Transnational and Imperial Histories of Education and Science

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I have been researching the history of Europe and colonial Africa in a transnational and trans-imperial perspective, with a focus on education and science.

I studied at the University of Geneva, the Ecole Normale Supérieure (as Pensionnaire étranger) and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. After receiving my PhD in 2012 in history from the University of Geneva and the EHESS, I have held visiting positions in the Universities of Heidelberg, Paris 1, Sciences Po Paris and Oxford. Between 2016 and 2019, I was research fellow at the Institute of Political Studies of the University of Lausanne, as well as the co-Director of the Centre of International History and Political Studies of Globalization (2017-2019).

My first book – L’école républicaine et l’étranger (2015) – explores the wide range of transnational circulations and exchanges that shaped French school reforms in the second half of the 19th century. This research has been awarded the Louis Cros Prize in 2013 and the ISCHE First Book Award in 2017.

My ongoing project focuses on colonial education and aims at providing a connected history of imperial and international policies in French Africa (1945-1961). A new monograph, tentatively entitled Missions modernisatrices. La France et l’Unesco en Afrique coloniale, 1945-1961, is currently in preparation.

I am also working on a new project on the history of trans-imperial scientific cooperation in colonial Africa (1920s-1960s). It will highlight how institutions such as the Scientific Council for Africa and the Commission for Technical Cooperation in Africa South of Sahara shaped new research practices and discourses in an age of imperial crisis.

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A new edited book is out (October 2020)!

Repenser la “mission civilisatrice”. L’éducation dans le monde colonial et postcolonial au XXe siècle

Co-edited with Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo and Hugo Gonçalves Dores.


Internationaliser les savoirs, moderniser le colonialisme. Edgar Barton Worthington et le Conseil scientifique pour l’Afrique, 1949-1955

22 octobre 2020, 18h15

Département d’Histoire générale, salle SO19


I have just published a new article in the journal Paedagogica Historica, also avalaible online. It focuses on the intersections between education, development and internationalism in French colonial Africa

(ahead of print, August 2020)

Réformer l’Empire: éducation de base et développement en Afrique coloniale française (1945–1956)


I am the co-editor (with Marie-Luce Desgrandchamps) of this special issue of the French Journal Histoire@Politique (n. 41, 2020).

Contributions of Bertrand Taithe, Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, Eleanor Davey, Angela Villani, Juliette Dumont, Yi-Tang Lin, José Pedro Monteiro, Lucile Dreidemy, Marie-Luce Desgrandchamps, Damiano Matasci

All articles are open access. Link


Coopérations, circulations et trajectoires trans-impériales en Afrique (fin du XIXe siècle-années 1960)

Appel à contributions pour un numéro thématique de la Revue d’Histoire Contemporaine de l’Afrique, coordonné par Damiano Matasci (Université de Genève) et Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo (Université de Coimbra)

Deadline: 1 octobre 2020


« Um paradigma para o desenvolvimento: a « educação de base » e os limites da cooperação internacional na África colonial (1945-49) », in Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, José Pedro Monteiro (eds.), Os Impérios do Internacional: casos, dinâmicas e perspectivas, Coimbra, Edições Almedina, 2020, pp. 275-296.

More information here


Internationalism(s) and Education during the Cold War. Actors, Rivalries and Circulations

International conference, University of Lausanne

June 24-25, 2021

Convenor with Raphaëlle Ruppen Coutaz

Logo, booklet of the International Youth Congress in Copenhagen, August 1958 (Clinchy Papers, Social Welfare History Archives, University of Minnesota)

NEW BOOK (Open Access)

Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa. Policies, Paradigms, Entanglements, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, “ISCHE Global Histories of Education series”, 2020.

Co-editor with Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo and Hugo Gonçalves Dores.

Thanks to the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation this book is available in open access.


Internationaliser les savoirs, moderniser le colonialisme. Edgar Barton Worthington et le Conseil scientifique pour l’Afrique, 1949-1955

8 April 2020, 18h

Credits: Weston Library, Oxford


« Humanités et citoyenneté. L’enseignement des lettres et des langues en France, en Belgique et en Suisse au XIXe siècle », Histoire de l’éducation, no 149 (2018, but published in 2019).

Co-editor with Mara Donato di Paola.


« (De)Constructing the Global Community: Education, Childhood and the Transnational History of International Organizations », in Fuchs, Eckhardt, Vera, Eugenia Roldán (eds.), The Transnational in the History of Education. Concepts and Perspectives, Palgrave MacMillan, 2019.

Book launch at the University of Porto on July 18, 2019.

About me

I am currently a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Department of History of the University of Geneva.