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



Fernando J. Padilla
University of Exeter/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.

The core issue of discussion will include (though will not be limited to) the interrelation and interaction between Empires and Nations in a broad sense. We therefore welcome papers addressing topics such as nation-building in imperial contexts, the impact of the imperial experience in the shaping of both colonizing and colonized societies, the debate on citizenship and political belonging in imperial scenarios, and the configuration of multinational empires, among other themes.

If you wish to present a paper please send a 250-word abstract for a twenty minute paper by 3rd March 2017 to Fernando J. Padilla (, and Diego Repenning ( (For further information about attendance, please contact us. A programme and registration information will be made available in March).



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