CALL FOR PAPERS
BIRTHA POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE
“EMPIRES AND NATIONS: BEYOND THE BRITISH CASE”
Room 3.33, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Rd. BS8 1 RJ
This one-day postgraduate conference “Empires and Nations: Beyond the British
Case” will be held on 25 th April 2017 at the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Arts. 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 19 th and 20 th 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 pasts 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 3 March 2017 to Fernando J. Padilla (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Diego Repenning (email@example.com). (For further information about attendance,
please contact us. A programme and registration information will be made available in