Imperial Frictions: Thinking through Impediments to Global Connection

Antoinette Burton, and Tony Ballantyne

Wednesday 27 July, 2011
5:30-7:30pm CCANESA Boardroom, Madsen Building F09
(Enter via Eastern Avenue)
University of Sydney

Over the past decade historians of British colonialism have increasingly turned to global or transnational analytical frameworks to explore the connections between empire building and the history of globalisation. In this lecture we critically evaluate this scholarly turn, assessing the centrality of ‘networks’ and ‘webs’ in the so-called ‘new imperial history’ and the relationships between the imperial and the global. We ask what — and whom — the race for connection, flow and even analogy between colonial spaces erases or trips over as historians reach for planetary narratives of imperial and transnational power. And we suggest that more skepticism about the smooth pathways of imperial connectivity is warranted as we plot new histories of British colonialism that seek to exceed its ideological and methodological grasp.

Antoinette Burton, Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Tony Ballantyne is Professor of History at the University of Otago.

Please contact the masterclass organisers:
Assoc Prof Kirsten McKenzie
Prof Robert Aldrich
An initiative of the Nation, Empire, Globe Research Cluster, this masterclass has been funded as part of the WUN International Network in Colonialism and Postcolonial studies, IPDF grant, 2010 – 2011.

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