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 and Sciences Po Paris. 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 Les nuits de M’Boumba. Éducation, développement et coopération internationale en Afrique coloniale française, 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 in an age of imperial crisis.


NEW BOOK – FORTHCOMING IN NOVEMBER 2019

Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa. Policies, Paradigms, Entanglements, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, “ISCHE Global Histories of Education series”, November 2019.

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

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

TALK / GENEVA HISTORY SEMINAR

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

8 April 2020, 18h

Programme and information here

NEW SPECIAL ISSUE

« 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.

NEW BOOK CHAPTER!

« (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.

Contact: damianomatasci@gmail.com