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France and the Mediterranean

International Relations, Culture and Politics


Edited By Emmanuel Godin and Natalya Vince

This multidisciplinary edited volume examines wide-ranging exchanges between France and its Mediterranean neighbours and their impact. It questions the changing notion of a Mediterranean space and its representation, centrality and relevance in terms of France’s international relations under Sarkozy’s presidency, from the launch of the Union for the Mediterranean and its complex articulations with the European Union’s own agenda in the region, to the tortuous relations with Libya, made even more complicated by the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’. Beyond the realm of state relations and formal policy networks, the volume examines the crucial role played by diasporas, the interplay between postcolonial and transnational representations in the fields of cultural diplomacy, cinema and architecture, and considers how these can produce merged or hybrid identities. Later in the collection, the politics of ethnicity in post-war France, the interplay between negative perceptions of Islam and the changing memory of the Algerian War, and the evolution of Franco-Algerian relations since 1962 are used to question the weight of the colonial past when analysing the relations between France and North Africa.


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Notes on Contributors Gérald Arboit is research director of the Centre Français de Recherche sur la Renseignement. He holds a PhD in contemporary history from the University of Strasbourg. He is a consultant to France’s Ministry of Foreign Af fairs, as part of the Mediterranean Cultural Workshop (2008–11), and to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The author of several books and articles, he also teaches at various universities in France. Manar Ezzat Bayoumi was awarded her PhD in economics by Cairo University in 2009. Her research centred on climate change in the Mediterranean, with a focus on actors, strategy and representation. She is currently a researcher at the Institute of Agricultural Economics, Cairo. Mary Ben Bonham is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University, Ohio. In her teach- ing and research, she investigates contemporary buildings as manifestations of culture that incorporate evolving building technologies. Having worked as an architectural intern in Paris, she has a special interest in the relation- ship between building technology and culture in France. Andrea Brazzoduro holds a PhD from ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome and the University of Paris X (2011). His book on French Veterans of the Algerian War of Independence is to be published in 2012 (Soldati senza causa in una guerra senza nome, Roma-Bari: Laterza). Beyond Francophone studies, his research interests include the history of colonialism, the anthro- pology of war and violence, the history of memory, oral history and post-...

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