June 20, 2022

Virtual talk with Prof. Christopher Goscha about Colonial Monarchy and Decolonization in the French Empire

June 20, 2022, 20:00 – 21:30

Continuing the Fulbright Speakers’ Series: The World Beyond a Book, Fulbright University Vietnam cordially invites you to a virtual chat with Prof. Christopher Goscha about his journal “Colonial Monarchy and Decolonization in the French Empire: Bao Dai, Norodom Sihanouk and Mohammed V”.

The Vietnamese emperor Bao Dai has gone down in history as a colonial puppet. He lies today beneath a black, nondescript tombstone in a Parisian cemetery. Meanwhile, millions of visitors stream through ornate monuments in Rabat and Phnom Penh to pay homage to the fathers of the Moroccan and Cambodian nations, Mohammed V and Norodom Sihanouk. The French had crowned them all as their colonial monarchs during the colonial period, but only two became the national icons of their post-colonial states. This raises the simple question at the heart of this conference: why did some colonially conceived monarchs survive decolonization while others did not? To answer that question, Prof. Christopher Goscha will use a comparative framework to suggest a series of possible factors.

Join Fulbright in this thrilling talk with Prof. Christopher Goscha!

⏰Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM on Monday, June 20, 2022 (Vietnam time, GMT +7)

👉 Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/RWzR7AZWh5


Fulbright Speakers’ Series is a quest for knowledge and understanding with diverse incisive viewpoints of prominent authors, both in Vietnam and globally, venturing into a myriad of topics ranging from development history and current Vietnam in the context of globalization, to the importance of mental health in being a compassionate community member.

About the speaker:

Christopher Goscha is a professor of international relations at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). His research and teaching focuses on the Cold War in Asia, French colonialism and decolonization, the wars for Vietnam and world history. He recently published The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First Vietnam War (Princeton University Press, 2022) and Vietnam: A New History (Basic Books, 2017).