The Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI) encourages scholarship and collaboration across the boundaries of national histories and disciplinary frameworks (http://www.feegi.org). Since 1996, FEEGI’s biennial conference have drawn scholars from across the globe, to discuss issues relating to the history of colonizing and colonized societies across the world. Using a well-balanced mix of micro-historical and global approaches, FEEGI has provided the ideal environment for young and established scholars to set trends regarding the study of empires and global interactions from the fourteenth through the eighteenth century. So far, however, despite its global constituency and partnerships, FEEGI meetings themselves have been based in North America.
FEEGI has partnered with Leiden University to pilot a new venue in Europe where we can continue FEEGI’s traditional and, prominent emphasis on interactions between Europeans and non-Europeans during the age of expansion. The FEEGI in Europe Conference 2015 will continue FEEGI’s tradition of providing a platform for the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western scholars. We aim to create an arena for the discussion of mechanisms, processes and outputs of empire, whether European or non-European. Even as we privilege a global approach, we remain bound to local sources that sustain our research questions and our scholarly insights. While FEEGI remains committed to exploring these issues primarily in the Early Modern period, this 2015 European conference will accept proposals from scholars working on these subjects from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries, through the period of decolonization. FEEGI in Europe 2015 will therefore function as a complementary forum for the global, interdisciplinary and comparative studies of empire rooted in locally produced primary sources.
In keeping with the well-established traditions of the FEEGI, FEEGI in Europe Conferences will be organized thematically and sessions will be plenary to encourage comparative approaches and exchange of experiences beyond the limitations of spaces and chronologies. At the same time, these conferences will provide an opportunity to establish international networks and initiate dialogue on future research questions that may yet form the bases of national or international collaborative grant applications.
Academic Consultants: Dr Catia Antunes, Prof Jos Gommans, Prof Linda Rupert, Dr Ashghar Seyed-Gohrab, Prof Philip Stern, Prof E. van der Wall, Prof Nira Wickramasinghe, Prof Erik-Jan Zurcher