The Empire at Home: Spatial Identities and Transnational Imaginaries in European History

Open to the Public
Nador u. 11
Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 9:00am
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Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 9:00am to Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 6:00pm


Saturday 27 March 2010

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.15 Conference welcome

09.30 Keynote address

  • Herman Lebovics (State University of New York, Stony Brook), 'Minister of Culture André Malraux: 'What you did with the Africans, why not do it in France'? Ex-colonial Administrator Emile Biasini: 'Sure, it's just a matter of adapting.''

10.45 Panel session: Imperial Spaces

  • Alfred Rieber (Central European University, Budapest), 'Spatial Concepts: Eurasia, Borderlands, Frontiers'
  • Timothy Baycroft (University of Sheffield), 'Imagining France beyond the Hexagon'
  • Alexei Miller (Central European University, Budapest), 'Imagining Russian National Territory in the Romanov Empire'

12.30 Lunch

14.15 Panel session: Colonisers and the Colonised

  • Xosé-Manoel Núñez (University of Santiago de Compostela), 'Old and New Dreams: Spanish Imperial Imagination and the Management of Ethnic Diversity in Francoist Spain'
  • John Strachan (Lancaster University), 'Colonizers and Colonized? Rethinking Nation and Empire in Modern France'
  • Jens Jaeger (University of Cologne), 'African Heimat? or: how to reconcile the idea of a homogeneous Nation with an Empire. The German case up to 1914 (and beyond)'

16.00 Break

16.30 Panel session: Imperial Spaces and Migrant Identities

  • Susan Hinely (State University of New York, Stony Brook), 'Harbingers of Global Identities: Women Socialists in the London Exile Community, 1880-1900'
  • Nil Birol (Central European University, Budapest), 'From the Margins of the Russian Empire to the Margins of the Ottoman Capital: Early Careers of Russian-born Muslim Tatars in the Ottoman Financial Administration, 1880-1900'
  • Caroline Marburger (Central European University, Budapest), 'German émigré academics in Istanbul in the 1930s and 1940s: The limits of intellectual exile'

18.15 Walk to dinner

Sunday 28th March

9.30 Keynote address
Michael Broers (University of Oxford), 'An Empire of the Laws? Cicero, Aristotle and an Historical Geography of the Napoleonic Empire'

10.45 Panel session: Mobilising Imperial Histories

  • David Laven (University of Manchester), 'The Impact of Imperialism on Venetian Attitudes to Italy from the Risorgimento to Fascism'
  • Maiken Umbach (University of Manchester), 'Frontier Gaue: Transnational Aspirations and Regional Identity in National Socialist Germany'
  • Alon Confino (University of Virginia), 'The Third Reich as an Empire of Time'

12.30 Lunch

14.15 Panel session: Reframing Empire

  • Julian Wright (Durham University), 'Empires and Internationalism: The Uncertain Moral Compass of French Socialism'
  • James Mansell (University of Manchester), 'Projecting the Empire in Britain: The work of the Empire Marketing Board and General Post Office Film Units, 1928-1939'

15.30 Break

16.00 Roundtable discussion

All speakers to offer their comments on the following questions:

  • Is it fruitful to investigate continuities between different forms and phases of empire?
  • How were imperial pasts historicised by national, regional and local communities and for what purposes?
  • What role did the imperial imagination play in shaping notions of Heimat?
  • In what respects do transnational perspectives of the kind discussed at this conference require a revision of the existing historiography of nation-states and nationalism?

18.00 Walk to Dinner