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Matthew G. Stanard
Berry College, P.O. Box 495010, Mount Berry, Georgia 30149-5010
Phone: (706) 290-2157, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph.D. Modern European History, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2006
M.A. Modern European History, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2001
B.A. magna cum laude with Honors in History, Wake Forest University, 1995
Attestation-Diplôme, Centre International d’Études Françaises, Université de Bourgogne, fall 1993
Professor, Department of History, Berry College, August 2018-present.
Associate Professor, Department of History, Berry College, August 2012-18.
Chair, Department of History, Berry College, 2015-18.
Coordinator, National and International Scholarships and Fellowships, Berry College, 2011-2015
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Berry College, 2006-12.
European Overseas Empire, 1879-1999: A Short History. Wiley, 2018.
Selling the Congo: A History of European Pro-Empire Propaganda and the Making of Belgian Imperialism. University of Nebraska Press, 2011.
European Empires and the People: Popular Responses to Imperialism in France, Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Italy. With John M. MacKenzie (editor), Giuseppe Finaldi, Bernhard Gissibl, Vincent Kuitenbrouwer, Berny Sèbe. Manchester University Press, 2011.
Articles and book chapters
“‘Il passato (coloniale) non è affatto morto, anzi non è nemmeno passato’: la storia dell’imperialismo, la decolonizzazione e le culture europee dopo il 1945.” Translated by Guido Mattia Gallerani. Scritture Migranti: Rivista di Scambi Interculturali, issue “Europa/Europe,” vols. 9-10 (2015-16): 81-110.
“Post-1945 Colonial Historiography and the New Imperial History.” In The Colonial Past in History Textbooks: Historical and Social Psychological Perspectives, edited by Karel Van Nieuwenhuyse and Joaquim Pirès Valentim, pp. 13-30. International Review of History Education series, Information Age Publishing, 2018.
“Revisiting Bula Matari and the Congo Crisis: Successes and Anxieties in Belgium’s Late Colonial State.” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 46, no. 1 (2018): 144-168.
“‘Boom! Goes the Congo’: The Rhetoric of Control and Belgium’s Late Colonial State.” In Rhetorics of Empire: Imperial Discourse and the Language of Colonial Conflict after 1900, edited by Martin Thomas and Richard Toye. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017.
“Après nous, le déluge: Belgium, Decolonization, and the Congo.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Ends of Empire, edited by Martin Thomas and Andrew Thompson. Oxford University Press, 2017.
“Belgian Colonial Rule.” In Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, edited by Thomas Spear. Revised edition. New York: Oxford University Press, July 2017.
“The colonial past is never dead. It’s not even past: Histories of Empire, Decolonization, and European Cultures after 1945.” Jahrbuch für Europäische Geschichte/European History Yearbook. Invited peer-reviewed 2016 Forum article. December 2016.
“Interwar Crises and Europe’s Unfinished Empires.” In The Oxford Handbook of Europe 1914-1945, edited by Nicholas Doumanis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Online Sept. 2014, forthcoming 2016.
“Belgium, the Congo, and Imperial Immobility: A Singular Empire and the Historiography of the Single Analytic Field.” French Colonial History 15 (2014): 87-109.
“Digging-In: The Great War and the Roots of Belgian Empire.” In Empires in World War I: Shifting Frontiers and Imperial Dynamics in a Global Conflict, edited by Andrew Tait Jarboe and Richard S. Fogarty, pp. 23-48. London: I.B. Tauris, 2014.
“Violence and Empire: The Curious Case of Belgium and the Congo.” In The Routledge History of Western Empires, edited by Robert Aldrich and Kirsten McKenzie, pp. 454-467 (Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2013).
“Vendre le Congo: propagande pro-impériale et fabrique de l’impérialisme belge” In Nouvelle histoire des colonisations européennes (XIXe-XXe siècles): sociétés, cultures, politiques, edited by Amaury Lorin and Christelle Taraud, pp. 53-64. Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2013.
