Titre de la thèse : “Les enfants nés de la guerre indochinoise”

Sous la Direction de Raphaelle BRANCHE.

Eva Käuper is writing her PHD Thesis “Les enfants nés de la guerre indochinoise” under supervision of Prof. Raphaelle Branche at the University of Rouen. She is part of the european research project “Children born of war – past, present and future”. CHIBOW is a H2020 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), supporting a new generation of researchers to advance the knowledge base of the lived experiences of Children Born of War (CBOW) in a variety of 20th century conflict and post-conflict situations. The network will be running for four years from 2015 to 2019, and will enable 15 PhD researchers to work collaboratively across disciplines to provide new perspectives on this topic. The research will be focused on four themes: Experiences of children born of war in historical context, investigated in the context of four 20th century conflict scenarios; Children born of war: Children, conflict and memory; Children born of war: Children, education and citizenship; Children born of war: Children and community.

Having completed her studies of History, French and Politics at the University of Würzburg and the Université d’Avignon et des pays des Vaucluses (France) in spring 2014, Eva Käuper graduated with a Master’s degree and the German State Exam. Having an outstanding personal interest in human rights development and global citizenship, she continuously focused on violence in history and humanitarian interventions during her university studies.

Her internship and work experiences at the German Historical Institute in Rome and the Centre for Peace Research and Peace Education in Klagenfurt (Austria) in 2015 gave her the opportunity to deepen her theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of war crimes and conflict transformation in (post-)war societies by adopting an interdisciplinary approach of peace studies. Due to her educational study background and personal interest in Human Rights Education, she was working in a scientific project on children’s rights at the Centre for Peace Research which aimed to empower children to know and to claim their rights. Research work on the status and the realization of children’s rights in western societies was another part of the project.

Ever since she explored the problem of torture committed by the French Army during the Algerian War and its consequences on the individual and collective memories of different French and Algerian ‘memory groups’, she aims to continue working in the field of (post-)colonial war and violence. Her Master Thesis “The Torture in the Algerian War – between History and Memory” is published in the German periodical «publication series of the Junges Afrikazentrum Würzburg» (2/2015 – online).

In her PHD project within the CHIBOW Network, she will analyse the historical background and the psychological consequences of children born by French soldiers and Indochinese women during the French Indochina War 1946 – 1954 from their birth till today. In addition to historical archival work, she will use Oral History to draw conclusions about the life courses and living conditions of these children in the former and recent French society.