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Elizabeth Ann Foster
Tufts University (Somerville, MA 02144-2401)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017

Catholics and the End of the French Empire in Sub-Saharan Africa

A book-length study of Catholic positions on the future of French Africa from 1945 until 1965.

Decolonizing Faith will be an innovative historical book-length study that crosses borders between France and its sub-Saharan African colonies to delve into the complexity of Catholic positions on the future of French Africa before and just after independence, from 1945 until 1965. Linking European history, African history, and religious studies, it will examine decolonization from an entirely new angle. It will bring to life a Franco-African Catholic world that had been forged by conquest, colonization, missions, and conversions. Its denizens, who included French missionaries in Africa, their superiors in France, African Catholic students in France destined to become leaders in their home countries, African Catholic intellectuals, young African clergymen, and French and African lay activists, were all preoccupied with the future of France’s African colonies, the place of Catholicism in Africa, and whether their loyalties should lie with the Vatican, France, or emerging African states.