol) – Militant glossy magazines: internationalist exchange and its limits in Awa: La revue de la femme noire

Chair: Claire Shaw (Modern Languages, Bristol)

19:00 Conference dinner


Saturday 17 September

9:30-9:45 Coffee

9:45-11:45 Panel 5 – Trade Union Networks and Labour Activism

Gerard McCann (York) – Trade Unionism and the Peril of the International in Kenya, 1934-1964

Rachel Leow (Cambridge) – Labours of Afro-Asian Solidarity: The ‘Labour Bandung’ Idea in Asia, c. 1950-1965

Mathilde von Bulow (Glasgow) – Labour and Decolonisation in French North Africa

Leslie James (Birmingham) – ‘Essential things such as typewriters’: the mobilisation of discourse and the politics of expertise in the project for a new Africa

Chair: Carolien Stolte

11:45-12:45 Closing Roundtable/ Discussion

13:00 Lunch


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