(In)Equality Platform: Conference on Recolonising Empires

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Conference: Recolonising Empires during the Cold War


On the 30th and 31st of May, the (In)Equality Platform is happy to announce a conference on 'Recolonising Empires during the Cold War: Transitional Social Movements and Social Policy in Post-Colonial Areas' organized by dr. Marco van Leeuuwen and dr. Michele Mioni. Below, you can find the complete program, as well as the diverse international crowd of scholars who will come. If you're interested, make sure to register, as spaces are limited. 


Organised by the (In)Equality Platform IOS, Utrecht University

Thursday, 30th May (Day 1) Janskerkhof 15A, room 001

  • 10:15 – 10:30​       Welcoming of participants and institutional introduction (Marco van Leeuwen, Utrecht University)
  • 10:30 – 10:45​       Scientific introduction (Michele Mioni, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)  
  • 10:45 – 12:00       Panel 1 (Discussant: Paul Van Trigt, Leiden University)
    • ‘International democratic organizations’: Transnational socialist and anti-colonial networks (Mikuláš Pešta, Charles University Prague)
    • The role of INGOs in the process of decolonisation: a global perspective (Agata Troost, Groningen University, Marco H.D. van Leeuwen, Utrecht U1niversity)
  • 12:00 – 13:30        Lunch break
  • 13:30 – 14:45        Panel 2 (Discussant: Michele Mioni, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
    • The Ariel foundation, broker of British interests (Geert van Goethem, Ghent University)
    • Trade Union Contacts, Works Councils, and Self-Management: Workers’ Participation in Yugoslavia, Zambia, and Tanzania from the 1960s to the 1980s (Immanuel Harisch, University of Vienna)
  • 14:45 – 15:00       Coffee break
  • 15:00 – 16:15        Panel 3 (Discussant: Paul Van Trigt, Leiden University)
    • We are 36 million women from five continents”: WUCWO''s transnational catholicism and social welfare beyond Europe and the decolonising world (1930s-1970s) (Inmaculada Blasco Herranz, Universidad de la Laguna, Natalia Núñez Bargueño, Universidad de Castilla la Mancha)
    • East-South Internationalism and the protection of mothers and children (Yulia Gradskova, Södertörn University)

Friday 31st May (Day 2) Janskerkhof 2-3, room 109

  • 9.15 – 10.00       Panel 4 (Discussant: Michele Mioni, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
    • Unlikely Social Actors at the End of Empire: Colonial troops as vehicles of (very) late social welfare (Carlos Miguel Jorge Martins, European University Institute)
  • 10:00 – 10.15    Coffee break
  • 10:15 – 11:30     Panel 5 (Discussant: Frank Gerits, Utrecht University)
    • The 1969 Ahiara Declaration: Biafra’s Populist Welfare Vision and Its Resonance in the Global North (Norbert Götz, Södertörn University)
    • The Catholic welfare action in the French overseas territories between decolonisation and the cold war (Marialuisa Lucia Sergio, Roma Tre University)
  • 11:30 – 12.00     General discussion and conclusive remarks


Hybrid Option

If you would like to follow the conference online, you can do so via the Teams links below. Please choose a link according to the time of the panels you would like to attend: 

May 30th (10:15 - 12:00) - attend here

May 30th (13:30 - 16:15) - attend here

May 31st (9:15 - 12:00) - attend here


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To register, please do so through the link here