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CFP: Colonial Spaces, Colonial Power Network at ISECS 2019

Submission deadline: December 15, 2018

Conference date(s):
July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019

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Conference Venue:

University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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The interdisciplinary research network ‘Colonial Spaces, Colonial Power: European Empires in the Long Eighteenth Century’ is happy to announce that we will be hosting our own mini-event at ISECS 2019 in Edinburgh (14-19 July), featuring a series of panel sessions and two workshops. We would like to invite all interested scholars and PhD students who agree with the aims of the network (outlined here: to submit panel proposals for a standard panel of three speakers (with papers à 20 mins) and/or paper proposals for one of the workshops. The workshops will have multiple participants, each giving papers of 5 to 8 minutes followed by moderated discussion. The workshops are particularly targeted towards early career and doctoral student presenters. We welcome proposals from historians, literature scholars, historical geographers, gender or postcolonial scholars working with historical frameworks, museum professionals, and other related fields.

ISECS 2019 is focused on ‘Enlightenment identities’ (read more:, which provides space for a whole host of questions that overlap fruitfully with the network’s focal points. Accordingly, we wish to encourage our members and others interested in presenting their papers under the network’s umbrella in the ISECS programme to examine questions including (but not limited to):

  • juxtapositions of local/national and global/transnational identities
  • racialised and gendered identities
  • colonial production of knowledge and identity politics
  • means of identity production within the colonial context
  • violence and identity
  • politeness and sociability
  • Enlightenment and power in colonial space

The two workshops we propose to run are provisionally titled: ‘Interrogating Meanings of Whiteness in Colonial Spaces’ and ‘Representing the Enlightenment in public museums: a benign or belligerent empire?’

Panel proposals should contain the name of the panel, 300 word abstracts for all three papers, and a short CV for all speakers. In some cases we might also consider individual paper proposals.
Workshop paper proposals should contain a short CV and 300 word abstract, including the title of your proposed paper and which workshop you would like to participate in. Proposals and any queries should be sent to We will be prioritizing submissions which address Indigenous and Black histories.

The deadline for all proposals is 15 December 2018. We will notify you whether your proposal has been accepted to one of the network’s panels or workshop by early January; this will give time for those who cannot be fitted into our programme to submit their proposal to the general ISECS CFP (deadline 1 February 2019).

Network convenors:
Dr Soile Ylivuori, University of Helsinki
Dr Rosalind Carr, Queen Mary University of London

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