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Everyday empires, trans-Imperial circulations in a multi-disciplinary perspective

University of Birmingham
Arts and Law, International, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 25th (09:00) - Friday 26th May 2017 (19:00)
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Image from the American Colony in Jerusalem Collection, Library of Congress
Image from the American Colony in Jerusalem Collection, Library of Congress

Everyday Empires: Trans-Imperial Circulations in a Multi-Disciplinary Perspective” brings together scholars working across geographical, chronological, and methodological lines to reinterpret the ways in which empire was lived through commonplace things, spaces, and decisions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The conference interrogates empire as a process emergent through the everyday negotiated material practices of its citizens and subjects: from bicycles to hotel bars; from medicine cabinets to the daily labour of the rubber plantation; from teakettles to steamship tickets. A key focus of the conference is to develop a greater discussion of inter-imperial and trans-imperial dynamics.

Speakers include Daniel Bender (Toronto), James McDougall (Oxford), Samiksha Sehrawat (Newcastle), Artemy Kalinovsky (Amsterdam), Stephen Tuffnell (Oxford) and Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez (Hawai’i).

For more information, including a full schedule and blog posts, please visit the conference website.

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This conference is generously sponsored by the Modern and Contemporary History Centre, the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures, the American and Canadian Studies Centre, and Past & Present

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