Feegi in Europe Conference 2015

Agents, Networks, Institutions and Empires

June 2 – June 5, 2015

The Economic and Social History Section, History Institute, Leiden University will partner with the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction to host a joint conference between June 2 (afternoon) and June 5 (morning), 2015, under the theme Agents, Networks, Institutions and Empires  

Agents, networks and institutions are the cornerstones of empire-building.   This applies to European and non-European empires, originating in the late Middle Ages, Early Modern, Modern or Contemporary period. The agency of individuals, by themselves or in various groups and communities, forged the first contacts between colonizers and colonized. At the same time, the individual and collective capacity to negotiate personal and communal interests brought about autonomy and forms of self-government in various colonized societies. Through perennial exchanges institutions were created, changed and adapted to the needs, demands and impositions of expanding empires.

In line with the conference theme we welcome contributions from up-and-coming and established scholars interested in the relationships between agents, networks and institutions within and across empires. In keeping with FEEGI’s traditional interest in approaching questions of empire from a global perspective, we particularly encourage contributions regarding European and non-European empires alike from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries. However, given Leiden’s long tradition of scholarship on the history of modern empire, this 2015 conference in Europe will also entertain submissions from scholars working on similar issues up to and including the period of decolonization in the 1970s. It is imperative that the proposed papers are original, based on primary sources and embedded in analytical and theoretical insights of global, interdisciplinary or comparative history, understood in this context as global interactions.

We expect abstracts (maximum of 300 words) to include the following information:

  • Name, academic affiliation, academic position, and contact details
  • Title of the proposed paper
  • Content of the presentation (300 words max)

We expect graduate students to send a CV along with the proposed abstract.

Abstracts may be submitted here

The deadline for the submission of proposals is December 15, 2014. Proposals will then be evaluated and selected. Individual replies will be then issued on January 12, 2015.

The selected participants will have to register for the conference before May 4, 2015 and the final program will be made available on May 11, 2015.

Program Selection Committee: 

Dr Catia Antunes (Leiden University), Dr Matthew Cook (North Carolina Central University), Dr Alicia Schrikker (Leiden University), Dr Carolien Stolte (Research Fellow, Harvard University), Prof Linda Rupert (University of North Carolina, Grensboro), Prof Carla Pestana (UCLA).