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Gerda Henkel grant to dr. Alanna O'Malley

Dr. Alanna O’Malley, from the Institute for History, has been awarded a research grant of €12,000 from the Gerda Henkel Foundation, based in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Foundation supports scientific projects in the field of humanities that have a specialist scope and are limited in time. Dr. O’Malley’s project is entitled: ‘Internationalism and the End of Empire: The United Nations and the Rise of the Global South, 1945-1965.’

The core aims of the project are: to understand how African and Asian interpretations of sovereignty and self-determination were legitimised at the UN; and to gain insight into the discourse between Ghana and India (as the two nations at the forefront of the drive for decolonisation), in order to comprehend what their visions of the UN were and why they sought to use this traditionally imperialist organisation to end empire. The grant will be used for research in the National Archives of Ghana in Accra, the National Archives of India and the Nehru Presidential Library in New Delhi, and the UN archives in New York. This research will form the basis of Dr. O’Malley’s second book project. Her first book, ‘Not a Time for Pride or Prejudice, Anglo-American relations at the United Nations during the Congo crisis from 1960-1964,’ is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.

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