Citizenship, between state and culture
Perceptions of (National) Belonging and Landscape among Whites in Southern Africa 1947-1966
This project by PhD candidate Julia Willén examines the position of the white subject in Africa. The study is focused on the narratives of belonging among white Africans during the post WWII period in South Africa and Southern Rhodesia, or today's Zimbabwe. The hypothesis is that a new subject position emerged as a result of political and social constraints: descendants of white settlers (often women) found themselves being in-between an old, given colonial order, and the decolonial processes of the antiracist, anti-imperial and anticolonial struggles in Southern Africa and Europe.
Omalayitsha, Transnational Practices, and the Embodying of Movement between South Western Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Xolani Tshabalala, PhD-candiditate, examines circular movement in Southern Africa in the context of entrepreneurship, multiple logics of legitimacy, and everyday interaction between travelers and state functionaries. The project builds on the ideas of the human economy and embodiment as a way to investigate how movement can be understood by those that are involved in its everyday practice. The projects specifically focuses on the practice of private transporting of goods, people and ideas between South-Western Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Reviving Colonialism through European Integration, 1920-2007
This project, led by Professor Stefan Jonsson and Professor Peo Hansen, investigates the relation of European integration to colonialism through a once influential notion: Eurafrica. With sources mainly from EU's historical archives, it shows that the incorporation into the EEC of the member states' colonial possessions was critical for the agreement on the Rome Treaty in 1957 and for the founding of EU. From the 1920s until the late 1950s, practically all working towards European integration placed Africa's geopolitical and economic incorporation into the European enterprise as a key objective.