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Exploring Global Histories of Education, Childhoood and Science

Welcome to my website!

I have been researching the history of Europe and colonial Africa in a transnational and transimperial perspective, with a focus on education, childhood and science. In this website, you will find information about my research activities and publications.


BOOK: Internationalizing Colonial Education

My new monograph is out!

Internationaliser l’éducation. La France, l’UNESCO et la fin des empires coloniaux en Afrique (1945-1961), Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2023.

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Open Edition Books

CALL FOR PAPERS: Exploring Geneva (post)colonial past

La « Genève (post)coloniale » : sources, histoires, mémoires

Journées d’étude, 9-10 novembre 2023

Copyright: Bibliothèque de Genève

ARTICLE: The History of Locust Control in Colonial Africa

« Gouverner la nature, moderniser le colonialisme. Hans J. Brédo, la recherche antiacridienne et la coopération interimpériale en Afrique (années 1930-années 1950) », Histoire@Politique.Politique, culture, société, no 48, 2023.


SPECIAL ISSUE: Transimperial Histories of Africa

Coopérations et circulations transimpériales en Afrique

A special issue of the Revue d’histoire contemporaine de l’Afrique, n. 3, 2022

All articles are available in open access. Check out my article « Une histoire transimpériale de l’Afrique. Concepts, approches et perspectives« , co-written with Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo

We will present this special issue at the 2022 Swiss Researching Africa Days, Bern, on Saturday 29 October 2023. Many thanks to Claire Nicolas for organizing this event!


International workshop

European Histories of Education: Methods, Approaches, and Prospects

University of Geneva, 15-16 September 2022

ESSAY REVIEW: Decolonizing Education

Check out this scholary essay review I just published in the African Studies Review. I discuss five outstanding books that offer new insights into the « decolonization » of education. Open access here

« Decolonizing Education: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges », Africa Studies Review, vol. 65, no. 3, 2022, pp. 761-770.

BOOK CHAPTER: Education and Developement

This chapter provides an overview on the historical interconnections between education and development during the 20th century.

« Education, Development and North-South Relations in the 20th Century », Corinna R. Unger, Iris Borowy, Corinne A. Pernet (eds.),The Routledge Handbook on the History of Development, London, Routledge, 2022.

More information here


Very glad to participate at the 2022 Pierre Du Bois Conference on inter- and transimperial history.


Looking forward to participating at the workshop « Une guerre civile globale? Théories et pratiques de libération entre antifascisme et décolonisation« , to be held in Paris on April 1, 2022. Take a look at the programme.


Very glad to take part at this exciting seminar in Coimbra. I will present the first results of my « Locusta project ».


De la comparaison aux circulations: l’histoire de l’éducation aux prises des jeux d’échelles

Workshop Helitte.ch, HEP Vaud, 8h30-17h45, salle C33-229

ARTICLE: International Organizations and the (Post)Colonial World

See my contribution to the Encyclopédie d’histoire numérique de l’Europe, available online

« Les organisations internationales et l’éducation en contexte (post)colonial », Encyclopédie d’histoire numérique de l’Europe, 2021.

ARTICLE: Writing Global History

This new article provides a comparative analysis on the way the intellectual project of “histoire mondiale” has been tought and implemented in various national contexts.

« L’histoire mondiale: un modèle historiographique en question », Revue suisse d’histoire, vol. 71, no 2, 2021, pp. 333-346.

Proud to be part of this new collective project, Humanity internationalized: cases, dynamics and comparisons (1945-1980), coordinated by José Pedro Monteiro and hosted by the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (2021-2024).

Humanity internationalized: cases, dynamics, and comparisons (1945-1980) (HINT) is an international project that will scrutinize the ways in which humanitarian andH human rights arguments, norms and policies became an institutionalized topic of international affairs, connected to decolonization. This will be done in different chronologies and in relation to distinct colonial and post-colonial geographies and trajectories, considering diverse international institutions (governmental and non-governmental). HINT is based on multiple archives, and is comparative in nature. It will encourage international scientific cooperation, while enhancing the knowledge and competencies of the national scientific system. HINT engages with two of the most important ongoing scholarly debates in international historiography. First, the one about the historical connections between imperial and colonial dynamics, and their markers of coercion, discrimination and inequality, and the internationalization and institutionalization of humanitarian and human rights regimes. Second, the one about the interdependence between the histories of international organizations and of European late colonialism and decolonization. HINT will do so by assessing, in a comparative way, the various dynamics of internationalization of particular events and processes taking place in colonial contexts that shaped the emergence and historical evolution of humanitarian and human rights regimes – distinct but entangled phenomena –, evaluating as well some related post-colonial manifestations. These processes of internationalization were frequently anticolonial in nature, but they also entailed projects of imperial resilience, both sides being duly analyzed by the project. HINT will be empirically and analytically anchored in specific cases that became the object of systematic interest in international organizations.

More information here.


This themed issue of Paedagogica Historica explores the historical interconnections between internationalism and imperialism in colonial and postcolonial Africa.

Internationalism, Imperialism, and Education in Africa: Connected Histories, Paedagogica Historica. International Journal of the History of Education, vol. 57, no 3, 2021.

Articles by Damiano Matasci, Constantin Katsakioris, Anton Tarradellas and Tim Kaiser. Available here


The final programme of the international conference Internationalism(s) and Education during the Cold War. Actors, Rivalries and Circulations (Lausanne, June 23-25, 2021) is now available.

The event is open to the public upon previous registration.


I am the co-editor of this special issue of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (with Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo):

Imperialism, Internationalism and Globalisation in Twentieth Century Africa

Articles by Marta Grzechnik (University of Gdańsk), Geert Castryck (University of Leipzig), Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo (University of Coimbra), Matthew Unangst (Jacksonville University), Lola Wilhelm (University of Geneva), Damiano Matasci (University of Geneva), José Pedro Monteiro (University of Coimbra), Andrea Brazzoduro (University of Oxford)

Have a look at my two articles, available here:

« Imperialism, Internationalism and Globalization in Twentieth Century Africa », The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 48, no 5, 2020, pp. 793-804 (with Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo).

« Internationalizing Colonial Knowledge. Edgar Barton Worthington and the Scientific Council for Africa, 1949-1956 », The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 48, no 5, 2020, pp. 892-913.


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. More information here.


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

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

(ahead of print, August 2020)

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I am the co-editor (with Marie-Luce Desgrandchamps) of this special issue of the French Journal Histoire@Politique (no. 41, 2020):

De la « mission civilisatrice » à l’aide au développement dans les pays du Sud: acteurs, pratiques et reconfigurations au XXe siècle

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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


« 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

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NEW BOOK (Open Access)

Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa. Policies, Paradigms, Entanglements

Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, “ISCHE Global Histories of Education series”, 2020.

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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.


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.

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« (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.

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