Empires have attracted a lot of scholarly attention over the past two decades, informed by debates about new empires emerging after the end of Cold War (from an interpretation of global capitalism as the new empire to the discussions about the USA as a new imperial format) as well as by the fact that most states in world history had been empires or related to imperial rule over colonies.
The study of empires is thus very important for the understanding of the geopolitical order that emerged at the turn from the 18th to the 19th century and has continuous effects on subsequent world orders emerging during the 19th and the 20th century. At the same time, empires are key for our understanding of today’s culture of remembrance, which is less and less determined by the national past of individual countries only but by their global interaction in the light of postcolonialism.
France and Germany have reacted to this international interest in the problematic of empire against their different historiographical backgrounds while at the same time strongly interacting with each other as a consequence of growing interdependencies especially in the field of global history. This workshop will bring experts for many world regions together to present and discuss papers co-authored by senior and junior scholars, also encouraging junior scholars to publish internationally at an early stage of their career.
The workshop is jointly organized by the Centre for French Studies, the Centre for Area Studies (both Leipzig University) and the Global Studies Initiative at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales Paris (EHESS) and supported by the French Embassy and the Collaborative Research Centre 1199. It takes place from 8th to 10th June 2018 in Leipzig.