I would like to develop a course on France and Algeria based in an affiliation with a research institute in Algeria. I was trained as a French historian in the 1980s, when the French encounter with Algeria was considered at most a regrettable footnote in a continental national narrative. French history is now implicated in North African and world history in ways it simply was not during my years of graduate study. For their part, students these days are much more accustomed to thinking in transnational terms. Developing this course provides me for me to retool in the classroom by keeping up with emerging student interests. I would travel to Algeria, as my first visit to the Mahhrib or anywhere in Africa, to develop contacts at the Centre d'Études maghrébiens en Algérie (CEMA) in Oran. CEMA is a major center for the advanced study of North Africa, and brings together junior and seniors scholars from the Maghrib, France, and the Anglophone world. My exploration proposal involves spending two weeks in Algeria, during which I would have an affiliation with CEMA. I would be attending talks, meeting other scholars, and carrying out research in the CEMA library and other libraries in Oran. My medium term goal would be to develop a full proposal for a longer visit, probably in June 2012. I would teach a course on France and Algeria beginning in the Fall Semester 2012.