This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

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Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From Brexit’s reopening the wounds of empire to the imperial origins of Australia Day, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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Call For Papers: Empires and Nations, Beyond the British Case

 

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Fernando J. Padilla
University of Exeter/University of Bristol

CALL FOR PAPERS

CONFERENCE “EMPIRES AND NATIONS, BEYOND THE BRITISH CASE

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

25th April 2017

This one-day postgraduate conference “Empires and Nations: Beyond the British Case” will be held on 25th April 2017 at the University of Bristol’s Wills Memorial Building. It aims to provide a friendly and constructive environment for scholarly debate. The conference is open to MA, MPhil, and PhD researchers.

The goal of the conference is to bring together postgraduate researchers working on any topic related to the main theme of imperialism, preferably beyond the British case. Due to the logical dominance of the British imperial past within the broader field of Imperial, Colonial, Postcolonial, and Global History studies in the UK, the aim of this conference is precisely to focus on other imperial and postcolonial experiences, European as well as non-European, of the 19th and 20th centuries. By focusing the conference on cases other than the British, we aim to foster debate with a broader and more inclusive approach to the complex imperial past and colonial legacies of modern societies. Thus, we strongly encourage the participation of researchers looking at European as well as non-European imperial experiences. Continue reading “Call For Papers: Empires and Nations, Beyond the British Case”

This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

One set of digitized documents from the CIA details results of psychic tests on Uri Geller, where he attempted to copy drawings made by researchers from within a sealed room.
One set of newly accessible documents from the CIA details results of psychic tests on Uri Geller, where he attempted to copy drawings made by researchers from within a sealed room.

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From reviving fantasies of Britain’s imperial past to saying goodbye to the American Century, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history. Continue reading “This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History”

We’re Hiring! Lecturer in Global and Imperial History

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The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The post of Lecturer in Global and Imperial History will contribute to extending the research profile of History at Exeter, particularly in areas related or complementary to the transnational history of imperialism, globalization, and decolonization since 1750. This full time post is available from 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2020 in the College Humanities on a fixed term basis. Continue reading “We’re Hiring! Lecturer in Global and Imperial History”

This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Human Be-In-A Gathering of the Tribes, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 14 January 1967.
Human Be-In-A Gathering of the Tribes, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 14 January 1967.

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
Follow on Twitter @MWPalen

From decolonizing Obama to moving beyond liberal internationalism, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history. Continue reading “This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History”

Rewriting Dutch colonial histories – Final response

"Java, War of Ghosts" by Jompet Kuswidananto, 2009. Collection of Leo Sih, installation at Tropenmuseum "Grand Parade" (2014-15).
“Java, War of Ghosts” by Jompet Kuswidananto, 2009. Collection of Leo Sih, installation at Tropenmuseum “Grand Parade” (2014-15).

Sadiah Boonstra and Caroline Drieënhuizen

Before the holidays we read Paul Doolan’s response to our post with great interest. We appreciate the time and effort Mr Doolan took to reply to our post as we think a fruitful debate will progress knowledge. With this writing we give a final reaction to Mr Doolan and if it is not for knowledge progression, it will at least get Dr Sadiah Boonstra’s name spelled correctly.

In his response Doolan claims that our critique was based on a misreading and that he was referring to a specific period of time, namely 1945-1949, but that we “prefer to talk about something else”. However, in our view this period cannot be separated from the larger framework of colonialism as political, social, cultural and economic structures of domination. And this is exactly what Dutch historians and others have been trying to deconstruct over the past decades as set out in our previous response. We therefore uphold our argument against Doolan’s representation of a Dutch historical “guild” based in Leiden. Instead of calling on “outsiders”, as Doolan suggests, we favor collaborative methods to uncover the depth, multilayeredness and reach of colonialism.  Continue reading “Rewriting Dutch colonial histories – Final response”

This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

A silk map of the German/Swiss border, featuring detailed escape instructions and clearly designated “SECRET.” BRITISH LIBRARY/PUBLIC DOMAIN
A silk map of the German/Swiss border, featuring detailed escape instructions and clearly designated “SECRET.” BRITISH LIBRARY/PUBLIC DOMAIN

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
Follow on Twitter @MWPalen

From how refugees have the power to change society to how millions of secret silk maps helped POWs escape captivity, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.  Continue reading “This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History”