“Belgian Colonial Rule.” In Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, edited by Thomas Spear. New York: Oxford University Press. June 2013.
“King Leopold’s Bust: A Story of Monuments, Culture, and Memory in Colonial Europe.” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 12, no. 2 (September 2011). 7,800 words.
“‘Made in Congo’? On the Question of Colonial Culture in Belgium.” Bibliographic review essay of Congo in België: Koloniale cultuur in de metropool, Vincent Viaene, David Van Reybrouck, and Bambi Ceuppens, editors (Leuven: Universitaire Pers Leuven, 2009). Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire / Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis 88 (2010): 1301-1318.
“Interwar Pro-Empire Propaganda and European Colonial Culture: Toward a Comparative Research Agenda.” Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 44, no. 1 (2009): 27-48.
“Imperialists without an Empire: Cercles coloniaux and Colonial Culture in Belgium after 1960.” In The Human Tradition in Modern Europe, edited by Cheryl Koos and Cora Granata, 155-169. The Human Tradition around the World series. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.
“Selling the Empire between the Wars: Colonial Expositions in Belgium 1920-1940.” French Colonial History, vol. 6 (2005): 159-178.
“‘Bilan du monde pour un monde plus déshumanisé’: The 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and Belgian Perceptions of the Congo.” European History Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 2 (2005): 267-298.
Response to Roundtable reviews of Selling the Congo: A History of European Pro-Empire Propaganda and the Making of Belgian Imperialism by Matthew G. Stanard (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011. H-Diplo Roundtable Review. September 2014.
Review of European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917-1957 by Dina Gusejnova (Cambridge University Press, 2016). H-Empire. November 2018.
Article review of Anne-Sophie Gijs, “Fighting the red peril in the Congo. Paradoxes and perspectives on an equivocal challenge to Belgium and the West (1947-1960),” Cold War History 16: 3: 273-290. H-Diplo article review 696. 11 May 2017.
Review of A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo by Nancy Rose Hunt (Duke University Press, 2016). Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 72, no. 2 (Apr. 2017): 236-238.
Review of British Humanitarianism and the Congo Reform Movement, 1896-1913 by Dean Pavlakis (Ashgate, 2015). American Historical Review 122, no. 1 (Feb. 2017): 251-252.
Review of The Burdens of Empire: 1539 to the Present, by Anthony Pagden (Cambridge, 2015). H-Empire. September 2016.
Review of Battleground Africa: Cold War in the Congo, 1960-1965 by Lise Namikas (Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2013). American Historical Review 120, no. 5 (Dec. 2015): 2012-13.
Review of Emanuele Saccarelli and Latha Varadarajan, Imperialism Past and Present (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). H-Empire. 10 December 2015.
Review of Battleground Africa: Cold War in the Congo, 1960-1965 by Lise Namikas (Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2013). American Historical Review 120, no. 5 (2012-2013).
“Culture, Colonies, and the Capital: Paris, the Black Atlantic, and Empire’s Effects on France.” Review essay on Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution, Pascal Blanchard, Sandrine Lemaire, Nicolas Bancel, and Dominic Thomas editors (Indiana University Press, 2014) and Paris, Capital of the Black Atlantic: Literature, Modernity, and Diaspora, Jeremy Braddock and Jonathan P. Eburne (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). History: Reviews of New Books. January 2015.
Review of Divided Rule: Sovereignty and Empire in French Tunisia, 1881-1938 by Mary Dewhurst Lewis (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014). H-Diplo Roundtable Review. September 2014.
Review of Curating Empire: Museums and the British Imperial Experience, Sarah Longair and John McAleer, editors (Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 2012). Journal of British Studies 53, no. 1 (2014): 248-9.
Review of Violence and Colonial Order: Police, Workers, and Protest in the European Colonial Empires, 1918-40 by Martin Thomas (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). H-Diplo Roundtable Review XV, no. 5 (September 2013): 19-23. http://www.h-net.org/~diplo/roundtables/PDF/Roundtable-XV-5.pdf
Review of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason K. Stearns (PublicAffairs, 2011). H-Empire (http://www.h-net.org/~empire). June 2012.
