Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations, and the End of Empire

Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations, and the End of Empire


2 September 2011


The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala and The United Nations Association Westminster Branch will hold a one-day conference on Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations, and the End of Empire at the University of London Senate House on Friday 2 September 2011, to mark the 50th anniversary of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld”s death. Convenors: Dr Mandy Banton and Dr Susan Williams

Please return all registration forms to Troy Rutt at troy.rutt@sas.ac.uk

Venue: The Chancellor”s Hall, Senate House, University of London

Website: http://commonwealth.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences/dagh.html

9.30 – Tea/Coffee and Registration

9.45 – Welcome and introduction

Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Dr Henning Melber, Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation David Wardrop, Chairman, United Nations Association, Westminster Branch

10.00 – Session I: Global Power Shifts (Chair: David Wardrop, Chairman, UNA Westminster Branch)

  • Professor Wm. Roger Louis, CBE, Kerr Professor of English History and Culture and Director of British Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, “Hammarskjöld, the United Nations, and the Middle East”
  • Dr Asahiko Hanzawa, Faculty of International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, “An invisible surrender: the United Nations and the end of the British empire”
  • Professor David Anderson, Professor of African Politics and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford, “The Cold War in Africa”

11.30 – Coffee

11.40 – Session II: Reviewing the Past (Chair: Dr Sarah Stockwell, Senior Lecturer in Imperial and Commonwealth History, King’s College London)

  • Dr Benjamin Zachariah, Reader in South Asian History, University of Sheffield, “The place of the United Nations in Indian foreign policy thinking”
  • Ludo De Witte, Brussels, author of De Moord op Lumumba, 1999 [published in English as The Assassination of Lumumba, 2001], “Belgium, the Congo, and the assassination of Patrice Lumumba”
  • Baron Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE, PC, diplomat, historian and former British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, “”A Ringside View”, a personal flavour of seeing and working with Dag Hammarskjold”

1.10 – Sandwich lunch
2.00 – Session III: Oral and Documentary Historical Sources (Chair: Dr Marion Wallace, African Curator, British Library)

  • Declan Power, security and defence journalist, Dublin, “The use of oral history to uncover the voices of Irish peacekeepers in the Congo”
  • Hans Kristian Simensen, Gothenburg, Secretary to the Scandinavian Committee of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, “Ndola, 18 September 1961: from witness statements to the official reports. More questions”
  • Dr Edward Hampshire, Principal Records Specialist, Diplomatic and Colonial, The National Archives of the UK, “The British official record”

3.30 – Tea

3.45 – Session IV: The United Nations and the Legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld (Chair: Professor Philip Murphy, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

  • James-Emmanuel Wanki, Irish Aid Anna Lindh Research Fellow, Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Limerick, “Disarming war, arming peace: The Congo Crisis, Dag Hammarskjöld”s legacy and the future role of MONUC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”
  • Professor Manuel Fröhlich, Professor of Political Science, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, “The Hammarskjöld Tradition and Global Leadership”
  • Dr Henning Melber, Executive Director, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala, “Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and Africa”

5.30 – Wine reception and launch of Who Killed Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa by Susan Williams, published by Hurst, September 2011

Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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