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Showcasing Empires: The Legacy of Colonialism on Post-Imperial Societies An Interdisciplinary Virtual Conference

18th - 19th February 2021

This event will bring together researchers from different fields across the Arts, Humanities and Historical and Social Sciences in contributions that delve into the textual, artistic, political or cultural representations of empire, or the imperial experience and its legacy.

The conference is on the 18th – 19th February 2021 and will include paper presentations from postgraduate and early career researchers. Their topics broadly relate to the legacy and impact of colonialism and empire. We will also be joined by two keynote speakers: Professor Charles Forsdick and Professor Gilles Teulié. 

The last event of the conference will be an ‘Early Career Researcher Roundtable’ where four early career researchers will be speaking about:
  • how to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship, 
  • how to publish, 
  • how to turn your PhD into a book,
  • the steps to help secure an academic position

This will be followed by a short Q&A session. 

The link to register to attend the conference is here: https://bit.ly/3rieInc

‘Showcasing Empires: The Legacy of Colonialism on Post-Imperial Societies 

Conference Timetable   18th – 19th February 2021

 Day 1: Thursday 18th February

 9.45 – 10.00

 Registration and Welcome

 10.00 – 11.00

 Opening Keynote Address Day 1

 Professor Charles Forsdick 

(University of Liverpool)

 Beyond the Legacies of Colonialism: Afterlives, Spectres, Ruins

 11.00 – 11.30


 11.30 – 12.30

 Panel 1: Exhibiting the Empire in Urban & Imperial Space

Marta Wichlinska

(Free University of  Berlin)

 Showcasing Empire in Architecture: Imperial Districts in Straßburg and Posen (1871-1918)

Patricia Jon Kwan 

(University of Birmingham) 

Cartography: A Cartesian Approach to Dispossess Land and Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Jonas Prinzleve

(University of Lisbon)

Transcultural Memory Revised: Portuguese “Seafarers” and Coloniality in the Hamburg HafenCity

Jake Charles Sheppard

(University of Manchester)

‘A Pirate and a Modern Sea Rover’: The CSS Alabama, the British Empire and Domestic Masculinity, 1864-1899

 12.30 – 14.00

 Break for Lunch

 14.00 – 15.00

 Panel 2: Visualising Empire in Writing and Artistic Display

Ellen Smith

(University of Leicester)

Writing Every Day: The Letters of the British in India Throughout the Long-Nineteenth Century

Sam Anthony Kocheri Clement

 (University of Birmingham)

 Showcasing of the ‘Image’ined Colonies: Missionary Publications and Images from 19th Century India

Rosamaria Giammanco

 (University of Birmingham)

 Douglas Coupland’s Nostalgically White Canada: A look at Coupland’s Canadian Art and Non-Fiction and the place of Settler Colonialism 

Sainulabdeen Mohammed Thameem

(University of Birmingham)

 The Images and Representations of Ceylon through John Capper’s Eyes (1814-1898)

 15.00 – 15.05 

 Day 1 Close

 Day 2: Friday 19th February


 9.45 – 10.00

 Registration and Welcome

 10.00 – 10.45

 Opening Keynote Address Day 2

 Professor Gilles Teulié

 (Aix-Marseille Université)

 The Remains of the Colonial Postcard Days

How to come to terms with an Imperial Gaze

 10.45 – 11.00


 11.00 – 12.45

 Panel 3: Representing Empire in Literary Fiction

Mustapha Ait Kharouach

(Ibn Tofail University)

 The State of Coloniality in Postcolonial Maghrebi Literatures

Jeppe Hansen

 (University of Birmingham)

 Hybridity and Superfluity in Two Russian Tales of Empire: Mikhail Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time and Alisa Ganieva’s The Mountain and the Wall

Salhi Sourour

(University of Birmingham)

 A Postcolonial Comparative Study of Franco-Algerian and Anglo-Nigerian Literatures from Subalternity to ‘Hybrid Affirmation’

Fernando Castellano-Bañuls

 (University of Birmingham)

 Chicanafuturism: Challenging Empires through Speculative Fiction

Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso

(Manchester Metropolitan University)

 Discourse About Empire as a Means of Control on the Colonised: A Question for the Language and Themes Left Behind in Africa Literature

 12.45 – 14.00

 Break for Lunch

 14.00 – 15.00

 Panel 4: The Political & Economic Legacies of Empire 

Dooshima Lilian Dugguh

 (University of Birmingham) 

 The Fine Line between Independence and Neocolonialism : Literary Examples from Aminata Sowfall

Marcelo Caralho Loureiro

(University of Birmingham)

 Citizenship law, the Para-Colonial and the Subaltern: The Iberian Construction of Citizenship through Subalternity 

Nick Sharman

(University of Nottingham)

 Britain’s Colonial Legacy in Spain


Juan Neves-Sarriegui

(University of Oxford)

 Imperial Nostalgia in Europe: History and the Politics of Vindication


 15.00 – 15.30


 15.30 – 17.00

 Early Career Researcher Roundtable

 17.00 – 17.15


Day 2 Close & details about submissions to special issue of Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History