Strategies of imperial control in arid and semi-arid environments

All Souls College, Old Library, Oxford
Saturday 12th October 2013 (09:00-17:30)
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Workshop funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of England and All Souls College, Oxford, in partnership with the Maison française d'Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Global History.

Venue: All Souls College, Old Library, Oxford

Convenors: Alexander Morrison (Liverpool University and All Souls College) and Berny Sèbe (Birmingham University)


9.00 - 9.15
Introduction: Alexander Morrison & Berny Sèbe

9.15 - 10.00
Keynote 1

Sid-Ahmed Kerzabi (Association des Amis du Tassili n’Ajjer, Algiers)
Les forts sahariens: un héritage de guerre à réutiliser dans un contexte culturel ?

10.00 - 10.30 - Coffee break

10.30 - 12.30
The Sahara

Benedetta Rossi (University of Birmingham)
Kinetocracy: Towards a Model for Nomadic Government in Desert-like Environments

Judith Scheele (University of Oxford)
The colonial conquest of northern Chad: a necessary failure?

Berny Sèbe (University of Birmingham)
Traces of Conquest: the multiple layers of architectural heritage in the Sahara

12.30 - 14.00 - Lunch break

14.00 - 16.00
Central Asia

Cloé Drieu (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
The 1916 Central Asian Uprising and the 'pacification' of Semirechie

Moritz Deutschmann (Institute of Historical Research)
Slavery and imperial liberation? Russia, Iran, and the Turkmen in the nineteenth century

Alexander Morrison (University of Liverpool / Nazarbayev University)
Grain, meat and agrarian colonization on the Syr-Darya Line, 1847 - 1860

16.00 - 16.30 - Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30
Keynote 2

Jacques Frémeaux (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Le Sahara, désert des Tartares?

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