I graduated from the University of Rome with a focus on the cultural and intellectual history of the Franco-Algerian War. During my PhD, carried out jointly between the Universities of Rome and Paris, I came to focus on contemporary social frames of memory, particularly regarding French veterans. In so doing I joined the Institut d’histoire du temps présent (Ihtp, Paris).
Following this, I held fellowships at École des hautes études en sciences sociale (Ehess, Paris), Maison méditerranéenne de sciences de l’homme (Mmsh, Aix-en-Provence), and Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle (Chs, Paris).
In 2015 I moved to Oxford as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Faculty of History, and I joined Trinity as Junior Research Fellow.
My research interests include: Twentieth-century France and the Mediterranean (especially focusing on Algeria and decolonization), history of representations and social uses of the past (memory studies, oral history, and epistemology), critical theory and postcolonial studies (with a particular focus on the Mediterranean, and the relationships between France, Algeria, and Italy, in the past and in the present). Detailed CV and Publications on Academia.
twentieth-century French history (4th & 5th Republic, colonialism and decolonization)
history of representations and social uses of the past (memory studies, oral history and epistemology)
postcolonial criticism (with a particular focus on the Mediterranean, and the relationships between France, Algeria and Italy, in the past and in the present)
As Marie Curie Research Fellow I’m currently working to my new book, which aims to investigate the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962) from a new perspective. I propose to frame a transnational history of the war, going beyond both the (opposing) French and Algerian (national) narratives, to resituate the war in its Mediterranean, European, and eventually its global contexts. This general research objective, however, will be achieved by using a microhistorical approach: instead of looking at the conflict as a generic “whole” and examining its reverberations in an elusive “collective memory”, the project focuses on a specific region, the Aurès-Nememcha in the Algerian south-east. At the core of this project are the specific experiences and memories of French and Algerian veterans who fought each other for eight years in this mountainous, Berberophone area. Who were they? What kind of war were they fighting, and why? And fifty years after the ceasefire, how do the citizens of each country cope with their combat memories? Less than “collective memory”, what is at stake here is a genealogy of the present—both in Algeria and France—by means of an investigation into the social frames of memory.
• Paolo Mieli, Corriere della Sera, 10 July 2012
• Anna Foa, L'Osservatore Romano, 29 August 2012
• Angelo Del Boca, I Sentieri della Ricerca, September 2012
• Alessandro Triulzi, il manifesto, 11 October 2012
• Goffredo Fofi, Lo Straniero, November 2012
• Daniele Rocca, L'indice dei libri, December 2012
• Renate Siebert, Il Mestiere di Storico, V, 1/2013
• Grazielle Gaballo, Quaderno di Storia Contemporanea, 2013, 54
• Gilbert Meynier, Insaniyat, 18 (2014), 65-66
• Santo Peli, Passato e Presente, 33 (2015), 95
Köln Concert. Retour sur un « cohérent délire » postcolonial
Oral Histories and Postcolonial Memories: Towards a Multi-Vocal Narrative of the Algerian War of Independence
La Suisse et la guerre d’indépendance algérienne, 1954-1962 by Damien Caron
Histoire et mémoires, conflits et alliance
(Paris: La Découverte, 2013)
L’histoire orale en questions
d’Almeida, Fabrice & Maréchal, Denis (eds.)
(Paris: INA, 2013)
Voir/ne pas voir l'Algérie. La gauche italienne et la guerre d'indépendance algérienne
Schede. Algeria. La guerra d'indipendenza cinquant'anni dopo
Oltre il magnetofono. Fonti orali, storiografia, generazioni
L’Italia e la guerra d’Algeria (1954-1962) by Bruna Bagnato
Il Memoriale della guerra d'Algeria. L'uso politico di un conflitto senza fine (1962-2012)