Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Unrestitution: seeing the victims of France’s nuclear detonations in Algeria

25 March 2024, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Nuclear radiation warning sign

IHR Modern French History seminar with Roxanne Panchasi (Simon Fraser University)

This event is free.

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IAS Common Ground
G11, ground floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower St, London

Roxanne Panchasi is an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University. Her first book, Future Tense: The Culture of Anticipation in France Between the Wars (Cornell, 2009), examined representations of the future and the futuristic between 1918 and 1939. She has also published articles on experimental and documentary film and history. Recently, her research has focused on the cultural politics of the "French" bomb after 1945, including the history and legacies of France's nuclear weapons detonations in Algeria and French Polynesia from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s. She is also the host of the New Books in French Studies podcast.

All welcome. This event is free, but booking is required.

This Institute of Historical Research Modern French History Seminar is supported by the UCL Centre for French and Francophone Research.

The Centre for French and Francophone Research provides a showcase for the diversity of French and Francophone studies in a global context across several disciplines at UCL, including literary studies, history, philosophy, art history, anthropology, global health, and the physical sciences. The goal is to create a space for researchers and students from across the university broadly interested in the French-speaking world to share their work and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

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