10 Mar 2005 - 12 Mar 2005 All day CRASSH


CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX
An interdisciplinary postgraduate/post-doctorate conference organised by the World History Workshop, University of Cambridge

This conference seeks to explore new ways of understanding the global movement of ideas and information. Moving beyond the problematic ideas of the 'centre' and 'periphery' which have dominated the recent historiography of the extra-European world, it will explore conversations between colonisers and colonised, and between Atlantic, African and Asian colonial spheres. As well as questioning current conceptions of the geography of knowledge, we hope to present work challenging conventional chronological divisions between the colonial and the post-colonial.

As part of the Conversation theme co-ordinated by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the conference will discuss dialogues and conversations between cultures, media, knowledge systems, geographies and chronologies.

Particular focuses will be:

    * The limits of imperial reach: how ideas associated with empire have been reshaped by the social and cultural practices of individual communities; and how ideas and knowledge move beyond national and imperial borders
    * 'Trans-imperial' ideas: the movement of ideas between different imperial systems, both within the same geographical area, and between Africa, Asia and the Atlantic
    * Bridging the colonial and the post-colonial: continuities between colonial and post-colonial experiences, whether through the retention of ideas, policies, and personnel; or through the emergence of 'post-colonial' ideas within colonial states
    * Science and medicine: encounters between different knowledge systems; tensions between European science's ideal of universal knowledge, and the difficulties of science's geographical and cultural extension
    * Modernity and knowledge: how connections between ideas and information have been expanded and reshaped by new technologies of media, commerce and transport; and by distinctively modern spaces, from new cities to factories

For more information, see http://pages. britishlibrary.net/world.history, or contact the conference organizers Rachel Berger rb305@cam.ac.uk or Michael Lewis mhl24@cam.ac.uk.



Tel: +44 1223 766886
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