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Congrès international de géographie historique 2015 (Royal Geographical Society, Londres, 5-10/07/2015) : « Mobilité dans le cadre spatial et temporel des empires coloniaux »

jeudi 28 mai 2015, par Dominique Taurisson-Mouret

  • Convened by David Lambert (University of Warwick, UK) and Peter Merriman (Aberystwyth University, UK)
  • Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers), London, United Kingdom

Le congrès international de géographie historique 2015 (5-10 juillet 2015, Londres) est consacré à la mobilité dans le cadre spatial et temporel des empires coloniaux.

The conference programme has been published. Visit the programme web pages to find out more about the schedule and search contributions.

Conference registration remains open. For further information about fees and how to register, see the registration pages. There are still places available on the mid-week conference study visits for those who have not yet booked an option.

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Argumentaire :

The past few decades have seen a proliferation of academic research on the histories and historical geographies of empire, and more recently the histories and historical geographies of mobility. Important research on imperial networks, slavery, global trade, Black Atlantic cultures, travel writing, imperial air routes, global migration patterns and much more has revealed some of the ways in which mobility and empire are entwined, as have academic studies of the mobility practices, technologies and infrastructures underpinning imperial ambitions and strategies of governance. Despite obvious overlaps, academic studies of mobility and empire frequently demonstrate quite different conceptual and disciplinary underpinnings, and few scholars have examined their (potential) conceptual cross-fertilisation.

Topics :

  • The conceptual contributions that research on mobilities could bring to studies of empire, imperialism, colonialism and post-colonialism – and vice-versa ;
  • Studies of historically and geographically specific colonial situations as distinct ‘constellations of mobility’ (Cresswell, 2009) ;
  • The mobility practices underpinning and enabling the exploration, expansion, maintenance and control of empires ;
  • How mobility practices and imperial relations are afforded by technologies and infrastructures such as the ship, motor car, horse, railway, aeroplane, telegraph, postal networks, telephone, and radio ;
  • Examinations of the physical and elementary geographies of imperial mobilities, from those of the sea and air, to the topographies of earthly imperial landscapes ;
  • Studies of different experiences and accounts of imperial mobilities (such as in travel writing, diaries, letters, novels, guide books, etc.) ;
  • Critical studies of the mobilities of different people, from subaltern figures such as the enslaved, indentured, conscripted and press-ganged, to colonial settlers, explorers, missionaries, scientific travellers and administrators ;
  • Studies of non-human imperial movements, including commodities, plants, animals, correspondence, political systems and ideologies ;
  • Mobilities and the emergence of global geographies and histories ;
  • Studies of the mobilities and circulation patterns underpinning the emergence of diasporic and hybrid cultures, including but not limited to the emergence of ‘Black Atlantic’ and ‘White Atlantic’ cultures.

Contact : Dr Peter Merriman Reader in Human Geography, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DB UK

Telephone (Direct) : +44 (0) 1970 622574 Telephone (Secretary) +44 (0) 1970 622606 Fax : +44 (0) 1970 622659

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