Review of Patrimoine d’Afrique centrale, Archives films: Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, 1912-1960, Patricia van Schuylenbergh and Mathieu Zana Aziza Etambala, editors (Tervuren: Royal Museum for Central Africa, 2010). Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire / Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis 90, no. 2 (2012): 605-607.
Review of African Agency and European Colonialism: Latitudes of Negotiation and Containment, Femi J. Kolapo and Kwabena O. Akurang-Parry, editors (Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2007). H-French Colonial (http://www.h-net.org/~frenchco). November 2009.
Review of La Belgique et le Congo: Empreintes d’une colonie 1885-1980 by Guy Vanthemsche (Brussels: Complexe, 2007). Ex Plus Ultra. (http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/publications/ex-plus-ultra/images/stanard.pdf). September 2009.
Review of Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East by Juan Cole (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). H-French Colonial (http://www.h-net.org/~frenchco). June 2009.
Review of Murder in Marrakesh: Émile Mauchamp and the French Colonial Adventure by Jonathan Katz (Indiana University Press, 2006). H-French Colonial (http://www.h-net.org/~frenchco). April 2008.
Review of That Sweet Enemy: The French & British from The Sun King to the Present by Robert and Isabelle Tombs (Knopf, 2007). History News Network (http://hnn.us). February 2007.
Works in progress and forthcoming
“Visual Culture.” Under review at Réflexions Historiques/Historical Reflections.
“Lumumba’s Ghost: A Historiography of Belgian Colonial Culture.” The MacKenzie Moment: Essays Presented to Professor John M. MacKenzie. Eds. Martin Farr and Stephanie Barczewski. Palgrave Macmillan, Britain and the World series. Forthcoming 2018.
“African Art and Post-Colony Belgium: Collecting, Culture, and Colonialism’s Continuance.” In Decolonising Europe? Popular Responses to the End of Empire. Co-edited by Berny Sèbe and Matthew G. Stanard. In progress, and under contract with Routledge.
Decolonising Europe? Popular Responses to the End of Empire. Edited collection, co-edited with Berny Sèbe. Under contract with Routledge.
“Ce n’est pas de la propagande si on sort victorieux de la guerre: Triumph des Willens et Bwana Kitoko comparés.” Paper presentation. French Colonial Historical Society Annual Conference, Aix-en-Provence, France, June 2017.
“Some ABCs of Post-Colony Belgium: Africana, Belgian Collections, and the Decolonization Experience.” Paper presentation. The End of Empire Conference. Birmingham, U.K., 13 January 2017.
“Shuttering the Colonial Past: The Circulation of Pro-empire Photos and Film in Belgium after 1960.” Paper presentation. 31st Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities. University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia, 23 September 2016.
“Lumumba’s Ghost: A Historiography of Belgian Colonial Culture.” Paper presentation. Festschrift Conference in honour of Professor John M. MacKenzie. Edzell, Scotland, July 2016.
“Belgians across the Kongo: Collecting, Curators, and Colonialism at the Tervuren Museum.” Paper and slideshow presentation in conjunction with “Kongo Across the Waters” exhibit. New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, La, May 15, 2015.
“De la mort, une naissance: 1914-18 et la création de l’Empire belge.” Paper presentation. Une guerre oubliée? Les colonies d’Afrique Centrale dans la Première Guerre Mondiale. Brussels, Belgium, December 2014.
“Damage Control: Belgian Attempts to Manage Perceptions of the Congo 1950-1960.” Paper presentation. European History Section of the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia, November 2014.
“Colonial Violence: Popular and Academic Takes on Belgium, Violence and Empire.” Paper presentation. Association of Third World Studies, Mount Berry, Georgia, October 2012.
