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Mélanie Torrent

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Title : Senior lecturer

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Research Themes :

  • British foreign policy and diplomacy, 20th-21st centuries
  • Connected history of the ends of the European empires in Africa
  • History and politics of Commonwealth of Nations
  • International relations, multilateralism, internationalism, transnationalism

Current Projects :

I am currently working on the impact of the ends of empire on British society, diplomatic networks and European construction. My work looks at the connected history of wars of independence in the French and British empires, anticolonial movements and the redefinitions, practices and reinterpretations of the Commonwealth of Nations. My book on the British left and the war of Algerian independence (I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury) will be released in 2019.

Education and Academic Positions :

A former student of the Ecole normale supérieure de Fontenay St Cloud, I hold an agrégation in English and joined Paris Diderot in 2006 as a senior lecturer, teaching British and Commonwealth history. I have been senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (London) since 2013 and am currently a junior member of the Institut universitaire de France (2016-2021).

Administrative Responsibilities :

Current responsibilities

  • training correspondent for the CNRS (since 2014)
  • member of the Moot, the editorial board of The Round Table : the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
  • Elected member (substitute) of the Conseil national des universités (since 2015)

Research Supervision :

  • ends of empire and decolonisation
  • international relations, cultural networks, multilateral diplomacy
  • panafricanism

Selected Publications :

  • (with Claire Sanderson), (ed), La puissance britannique en question au 20e siècle / Challenges to British Power Status in the 20th Century, Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 2012.
  • Diplomacy and Nation-Building : Franco-British Relations and Cameroon at the End of Empire, Londres, I.B. Tauris, 2012.
  • (with Michael Parsons), (ed), « La politique étrangère britannique en Afrique depuis 1957 : acteurs, principes, pratiques », Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, 18 (2), 2013, [www.cercles.com/rfcb/rfcb18-2/18-2.htm].
  • « A “New” Commonwealth for Britain ? Negotiating Ghana’s Pan-African and Asian Connections at the End of Empire (1951-1958) », The International History Review, 38 (3), 2016, 573-613.
  • « ‘Brexit’ et le Commonwealth : nouveaux enjeux ? », Outre Terre, Revue française de géopolitique, 49(4), 2016, 338-361.

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