Associate Professor Saliha Belmessous

Associate Professor of History

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).

School of Humanities & Languages

Contact

9385 2362
362 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: North American History, History: European, History: African, British History, History of Ideas
Tags: Understanding Past Societies

I research and write about European colonial ideologies and the imperial experiences of indigenous peoples. I am currently working on a ARC-funded project which 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 that of their communities. This project focuses on the entire period of French rule in Algeria (1830 to 1962).

Over the last few years, I have also been engaged in a research project that focuses on European and non-European legal interactions from the 15th to the 19th century. I have, in particular, included Indigenous voices in the debate over European appropriation of overseas territories and argued that imperial legal negotiations and claims were also a product of these cross-cultural interactions. I am now studying the ways in which diplomatic negotiations between European and non-European polities were a matrix for a hybrid law of nations.

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Belmessous S, 2020, 'Peace Treaties Between Colonial Powers and Indigenous Peoples in North America', in Dingel I; Rohrschneider M; Schmidt-Voges I; Westphal S; Whaley J (ed.), Handbuch Frieden im Europa der Frühen Neuzeit/ Handbook Peace in Early Modern Europe, De Gruyter, Munich
    • Belmessous S, 2019, 'La négociation diplomatique comme matrice d’un droit hybride au XVIIIe siècle', in Schnakenbourg E; Ternat F (ed.), Une diplomatie des lointains: la France face à la mondialisation des rivalités internationales, XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles
    • Belmessous S, 2018, 'The Treaty of Waitangi in Historical Context', in Hickford M; Jones C (ed.), Indigenous Peoples and the State: International Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi, edn. 1, Routledge, London, pp. 85 - 101, https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351240369/chapters/10.4324/9781351240376-11
    • Belmessous S, 2015, 'The Tradition of Treaty-Making in Australian History', in Belmessous S (ed.), Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion, 1600-1900, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 186 - 213, http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199391783.do
    • Belmessous S, 2015, 'The Paradox of an Empire by Treaty', in Belmessous S (ed.), Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion, 1600-1900, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 1 - 18, http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199391783.do
    • Belmessous S, 2012, 'Wabanaki versus French and English claims in north-eastern North America c. 1715', in Belmessous S (ed.), Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 107 - 128, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/native-claims-9780199794850?cc=au&lang=en&
    • Belmessous S, 2012, 'The problem of indigenous claim making in colonial history', in Belmessous S (ed.), Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 3 - 18, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/native-claims-9780199794850?cc=au&lang=en&

    Journal articles

    • Belmessous S, 2012, 'Greatness and Decadence in French America', Renaissance Studies, vol. 26, pp. 559 - 579, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-4658.2012.00820.x
    • Belmessous S, 2006, 'Le monument Lapérouse à Sydney ou l'histoire d'un mythe colonial franco-australien', Outre-Mers. Revue d'Histoire: explorations, colonisations, indépendences, vol. 94, pp. 51 - 68, http://www.persee.fr/doc/outre_1631-0438_2006_num_93_350_4189
    • Belmessous S, 2005, 'Assimilation and Racialism in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Colonial Policy', American Historical Review, vol. 110, pp. 322 - 349, http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/531317
    • Belmessous S, 2004, 'Etre français en Nouvelle-France: Identité française et identité coloniale aux dix-septième et dix-huitième siècles (trans. Being French in New France: French and colonial identity in the 17th and 18t', French Historical Studies, vol. 27, pp. 507 - 540, https://muse.jhu.edu/article/171199

    Creative Written Works

    • Belmessous S, 2018, Indigenous and European laws of nations in North America to 1763, Trajectories. Newsletter of the ASA Comparative and Historical Sociology Section

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching:

  • ARTS 1270 Global History
  • ARTS 2272 The European World, 1500-1800
  • ARTS 3290 Empires in World History

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

Honours and prizes

  • 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.

Grants

Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2015-2019. 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

Engagement and Professional contributions

Assessor for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Assessor for the European Research Council
Assessor for the Australian Research Council