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The Department of History Colloquium presents:
Shadows in the Sun: Settler Fascism and the Works of Albert Camus
Prof. Christopher Churchill (Department of History)
Date: September 27, 2019
Time: 3 p.m.
Abstract: Albert Camus remains one of the most celebrated left-wing philosophers, novelists and dramatists in modern history. Hero of the French Resistance, his settler youth reveals a more complicated figure. He was raised in colonial Algeria. Before he moved to mainland France and on to fame, he had engaged with the far-right ideas that shaped Algerian settler intellectual communities. Fascism thrived among the European settler population in 1930s French Algeria. This talk will examine the profound but neglected influence of far-right ideas, particularly those of Oswald Spengler, on Camus's work and settler society more broadly.
Everyone is welcome.