Researcher

My Expertise

  • colonial history
  • history of treaty-making, European expansion, dispossession
  • French History
  • Native American history
  • European history
  • global history

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Global and world history, History of empires, imperialism and colonialism, Transnational history, International history, History of ideas, History and philosophy of law and justice, European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman), North American history, Middle Eastern and North African history, British history

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Biography

I research and teach the global history of empires. I am interested in the political and legal history of colonisation; the imperial experiences of colonised peoples; and the dynamics of cross-cultural encounters -- these are all issues that have an impact upon contemporary problems. My current research view more

I research and teach the global history of empires. I am interested in the political and legal history of colonisation; the imperial experiences of colonised peoples; and the dynamics of cross-cultural encounters -- these are all issues that have an impact upon contemporary problems. My current research reassesses the legal and political worlds in which European and non-European societies interacted and challenges recent evaluations of the history of international law. I am examining, more particularly, the ways in which diplomatic negotiations between European and non-European polities were a matrix for a hybrid law of nations.

I will be Visiting Professor at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge in Lent 2023.

From 1 February 2023 to 31 January 2027, I will be British Academy Global Professor at the University of Oxford.

 


My Grants

  • British Academy Global Professorship Programme, 2023-2027. Topic: Legal Encounters at the Origins of International Law.
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2015-2022. Topic: The engagement of colonised peoples with empire (Algeria, 1830-1962)
  • Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council, 2011-2015. Topic: Indigenous land claims in historical context
  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008. Topic: Assimilation and Empire

My Qualifications

Licence, Université Lyon III-Jean Moulin; MA Université Lyon III and Université de Montréal; Ph.D. Histoire et Civilisations, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).


My Awards

  • British Academy Global Professorship, University of Oxford, 2023-2027
  • Visiting Professorship, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, Lent 2023
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2015-2019
  • 2014 UNSW Dean's Award for Best Monograph for Assimilation and Empire: Uniformity in French and British Colonies, 1541-1954 (Oxford University Press)
  • Visiting Professorship, Université Paris 8, April 2014
  • 2013 New South Wales Premier's General History Prize for Assimilation and Empire: Uniformity in French and British Colonies, 1541-1954 (Oxford University Press)
  • Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council, 2011-2015
  • National and State Libraries Australasian Honorary Fellowship, 2011
  • US Studies Centre Research Grant, 2010
  • University of Sydney Bridging Fellowship, 2009
  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008
  • Georges Lurcy Fellowship, 1995
  • Lavoisier Program of Excellence Fellowship, 1994
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1994

My Research Activities

Open access publications

'What is a colonial treaty? Questioning the visible and the invisible in European and non-European legal negotiations', Comparative Legal History, 2022, https://www.tandfonline.com/share/6QKSKYQWIQNT7IXUAEAA?target=10.1080/2049677X.2022.2131525

‘Politics and Gender Bias in the Production of Historical Knowledge: Reassessing Muslim Loyalism during the Algerian War of Independence’, Hespéris-Tamuda, 2021.

‘Commemorating French Colonialism in Australia: On the Lapérouse Monument in Sydney’, History Australia, 2020.

'Emancipation within Empire: An Algerian Alternative during the Decolonisation Era’, History Workshop Journal,  2019.

'Greatness and Decadence in French America', Renaissance Studies, 2012.

‘Assimilation and Racialism in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Colonial Policy’, The American Historical Review, 2005.

‘Être français en Nouvelle-France: Identité française et identité coloniale aux dix- septième et dix-huitième siècles’ (trans. Being French in New France: French Identity and Colonial Identity in the 17th and 18th century), French Historical Studies, 2004.

 

 

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

  • colonial history
  • comparative history of European empires
  • comparative indigenous histories
  • history of ideas and history of political thought
  • European history
  • French history
  • Native American history 
  • American history
  • global history

My Engagement

Member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2019-2021)

Member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) College of Expert Reviewers (2019-2021)

External Reviewer for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Assessor for the European Research Council
 


My Teaching

Teaching:

  • ARTS 1270 Global History
  • ARTS 2272 The European World, 1500-1800
  • ARTS 3270 Reflecting on Histories and Historians: Capstone
  • ARTS 3290 Visions and Voices of Empire

Areas of HDR supervision:

  • colonial history
  • comparative history of European empires
  • comparative indigenous histories
  • history of ideas and history of political thought
  • Native American history
  • European history
  • American history
  • global history
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Publications

by Associate Professor Saliha Belmessous

Research Activities

This ARC-funded project aims to challenge long-held ideas about empire and the role of subject peoples. It endeavours to question the view that resistance was the obvious way in which colonised peoples responded to European domination. It is designed to explore the proposition that colonised peoples engaged with empire, its structures and values in more complex and various ways than has been assumed. Individuals and communities worked inside the structures of imperial rule and identified opportunities whereby they could improve their lives and work towards their emancipation and…