“Belgium, the Congo, and Imperial Immobility: A Singular Empire and the Historiography of the Single Analytic Field.” Paper presentation. French Colonial Historical Society Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 2012.
“Washington, Lumumba, and the Sepulchral City: Belgian Propaganda in Favor of Empire, U.S. Diplomacy, and the Congo Question, 1945-1960.” Research presentation. 2011 National History Center Decolonization Seminar, Washington, D.C. August 2011.
“King Leopold’s Bust: A Story of Monuments, Culture, and Memory in Colonial Europe.” Paper presentation. Society for French Historical Studies, The Citadel. Charleston, S.C., February 2011.
“Clearing the Jungles: Interwar European Visions of Modernity in the Colonies.” Paper presentation. Culture and International History IV, Universität zu Köln. Cologne, Germany, December 2009.
“Une culture coloniale ‘française’ ou ‘européenne’? Imperialistic Culture in France since 1871 in Comparative Perspective.” Paper presentation. French Colonial Historical Society Annual Conference. San Francisco, California, May 2009.
“Is There Life after Empire? Colonial Clubs and Belgian Culture after 1960.” Paper presentation. European History Section of the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting. Richmond, Virginia, October 2007.
“European Imperial Propaganda and Colonial Culture: The Interwar Years.” Research presentation. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University. Miami Beach, Florida, June 2007.
“How to Use the Empire to Build the Nation, or the Congo at Belgian World’s Fairs, 1885-1958.” Paper presentation. American Historical Association 120th Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2006.
“Selling the Empire between the Wars: Colonial Expositions in Belgium 1920-1940.” Paper presentation. French Colonial Historical Society Annual Conference. Washington, D.C., May 2004.
“The Meaning of Colonial Monuments in Belgium.” Paper presentation. Encountering Modern French History: A Conference Honoring the Contributions of William B. Cohen. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, December 2003.
“The 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and Belgian Perceptions of the Congo.” Revised paper presentation. University of Memphis Graduate Conference in European History. Memphis, Tennessee, February 2001.
“The 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and Belgian Perceptions of the Congo.” Paper presentation. Indiana University History Graduate Student Association Annual Conference. Indiana University-Bloomington, March 2000.
“Eurocentrism in Teaching World History: Western Civilization and Its Discontents.” Southern Union, Professional Learning Community. Video conference. 26 September 2017.
“The Congo and Decolonization: From Belgian Empire to Cold War Crisis.” Universidad del País Vasco, Leioa Campus, Spain. 4 April 2017.
“Imperial Hangovers: European Pro-Empire Propaganda, Memory, and History—A case study from Belgium.” West Georgia University. Carrollton, Georgia, March 2016.
Invited speaker for post-screening discussion of Bwana Kitoko (André Cauvin, 1955). 6th Annual “Congo in Harlem” film and event series, Maysles Cinema, New York, New York, 21 October 2014.
“Sigurd Hlodvirsson, the Menin Gate, and the Humanities.” Berry College Opening Convocation. Mount Berry, Georgia. August 2014.
“The Heart of Darkness and a Love of Empire: Pro-Empire Propaganda and Imperialistic Enthusiasm in 20th Century Belgium.” Invited talk. Berry College Evans School InProgress series. Mount Berry, Georgia, March 2012.
“A Historical Perspective for Service Today.” Invited talk. Berry College Lambda Sigma Chapter induction. Mount Berry, Georgia, March 2012.
“The Curious Case of Belgium and the Congo.” Research presentation. Butler University Global and Historical Studies. Indianapolis, Indiana, February 2012.
“Using Online Simulations to Teach History.” Teaching presentation. Berry Innovators series, Berry College. Mount Berry, Georgia, February 2009.
“History of the United Nations.” Invited lecture. Merrill Gardens Retirement Community. Rome, Georgia, October, 2007.
“Ballantine Days.” Invited keynote talk. Indiana University-Bloomington Department of History annual honors luncheon. Bloomington, Indiana, April 2006.
