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CfP “Colonial violence”, Dec 2022

On 8 and 9 December, global dis:connect will host a workshop to look at “Colonial violence beyond the borders of empires: dis/connections, transfers, and mobilities, ca. 1850–1954“. The workshop is funded by global dis:connect and the University of Cologne. The Call for Papers is now open and can be found in our calls section or directly here.

The workshop will address different aspects of transimperial connections concerning colonial violence. On a conceptual level, we need considerations on their specific nature, while, on an empirical level, case studies will assist in approaching the different dimensions in which these entanglements manifested themselves on the ground. Finally, contributions will also complicate the notion of connectivity itself. One of our hypotheses is that colonial violence presents a more complex field of connectivity than we might find in other transimperial histories. We also invite contributions analysing points of disconnection, of absences, detours, misunderstandings, distortions, or creative/hybrid appropriations. We are interested in whether and how transimperial histories can change our view of the different theories of nationally specific colonial cultures of violence, such as the notion of a ‘minimum force’ British colonial warfare, a supposed German ‘colonial Sonderweg’, or the myth of Italians as ‘brava gente’, as benevolent colonisers.