“The Balfour Declaration”: What centenary

deadline for submissions: 
September 13, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of Algiers2, Department of English

“The Balfour Declaration”: What centenary

A two - day symposium at the University of Algiers 2


As we approach the centenary of the ‘Balfour Declaration’ -November 02nd, 1917- and witness the chaos and tragedy in the Middle East, it can be said that the ‘Balfour Declaration’ offered no sense of relief for the Middle East and Palestine, in particular.  The sixty-seven words letter issued by Britain’s Secretary of State  James Arthur Balfour made the Middle East one of the most vulnerable and disturbed regions in the world. With the inevitable disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, new power relations were being established by Britain and France which accelerated their imperial motion to secure what the Ottomans left behind. This coincided with a widespread anti-Semitic spirit in Europe where many Jews had been trying to move to Palestine in waves before the 1920s and 1930s.

        In order to address this notorious Declaration, we propose a debate on the historical, political and geostrategic circumstances that led to the Balfour Declaration, and how practical politics influences the making of Britain’s foreign policy. The Balfour Declaration and its ramifications at the local and global levels could be tackled with reference to a myriad of theoretical frameworks such as the postcolonial/political theory,  new historicism, ethnography, to name but a few.    

     This event will take place on 22nd/23rd November 2018 at the auditorium of the University of Algiers 2. The symposium offers -FLE- and other- students and teachers an opportunity to come together and engage in lively discussion on a variety of topics. We therefore welcome papers which examine the following themes:




I/ Of ‘The Declaration’:

- The Sykes-Picot Agreement and ‘The declaration’.

- The Balfour Declaration: Its Genesis, Objectives and Corollary.

- The Jewish ‘exodus’ to Palestine: from Conviction to Propaganda.

II/ The Reaction of the West to ‘The Declaration’:

- The British Press, Parties and ‘The Declaration’.

- The French ‘Declaration’.

-France and the Zionist movement.

-The Balfour Declaration: from the Weimar Republic to the Third Reich.

- Nazi Germany and Zionism: the Havaara Agreement.

- Italy and ‘The Declaration’.

- The US reaction to ‘The Declaration’.

- The origins of US support to Zionism.

III/ The Jews and ‘The Declaration:

- The Reaction of the German and Austrian Jews to ‘The Declaration’.

- The Italian Jews and Zionism.

IV/ The Arabs and ‘The Declaration:

- ‘The Declaration’ and its Consequences on the Arab Public Opinion.

- The Arab Political and Popular Responses to the Declaration’.

- The Arab Intellectuals, the Balfour Declaration and the Arab Nationalist Consciousness.

 Scientific Commitee :

Prof. Brahim Mansouri, Prof. Amokrane Saliha, Prof. Abdoun Med Ismail,  Prof. Djemai Fouad, Dr. Douifi Mohammed, Prof. Amrane Nadjia, Dr. Kheliouati Souad,  Prof. Abdelfettah Ahcène, Dr Beghoul Rafika, Dr. El Bezzaz Bessam, Prof. Cherefeddine Ahmed, Dr. Remili Mustapha, Hamlaoui Chaira,  Arab Hassan, Dr. Benali Souad, Ramdani Nordine.


Organizing Committee:

Prof. Brahim Mansouri, Arab Hassan, Prof. Djemai Fouad, Dr. Kaced Assiaa, Rouabhia Mohamed, Dahmane Leila, Karrah Lamia,  Dr ; Bejaoui Wafa, Dr. Bestandji Nabila, Boussafi Nawel, Ouanteur Abdelhamid, Nouni Mourad.



The Symposium will be held on 22nd and 23rd November 2018.

Summaries of the communications (300 words) must be sent before 13th September 2018.

Confirmations of acceptance will be sent by 20th September.

15th October 2018: Candidate should confirm their participation by sending the article for publication

Deadline for submission of the Papers: 02nd November 2018.


Proposals for 15-20 minute papers should include the following:

  • Full name and title
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Email address
  • A paper title and abstract of no more than 300 words.
  • Proposals should be sent by 13th September 2018 to brahim.mansouri@univ-alger2.dz
  • Candidates should also indicate whether they are current postgraduate students.


  • Languages of the symposium: English, French and Arabic
    • A written paper is required from the participants, within a week, after confirmation of acceptance of their papers.