Experts and Expertise in the League of Nations Mandates: Figures, Fields and Tools » that will take place at the Institut National des Langues et Cultures Orientales (INALCO), Paris, on March 26th-27th, 2015.

t is a pleasure for us to invite you to the international conference : « Experts and Expertise in the League of Nations Mandates: Figures, Fields and Tools » that will take place at the Institut National des Langues et Cultures Orientales (INALCO), Paris, on March 26th-27th, 2015.

Please find the program of conference below.

This is an open conference, of special interest for students of international relations, Modern and Contemporary history, colonial studies, Middle Eastern studies, African Studies and Pacific studies. Due to the recent upgrade of security measures in France and in Paris in particular, we invite everyone who wishes to attend to bring proof of ID, the presentation of which might be asked of them at the entrance of the INALCO.

The languages of the conference will be English and French.

The Institut National des Langues et Cultures Orientales is located close to the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand metro station, 65, rue des Grands Moulins – 75013 PARIS :,2.376229,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x597fb78edf2d647e?sa=X&ei=RobcVMuUBIPyaqHegvgE&sqi=2&ved=0CHkQ_BIwDg

For more information, contact :

Philippe Bourmaud :

Norig Neveu :

Chantal Verdeil :

We are looking forward to an exciting conference.

The organization committee :

Philippe Bourmaud (Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3)

Norig Neveu (Institut Français du Proche-Orient)

Chantal Verdeil (IUF / INALCO)

Conference Program :

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

8.45: Welcome

9.15: Véronique Dimier, keynote lecture


10.00-13.00: 1st panel - Figures of the expert

Chair : Chantal VERDEIL. Discussion : Emmanuelle SIBEUD (Université

Paris 8 - Vincennes-Saint-Denis)

10.00-10.30: Daniel ABWA (Université de Yaoundé I Cameroun),

« Théodore Marchand, commissaire de la République française au

Cameroun (1923-1933), représentant de la France à la CPM face aux

pétitions des Camerounais »

10.30-11.00: Julie d’ANDURAIN (Université Paris IV – Paris Sorbonne),

« Robert de Caix, un expert désabusé »

11.00-11.30: Coffee break

11.30-12.00: Karène SANCHEZ (Universiteit Leiden),

« Missionnaires britanniques : experts/ contre- experts du Mandat en

Palestine ? »

12.00-12.30: Quintino LOPES (Universidade de Évora, Portugal),

« Fernando Pereira da Silva, the National Education Board [Junta de

Educação Nacional] and the League of Nations: science and diplomacy

in the 1930s »

12.30-13.00: Geoffrey D. SCHAD (University of Pennsylvania),

« The figure of the native expert: Léon Mourad in the service of the

High Commission for Syria and Lebanon »

13.00-14.30: buffet

14.30-17.30: 2nd panel - Fields of expertise

Chair: Norig NEVEU. Discussion : Michael FISCHBACH (Randolph Macon


14.30-15.00: Elizabeth WILLIAMS (Georgetown University),

« Scientific Agriculture and the Politics of Expertise in French Mandate

Syria and Lebanon »

15.00-15.30: Sarah GRISWOLD (New York University),

« Law of the Land: Experts and Antiquities Legislation in the Class A

Mandates, 1918-1926 »

15.30-16.00: Coffee break

16.00-16.30: Liat KOZMA (Université hébraïque de Jérusalem),

« Mapping prostitution in the Levant »

16.30-17.00: Nova ROBINSON (University of New Jersey),

« The Committee of Experts on the Legal Status of Women and

Measuring the Status of “All the World’s Women” »

17.00-17.30: Julia SHATZ (University of California),

« Defining the Child: Juvenile Delinquency and Competing Expertise in

Mandate Palestine »

20.00: Conference dinner

Friday, March 27th, 2015

09.00: Welcome

09.30-12.30: 3rd Panel - Tools of expertise

Chair : Simon JACKSON. Discussion : Philippe BOURMAUD (Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3)

09.30-10.00: Roser CUSSÓ (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne),

« Aux origines de l’évaluation statistique internationale : le système

mandataire de la Société des Nations »

10.00-10.30: Fuat DÜNDAR (Bilgi University),

Determining Ethnic Borders by the League of Nations Mosul Commission;

Statistics and Cartography

10.30-11.00: Lauren BANKO (SOAS / University of Manchester),

« Differences between the natives’ state of civilization’ : creating,

implementing and rationalizing nationality and citizenship in the

interwar Middle East »

11.00-11.30: Pause

11.30-12.00: Geoffrey GRAY (University of Queensland),

« We want people … who want to study real difficult problems’: the

anthropological expert in the Territory of New Guinea »

12.00-12.30: Christine WINTER (University of Sidney),

« Mixed race populations in the C Mandates: a study in ambivalence »

12.30-14.30: Lunch break

14.30-18.30: 4th panel - The limits of expertise

Chair : Philippe BOURMAUD. Discussion : Simon JACKSON (Birmingham


14.30-15.00: Alvine Henry ASSEMBE NDI (Université de Yaoundé),

« La gestion des pétitions sur le Cameroun sous mandat français par la

CPM : une contre-expertise négligée ? »

15.00-15.30: Ananda V. BURRA (University of Michigan),

« Newly Minted Experts: Petitioning the Mandates System and Anti-

Colonial Protest »

15.30-16.00: Robert GORDON (University of Vermont),

« ‘Bloody Geneva’: The Administrator of South-west Africa responds »

16.00-16.30: Coffee break

16.30-17.00: Emma EDWARDS (National University of Ireland),

« International institutions as catalysts for change? Nascent postcolonial

discourse in the International Labour Organisation 1919-47 »

17.00-17.30: Hilary Falb KALISMAN (University of California),

« Local and Colonial Educators in the Mandates for Iraq and Palestine:

Contested Expertise within National and International Frameworks »

17.30-18.30: Conclusions of the conference, Susan Pedersen (Columbia University)

The conference is organized with the support of the INALCO, the
Institut Universitaire de France, the Centre de Recherche Moyen-Orient
Méditerranée (EA 4091), the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (USR
3135), the Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3 and the Laboratoire de
Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes (UMR 5091).