National History Center Decolonization Seminar, 2011
Wolfsonian-Florida International University Fellowship, 2006-07
Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship, 2002-03
Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award, Berry College, 2014
Berry College Faculty Development Grant, 2010, 2012, 2013
Berry College Summer Research Stipend, 2007, 2011
Berry College Evans School Travel Grant, 2006-2011 & 2013-2015 (declined)
Berry College Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) Award, 2008
Berry College Center for Teaching Excellence Summer Course Development Grant, 2008
Indiana University Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship, 2005-06
Indiana University Doctoral Student Grant-in-Aid of Research, 2003
Indiana University History Department Dissertation Fellowship, 2003
Indiana University Hill Fellowship, 2003
Indiana University Susan O’Kell Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2003
Indiana University Friedlander Fellowship, 2002 (declined)
Indiana University Graduate School Chancellor’s Fellowship, 1999-2002, 2003-05
Universidad del País Vasco (Vitoria, Spain), Ph.D. defense committee member, thesis of Linda Palumbo Olszanski, April 2017
Berry Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Development Resources, 2017-present
Berry College Faculty Development Committee, 2008-12, 2017-present
Berry College Promotion & Tenure Committee, 2016-17
Berry College Academic Council, 2015-17
Ph.D. defense committee, Anne-Sophie Gijs, Louvain-la-Neuve, December 2014
Berry College Evans School Promotion & Tenure Committee, 2014-16
Berry College Planning Council, 2011-2015
Berry College Council on Student Scholarship, 2011-2015
Berry College Department of History search committee chair, 2012-13
Berry College Faculty Hearing Committee, 2012-13
Berry College Secondary Education Minor Task Force, 2012
Manuscript reviewer, Social Sciences and Missions (2017), Journal of Belgian History (2017), Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire/Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis (2016), International Politics (2016), Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (2016), History Compass (2016), Journal of Third World Studies (2014), The Historical Journal (2013), Manchester University press (2011), Bedford/St. Martin’s (2011), European History Quarterly (2006)
Proposal reviewer, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen, 2012, 2016
H-France Review Book Solicitation Editor, 2010-12
Berry College General Education Review Task Force, 2009-2013
Berry College Teacher Education Unit committee, 2007-2015
Berry College Department of History newsletter editor, 2006-2015
Berry College Student Government Association faculty advisor, 2010-11
Berry College Krannert Center Activities Board faculty advisor, 2009-10
Berry College Evans School Green Committee, 2008-2011
Berry College Center for Teaching Excellence advisory committee, 2007-08
Berry College QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) committee, fall 2007
Berry College European Studies Program committee, 2006-07
Panel/roundtable chair and/or commentator for numerous local, national and international conferences
IU-Bloomington History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) newsletter editor, 2004-05
American Historical Review editor search committee, 2003-04
IU-Bloomington History Department Graduate Affairs Committee, 2002
IU-Bloomington HGSA Annual Conference and Professional Development Coordinator, 2000 and 2001
Honors and Affiliations
Phi Kappa Phi
Omicron Delta Kappa
Phi Alpha Theta
Member, American Historical Association
Member, European History Section, Southern Historical Association
Member, French Colonial Historical Society
Member, The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History
Member, Society for French Historical Studies
Other Professional Experience
Manager, State Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers of America. Washington, D.C. 1997-99. Coordinated strategy on industry issues and managed all legislative and regulatory affairs in 27-state region for national trade association. Wrote articles for, and supervised production of, weekly legislative report and monthly newsletter.
Representative, Environmental Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers of America. Washington, D.C. 1997. Lobbied U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on federal environmental issues. Edited association newsletter with circulation of more than 3,000.
Assistant, State and Environmental Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers of America. Washington, D.C. 1996-97.
Intern, Office of Congressman Nathan Deal. Washington, D.C. 1996.
Loan Processor, OBA Federal Savings and Loan Association. Gaithersburg, Md. 1995-96.