Monarchy in the Age of Empire, 1793-1914.

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
July 22, 2019 to July 24, 2019
Location: 
Australia
Subject Fields: 
Indigenous Studies, European History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, World History / Studies, African History / Studies

Monarchy in the Age of Empire, 1793-1914.

Conference Dates: 22-24 July 2019

CFP Closes: 30 January 2019. 

Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Recent rewritings of the global history of imperialism have pointed to important expressions of local and indigenous agency that survived beneath and alongside the structures of empire. Microhistories and global histories alike have revised the earlier, static understanding of monolithic metropolitan power and have pointed to lively contests for local and regional power. Not only has the political, legal and economic power of indigenous peoples come into view, but the cultural and religious strength of the ostensible objects of empire have also been reasserted and described.   

This conference seeks to further these lines of analysis by examining how non-European monarchs and paramount leaders responded to (and in part shaped) European imperialism. It looks to map how the sovereignty of non-European kings, emperors, sultans, emirs, elders and ‘tribal’ chieftains complicated, challenged and accommodated the claims to rule of the European powers. It also attempts to understand the symbolic and political role of European monarchs in dealing with extra-European, subject monarchs.

Cognisant of the problems involved in using the term ‘monarchy’ in a non-European context, the conference nonetheless seeks to understand how a cross-fertilisation of the forms of paramount leadership between periphery and metropole was enabled (and sometimes required) by empire. The conference also seeks to test the proposition that non-European, ‘monarchical’ power survived, albeit in different forms, under and alongside empire.  

Accordingly, this conference invites proposals for panels and single papers that explore the following themes between 1793 (the year of the Macartney mission to the court of China’s Qianlong Emperor) and 1914 (the year of the execution of King Duala Manga Bell of Cameroon by the Germans): 

* The extent and limit of the royal prerogative in Europe’s empires.

* Responses to European attempts to usurp or disempower indigenous monarchs.

* Local challenges to ‘pliant’ indigenous monarchs from below.

* Disruption and reinvention of local forms of paramount leadership.

* The invention and reinvention of indigenous paramount leadership as monarchy.

* Race and the acceptance or rejection of non-European monarchs within Europe (and elsewhere).

* Ornamentalism, Orientalism and beyond.

* Attempts to fuse or hybridise local and European monarchical forms under empire.

* Class and the reinvention (or reinforcement) of social structure through empire.

* Queenly rule, matriarchy and the gendered dimensions of imperial monarchy.

* Pomp, ceremony and imperial display in periphery-metropole relations.

* Indigenous leadership in European settler, mercantile and plantation colonies.

* Establishing and contesting legal jurisdiction in the imperial periphery.

* Microhistories of regal dynamics under or alongside empire.

* Transimperial exchanges between indigenous monarchies.

* The role of monarchs in imperial wars and conflicts.

Venue: The conference will take place in Adelaide, Australia between 22-24 July 2019 at the Victoria Square campus of Flinders University.

Contact: The conference will be hosted by Associate Professor Matthew Fitzpatrick (Flinders University) and Professor Peter Monteath (Flinders University). Proposals for panels and papers should be sent to Ms Lisa Mudge (lisa.mudge@flinders.edu.au) before 30 January 2019.

Contact Info: 

The conference will be hosted by Associate Professor Matthew Fitzpatrick (Flinders University) and Professor Peter Monteath (Flinders University). Proposals for panels and papers should be sent to Ms Lisa Mudge (lisa.mudge@flinders.edu.au) before 30 Jan 2019.