Monthly Archives: May 2014

CFP: Transnational Circulations in Global Perspective, 1415-1960

The Carceral Archipelago: Transnational Circulations in Global Perspective, 1415-1960


13-15 September 2015, University of Leicester, UK

A conference hosted by the School of History, University of Leicester, and supported by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.

This conference will bring together historians and associated researchers of penal settlements and colonies from all over the world, during the period from Portugal’s first use of convicts in North Africa to the closure of Stalin’s gulags. It seeks to map and to analyse the transnational or global study of penal transportation and its legacies, and its relationship to the history of labour, migration and other modes of carceral confinement. The geographical scope of the conference is wide, spanning all empires and polities that used convict transportation, from and in regions stretching from the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Asia and the Pacific.

We are interested in exploring issues including: the process of conviction, convict voyaging, the nature of convict work, convict relationships with neighbouring communities, and the gendered/ raced dimensions of convict experience. We are also concerned to trace the circulation of ideas and information between penal colonies and other sites of unfree labour management and confinement. Finally, we are interested in the demographic and other impacts of convict transportation, as well as in the representation of its history in museums and heritage sites.

We invite proposals that address the full chronological scope, geographical reach and thematic concerns of the conference. We especially invite submissions that speak to histories of connection and circulation, and to literatures currently under-represented in the historiography, with respect to time and/ or place. We welcome proposals for papers, panels and roundtable discussions (please provide rationales for panels and roundtables). Postgraduates and early career researchers are of course welcome.

Proposals of 300 words and a brief bio should be sent as a Word document (saved as: SurnameTitle), with the subject line “CArchipelago Conference,” to

Travel, accommodation and conference fees may be covered for those participants without access to research funding. Please indicate clearly whether you wish to be considered for this financial assistance in your submission.

The conference will be held at the University’s dedicated residential conference facility College Court.

Closing date for proposals: 1 October 2014.

Draft programme published: 3 November 2014.

This conference is part of a 5-year project funded by the European Research Council, and based in the School of History, University of Leicester. Led by Professor Clare Anderson, the project seeks to produce a global history of penal transportation and its intersections with other forms of forced labour, migration, and confinement. For further information about the project, please consult our website.



Networks in Imperial and Global History, Reed Hall, The University of Exeter, 19 and 20 June 2014

The Imperial and Global History Network will be holding its first conference on 19th and 20th June 2014 at the University of Exeter. The conference will bring together early career scholars from across the world, discussing a range of topics including America’s Drone Empire, the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa, and Treaty Port China. Registration for the conference is now open and information about how to register can be found here

Thursday 19th June 2014

9.00-9.30         Registration

9.30-10.00       Welcome

10.00-11.00     Panel 1 

Ong Weichong, Nanyang Technological University: Post-Colonial COIN Learning: The Second Emergency in Malaysia (1968-89).

Chris Fuller, University of Southampton: Unmanned Frontiers: America’s Drone Empire and the Legislation which Underwrites It.

11.00-11.15     Break

11.15-12.45     Panel 2

Emily Bridger, University of Exeter: History from Below? Gendering Dominant Narratives of South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Struggle.

Emma Lundin, Birkbeck College: The Impact of International Exchanges on Women’s Quest for Equality within the ANC 1960-1976.

Felicity Berry, University of Sydney: ‘I cannot yet feel at home here’: How Two British Women Used Home Networks to Centre the Empire and Themselves.

12.45-13.45     Lunch

13.45-14.45     Panel 3

Kate Bruce-Lockhart, University of Cambridge: The Penal Palimpsest: Kamiti Prison and Tensions of Empire, 1954-60’

Kellie Moss, University of Leicester: Global Integrations of Convicts in Western Australia, 1850-1868.

14.45-15.00     Break

15.00-16.00     Panel 4

Charlotte Riley, University of York: Tropical Allsorts: The Transnational Flavour of British Development Policies in Africa.

Tim Livsey, Birkbeck College: Networks and the African Roots of Colonial Development.

16.00-16.15     Break

16.15-17.15     Panel 5

Jamie Martin, Harvard University: A Thinking Machine for India: The Exportation of European Economic Expertise and the Making of Modern Economic Governance in Asia, 1920-39.

Kate Boehme, University of Cambridge: Smuggling, Subversion and Salt: Baroda and the Fight for Economic Autonomy.

19.00 Conference Dinner

Friday 20th June 2014

9.00-9.30         Tea/Coffee

9.30-11.00       Panel 1

Vincent Kuitenbrouwer, University of Amsterdam: Wireless Ties: Radio Broadcasts from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies, 1927-40.

Hoi-To Wong, City University of Hong Kong: Agents and Networks: Reconsidering Transnational and Local Networks of Publishing and Bookselling between Britain and east Asia from the mid-19th century to 20th century.

Melissa Mouat, University of Cambridge: The Establishment of the Tongwen Guan and the Politics of Translation in Late Qing China?

11.00-11.15     Break

11.15-12.15     Panel 2

Kate Stevens, University of Cambridge: Connected Empires and Disconnected Rule: Law in the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides, 1906-22.

Emily Whewell, University of Leicester: The British Consular Court System in Treaty Port China: Legal connections and Disconnections with the Wider Formal and Informal British Empire.

12.15-13.15     Lunch

13.15-14.45     Panel 3

Amanda Behm, Yale University: Turn of the Century Historical Thought and the Fracturing of the British Empire.

