CFP: Between & Beyond: Transnational Networks & the British Empire

The organizers of the doctoral and early-career workshop Between & Beyond: Transnational Networks & the British Empire, ca. 18–20th Centuries, to be held at the University of Warwick, 21–22 June 2018, have issued a call for papers (PDF). Proposals are due 20 February 2018.

The workshop intends to bring together research scholars of history and affiliated fields working on transnational networks fostered through the British Empire. The organizers wish to focus on how certain forms of the ‘empire’, the ‘colony’, and the ‘outside’ mutually constituted each other. Such an approach, they believe, could illumine the dense transnational convergences that shape the political, the economic, the social, and the cultural in various locations simultaneously. The workshop seeks papers that engage both conceptually and historically with themes that broadly include, but are not limited to:

  • Transnational linkages that focus on circulation of ideas, practices, things, goods, capital and people between and the politics surrounding them—between colonies of the empire but also outside of it.
  • The constitution of transnational discourses on religious, cultural, economic and political networks and the specificities of their reception/refraction in colonial, metropolitan and non/extra colonial contexts.
  • Transnational movement of material, cultural, literary and scientific practices within the empire and the ways in which they shaped local identities, disciplines, and institutional politics in various locations.
  • The lives and afterlives of local/national entities—art, objects, literature—as they move into transnational space and how these movements interrupt earlier meanings and produce/reconstitute new ones.

For more information or to submit an abstract, contact the organizers at warwicktransnational@gmail.com.