From our friends at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History comes this stimulating call for papers for a conference charting a truly global history of empire:
The proposed conference is premised on the idea that empires drew their strength from a global systemic architecture of hegemony and dominance. The objective of the conference is designed to emphasize how imperial interactions served to reinforce empires within their global scaffolding. “Towards a Global History of Empires” seeks to delineate different strands and interconnected themes that explain both empires’ persistence as well as their mutations over time.
The themes that we propose for the conference shall include:
Political construction of empires and their dissolution
Circulation within and between empires of ideas, techniques, institutions
Circulation of goods and trade links between empires
Movement of people within and between empires
Empires as discursive formations
Plural cultures and imperial centers
Micro history and empire
We invite papers addressing the above themes from all periods of history. We are looking for work that looks at empire from a global history approach that emphasizes connections and encourages comparisons. Advanced research students as well as senior scholars are invited to apply for the conference.
Department of History, University of Delhi, India
Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University, USA
Support: Department of History (UGC-Centre of Advanced Study), University of Delhi; Volkswagen Foundation , Germany; and Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University.
Program Administrator, Weatherhead Initiative on Global History