Ivan Sablin, National Research University Higher School of Economics: Siberian and Mongolian Socialists, Buddhists and Nationalists in Post-Imperial Boundary Construction 1905-1937.

Hussein David Alkhazragi, Université de Genève: The Interplays, Interconnections and Networks between the League of Nations and the Middle East.

14.45-15.00     Break

15.00-16.00     Panel 4

Joanna Warson, University of Portsmouth: Francophone Networks in Anglophone Africa: France’s presence in Nigeria and Ghana During the Age of Decolonisation.

Poppy Cullen, University of Durham: British and Kenyan Policymakers: Connections, Consultations, and Conflicts.

16.00-16.15     Break

16.15-17.15     Roundtable Discussion

CFP: Transgressing Racial Boundaries, 1857 to the Present Day

Call for Papers: Transgressing Racial Boundaries, 1857 to the Present Day, Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town, 28-29 November 2014.

For a long time imperial historians writing on relationships that transgressed racial boundaries wrote almost exclusively of sex. More recently this work has started to open onto wider concerns, framed around the family, intimacy, emotions and affect. This symposium aims to think in new ways about relationships that cross racial bounds. These relationships were – variously – pragmatic and political, transactional, instrumental and, sometimes, deeply emotionally entwined. Most often, they combined elements of all of these. Almost always they contained conflict, not least because they were liable to stretch or subvert the same imperial or colonial ideologies from which they were produced.  Sometimes these relationships were long lived; at others they were so fleeting they can scarcely be described as relationships at all.

We welcome contributions that adopt counter-intuitive approaches to the relational history of race and empire – from any part of the imperial and post-imperial British world. Our starting point is 1857, the year of the Indian rebellion when, according to a well-worn historical narrative, a new and deepening racial consciousness began to take hold amongst Britons both at home and abroad. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, so this story goes, racial borders were embryonic and deeply porous. Europeans ‘went native’ with frequency and élan. But from the mid-nineteenth century, racial attitudes became more entrenched. Boundaries hardened. Distance and difference separated citizen from subject, white from black.  This symposium looks to complicate this linear narrative by considering the kinds of human contact that can exist within social landscapes forged from empire and its attendant racial codes. By working through the period of decolonisation, we hope to provide new opportunities for rethinking aspects of continuity and change across the colonial/postcolonial  divide.

We are particularly interested in work that speaks to the following themes:

  • Emotional currencies: Besides fear and loathing, what was the emotional content of relations between European ‘colonisers’ and those they claimed to rule? What does it do to talk of love combined with hate or of kindness as an ancillary to colonial domination?  How did racial theory convert to racial practice? And what kinds of visceral energy did race possess?
  • Disaggregating race:  colonial encounters were configured differently according to historical context and social locale.  What kinds of contacts developed during war-time, for example, as opposed to during peace? How did economic depression or flux shape the nature of cross-racial intimacies? And how can we adequately capture the porosity of racial borders that were themselves in constant motion?
  • Shifting boundaries: How did changing racial ideologies alter the ways in which boundary-transgression was perceived and acted upon? To what extent did the very idea of transgression dissolve during decolonisation?  And how does a focus on race-as-practice advance existing understandings of imperial ideology during the long imperial decline?

To enter a proposal, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a 1-page CV to Will Jackson: before 1 July 2014. Accepted papers will be notified by 15 July 2014.

The symposium forms part of a collaboration between the School of History at the University of Leeds, the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town and the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA). It is enabled by support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and HUMA.ahrc1


Second Annual Exeter-Bristol PGR Workshop in Imperial and Global History

In May 2013 PhD researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter participated in an Imperial and Global History workshop, where participants had an opportunity to talk about aspects of their research and receive feedback from faculty members and Professor John MacKenzie, who later that evening gave a public lecture at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. Following the success of this event, a second workshop will take place at the University of Bristol on 15th May 2014. The workshop free to attend but is only open to postgraduate researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter. Anyone who is interested in attending should contact Dr Simon Potter.

The timetable for the day is as follows:

Lunch will be available 12 – 1 pm.

Panel One: 1 – 1.40 pm.

Claire Connor – University of Bristol – ‘Looking for 630 passengers: using life-histories in academic research’

Idir Ouahes – University of Exeter – ‘Education in the first five years of the French mandate over Syria and Lebanon: contestation and co-option’

Panel Two: 1.40 – 2.20 pm – Chair: Dr David Thackeray, University of Exeter

Rachel Chin – University of Exeter – ‘Intrigue, attitude, and bananas: between Anglo/French policy and the public sphere in the Second World War’

Peter Evans – University of Bristol – ‘Anglo-Saxon empires in nineteenth-century utopian literature’

Coffee Break: 2.20-2.50 pm – Humanities Common Room, 11 Woodland Road

Panel Three: 2.50-3.30 pm.

Khaleelah Jones – University of Bristol – ‘Panorama coverage of the Rhodesian Crisis and UDI, 1961-1965’

Stuart Mole – University of Exeter – ‘Apartheid, South Africa and the re-making of the Commonwealth of Nations’

Panel Four: 3.30-4.10 pm.

Ryan Patterson – University of Exeter – ‘“Astonishment and admiration in Paris”: Disraeli, exhibition culture, and British international prestige, 1867-74’

Andrés Baeza – University of Bristol – ‘Beyond diplomacy: a cultural history of British recognition of the independence of Chile, 1810-1831’