Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Workshop: "Migration and Municipal Foreign Policy: North Africans in the Suburbs of Paris and Lyon," by Dr. Melissa Byrnes, Southwestern University

Mon, April 15, 2013 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Dr. Melissa K. Byrnes is assistant professor of history at Southwestern University, where she covers fields in French, European, and global history. Her research focuses on questions about migration, rights, empire, and humanitarianism. She is currently at work on a book manuscript, Cosmopolitan Identity and Community Activism: Arguing for North African Rights in the Suburbs of Paris and Lyon, which addresses how and why local community actors in the French suburbs began to advocate for North African migrants’ rights in the decades following the Second World War. A native of Massachusetts, Byrnes earned undergraduate degrees in history and French from Amherst College. She earned an M.A. in history, an M.S. in foreign service, and, in 2008, a Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University. Both her dissertation, French Like Us?  Municipal Policies and North African Migrants in the Parisian Banlieues, 1945-75, and her post-doctoral research in France were supported by the ACLS/Mellon Early Career fellowship program.

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Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney Meador by 9 a.m., Friday, April 12.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

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