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Comparing Colonialism – Beyond European Exceptionalism

26. September 2019 - 18:15 to 28. September 2019 - 16:00 Add to calendar

Colonial expansion is a common, nearly universal phenomenon in human history. Though colonialism has shaped the modern world in many ways, it is not limited to modernity. Conquering foreign lands and subjugating other people(s) are basic processes in the formation of empires and states, and they existed long before the modern era. This interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Basel, seeks to explore varieties of colonialism throughout history and to uncover their common features. But, by comparing different areas, periods, and forms of colonial expansion and rule the conference will also examine the (possibly) unique characteristics of modern European expansion.

Conference Programm
Thursday, September 26

6:15 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
Keynote: Agency, Cooperation and Oligarchy
Wolfgang Reinhard (University of Freiburg)

Friday, September 27
9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Introductory Comments: Comparing Colonialism
Axel T. Paul (University of Basel)

10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Conquest and Founding of Cities: Forms of Colonization in the Greek-Roman World
Hans-Joachim Gehrke (University of Freiburg)

11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Were the Muslim Arabs who Conquered the Middle East Colonialists?
Robert Hoyland (New York University)

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Ottomans in Syria: "Turkish Colonialism" or Something Else?
James Reilly (University of Toronto)

2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
An Entangled History of the British and French "Imperial Nation-States" in the Age of Revolutions, c.1770–1850
Tanja Bührer (University of Bern)

2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Colonialism at the Fringes of Empire: Reassessing Afghanistan's Place in the British Colonial History, 1857–1900
Francesca Fuoli (University of Bern)

3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Contradictions of British Colonialism in the Uganda Protectorate
Klaus Schlichte (University of Bremen)

Saturday, September 28

9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Colonial Trajectories: The Constant Remaking of German Rule in South West Africa
Matthias Leanza (University of Basel)

10:15 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Bureaucratic Tools of Emergency and Citizenship in the Colonial Past and Present: Israel/Palestine and India
Yael Berda (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Indigenous Settler Colonialism? Rethinking Comanche, Lakota and Apache Expansions in North America
Janne Lahti (University of Helsinki)

2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Where Russia Was "Ahead" of Europe: Russia's State Colonialism in Comparative Perspective
Michael Khodarkovsky (Loyola University Chicago)

2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Japanese Colonialism and the Geopolitics of Population, Race and Nation in the Korean Imagination
Jin-kyung Park (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul)

3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Imperialism and Colonialism: A Meaningful Distinction?
Krishan Kumar (University of Virginia)

4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Final discussion

Organised by: 
University of Basel


Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität Basel
Petersgraben 27

Cost information

0.00 CHF