Connected Histories, Mirrored Empires British and French Imperialism from the 17th through 20th centuries

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Call for Papers
December 1, 2015
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, British History / Studies, French History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies

Conference Call for Papers


Connected Histories, Mirrored Empires
British and French Imperialism

from the 17th through 20th centuries

Alice Conklin

Richard Drayton

Pier Larson

François-Joseph Ruggiu

How were the British and French empires formed in relation, contrast or in spite of the other? How was each complicit in shaping the other—as opponent, ally, or frère ennemi? How were they connected? This conference encourages historians to conceive of the French and British empires together, as each empire endured as a point of reference and connection for the other. This conference addresses connections and shared experiences of the French and English/British empires from their emergence in the early modern period through decolonization. Papers might address cooperation and/or conflict between the two empires either locally or more broadly, including any aspect of the early modern or modern era, and any geographical region (Americas, Atlantic, Africa, Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia, Pacific, Indian Ocean, etc). Proposed papers should not just compare empires but analyze connections and/or relationships between them. This conference explores formal and informal empire in various historical modes (cultural, literary, intellectual, political, social, economic, military, religious, labor, environmental, etc).

Venue: University of Hong Kong, 27-29 May 2016


Proposals are invited for individual papers of about 20 minutes, and for panels including three such papers. Address questions to James Fichter at


To apply, send abstract of 200 words (maximum) and one-page c.v. by
1 December 2015 to


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