Call for Papers: From Colonial Modernity to Decolonisation

15-16 September 2023, University of Auckland

Long ago, the rhetoric of the colonial civilising mission had established colonial modernity as a reference
point. Ensured in the privileging of Western ideas over the indigenous was the continuity of colonialism
even after formal imperial systems had vanished. Thus, came decolonisation as a long process where a
cumbersome hybrid of colonial legacies and post-colonial aspirations led to socio-political dialectics and
systemic inequalities.

The post-colonial world we inhabit today is haunted by myriad forms of neo-colonialism, colonial
antagonisms, and problems of reconciliation with a colonial past. Sponsored by the Faculty Support Fund,
the History Innovation Fund and the School of Humanities, the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland is pleased to host a two-day workshop that brings together established academicians, early-career researchers, and graduate students in an interdisciplinary dialogue.

Papers are invited that explore one or more themes listed below. The list, however, is not exhaustive
and papers broadly addressing the concept note are very welcome.

  • Colonial lives and everyday experiences
  • Problems of national identity and national self-determination within the empire
  • Britain, empire, and the world wars
  • Reactions and responses of the colonised population to colonial rule
  • Role of race, class, gender, and caste in the colonised world
  • Dissemination and impact of colonial knowledge, science, and technology
  • End of empire and the road to decolonisation
  • Post-colonial nation-building.

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words along with name (including co-authors if applicable), full contact details, institutional affiliation and a brief bio-note (about 100 words) to by 1 July 2023.

More information can be found here.