Timor-Leste: the long journey from colonialism to independence


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Session 8
Fri 09:00-10:30 Room 3.07

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Session 9
Fri 11:00-12:30 Room 3.07



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Timor-Leste was the first nation-state to gain international recognition in the 21st century, as its independence was proclaimed 20 years ago on 20 May 2002. Before that day, Timor-Leste witnessed a long period of Portuguese colonization, a process of self-determination violently interrupted by an Indonesian invasion that lasted for 24 dramatic years during which its population resisted the annexation, and an UN transitional administration laying ground for independent statehood. This panel is open to contributions focusing on any aspect of this long process. We welcome papers on the colonial legacy, the struggle for independence, the role of international actors and transnational solidarity movements, as well as contributions on the political and identity challenges raised by the construction of the new state