The H-Decol network provides a forum in which the end of European, American and Asian empires and the rise of independent nation-states, principally, but not exclusively, in the long twentieth century, can be understood holistically, across the boundaries drawn by particular bilateral metropole-colony relations. H-Decol explores the nexus of power, strategy and identity that carved overseas empires into the nation-states that make up the modern atlas. Above all, H-Decol seeks to encourage scholarly discussion and debate across academic disciplines on the course of imperial retrenchment, and the broader cultural, economic, political and ideological imprint left by decolonization on both the 'colonizer' and the 'colonized'.

Recent Content

CFP: Decolonization’s Discontents: Dissent and Opposition in the Aftermath of Independence (22-23 September 2023)

Decolonization did not lead smoothly or seamlessly into a world of independent nation-states, and many anticolonial leaders, activists, and communities were left disappointed by the societies and politics that emerged. This workshop explores decolonization as a moment of simultaneous expansion and contraction for political and social possibility.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry? The Politics of Food & Drink: Political Economy

Please join the British, Irish and Empire Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin for "Political Economy," the next session in our virtual speaker series "Eat, Drink and Be Merry? The Politics of Food and Drink." We will convene at noon CDT, 5 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, November 1, to hear scholars Yasmin Ibrahim of Queen Mary, University of London, and Sébastien Rioux of the Université de Montréal.

MANIFEST - New artistic perspectives to re-imagine Europe’s collective memory of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people

MANIFEST is looking for artists who are motivated to contribute with new artistic perspectives to re-imagine Europe’s collective memory of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people.