Welcome to H-Empire, H-Net's network on colonial and imperial studies!

H-Empire seeks to bring together scholars and others interested in sharing resources, research and questions concerning the origin, development, working and decline of empires, rather broadly defined across academic disciplines and professional interests, chronological time periods, and geographical regions.

Recent Discussions

INQUIRY: Wishes for empire -- prompted by doubts of democracy?

I have a short question for fellow H-Empire subscribers.

Do you know any recent readings that address the current-day nostalgia
or curiosity for empire, which seems to be growing, especially because
of today's widespread disappointments/doubts about democracy?

(I am thinking about how in the EU there is a lot of discussion about a
disconnect between voters and apparatchiks; in the US, an ever more
money-ridden politics corresponds to ever lower voting numbers. --In my
own field of Chinese/Asian studies there is a different kind of

CFP: The changing landscape of the global political economy and foreign aid: has the Cold War ended? (Estonia, July-August 2014)

I would like to draw your attention to the panel I am co-organising at the
conference of the European Association of Social Anthropology, which this

CFP: Reference Cultures and Imagined Empires in Western History: Global Perspectives, 1815‐2000 (Utrecht, June 2014)

Call for papers 'Reference Cultures and Imagined Empires in Western
History: Global Perspectives, 1815‐2000'

Deadline proposal: February 16
The conference will be held from 11‐13 June 2014 at Utrecht University,

Call for Papers
This conference explores the concept of reference culture as a way to
approach the cultural dimensions of territorial and non‐territorial
power. By studying reference cultures we want to draw attention to the
fact that cultures may assume a role as benchmark or model, both

CFP: Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern and Contemporary World (London, June-July 2015)

Call for Papers

Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern and Contemporary World

British Academy, London
29 June-1 July 2015

Sponsored by The Centre for the History of Violence,
and the University of Newcastle, Australia

Guest speakers:
Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University
Elizabeth Kolsky, Villanova University

This conference will bring together scholars from across the world to
explore innovative ways of critically engaging with the question of

CFP: Long Waves and Global Frequencies (Warwick UK, September 2014)


Long Waves and Global Frequencies: World Literature and Broadcast Culture at the End of Empire

A conference hosted by the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies, University of Warwick, UK

Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September, 2014

Keynote Speakers include:  Professor Alison Donnell (University of Reading), Dr James Procter (Newcastle University), Professor Helen Yitah (University of Ghana)


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