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Opening Lecture: Mis-remembered: Africa and Africans in and after the First World War

King's Building, Strand Campus , London

11 Nov
A French Senegalese soldier giving a drink to wounded French soldier, Dardanelles Expedition, 1915
A French Senegalese soldier giving a drink to wounded French soldier, Dardanelles Expedition, 1915: Image courtesy of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King’s College London.
Part of Africa Week 2019

Please join us for the first public lecture of King’s Africa Week, an event that marks Armistice Day, hosted by the Africa Research Group (War Studies) at King’s College London. Our guest speaker, Dr Daniel Steinbach (University of Exeter), will discuss the under-recognised role by play Africa and African agency in the First World War.

This lecture will discuss how the outbreak of war challenged underlying racial concepts and practices of colonialism and how the perception of ally versus enemy changed in August 1914. It will explore how the war on the one hand increased the imperial grip on colonial subjects and yet, on the other hand, allowed Africans to use the upheaval as an opportunity for social advancement. Finally, the lecture will reflect on the sensationalised memory of war in Africa and the minimised recognition of African contribution to this war.


Dr Daniel Steinbach is a lecturer in Modern History at the University of Exeter specialising in comparative European colonial history.

He studied at the Humboldt Universität Berlin (MA) and Trinity College Dublin (PhD) and was a postdoc at King's College London working on an interdisciplinary project on global cultural encounters during the First World War. He will take up a position at the University of Copenhagen later this year. His research is concerned with the social and cultural impact of the First World War on the colonial societies of East Africa. He is especially interested in the interaction between African, Indian, and European soldiers and civilians in the colonial theatres of war and the representation and memory of these campaigns in Europe and Africa.

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