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Colonial Transactions

Colonial Transactions


Florence Bernault, "Colonial Transactions", Cogito, Research Magazine, 13 Feb. 2020

In her most recent work, “Colonial Transactions: Imaginaries, Bodies, and Histories in Gabon” (Duke University Press, 2019), historian of Sub-Saharan Africa and researcher at the Centre d’histoire, Florence Bernault examines “moments” between colonised and colonisers when ideas, things, power and status were negotiated. Through her work she deconstructs piece by piece the vision of two worlds with impervious imaginaries.
Why did you write this book?
Florence Bernault: This book is the continuation of my work on the political and cultural history of Central and Equatorial Africa, central to which are the transformations that occurred during and after the colonial period. But the question outlined in this book – the interpenetration of European and African imaginaries of power in the context of colonial domination – is closely tied to the long history of relations between Africa and Europe. [Read more]


Florence Bernault