In 2016 I received an NWO Veni grant for my new research project: ‘Eurafrica. African perspectives, 1917-1970s’. Over the next years the European Union and various African countries are re-examining their relationship in terms of, for example, trade (Cotonou agreement is expiring in 2020) and migration. In the next few years (2017-21) I will analyse the history of the interaction between actors from these two continents relating to the concept of Eurafrica. The idea of Eurafrica suggested that Europe and Africa were interdependent and complementary continents. It has generally been examined from European, and particularly French, perspectives. It is necessary to also examine the other side of the Eurafrican idea and analyse how African actors, in particular various civil society actors from West Africa, engaged with, or rejected this idea.
This project is situated in my broader research interests at the intersection of European and world history. In the past I have worked on civil society networks surrounding various international organisations such as the League of Nations, on anti-colonial, European and socialist networks in the post-1945 period, and on the influence of colonialism on the European movement in France and the Netherlands, two 'imperial nation-states', in the interwar period, which I examined in my PhD dissertation.
Conceptually I am interested in themes such as transnationalism, civil society, empire, decolonization, regionalism and regionalization.
I welcome enquiries from graduate students with interests related to the topics above.