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Informal Empires

Add to calendar 2022-01-20 17:00 2022-02-26 13:00 Europe/Rome Informal Empires Sala degli Stemmi Villa Salviati - Castle YYYY-MM-DD


Thu 20 Jan 2022 17.00 - 19.00

Fri 28 Jan 2022 13.00 - 15.00

Thu 03 Feb 2022 17.00 - 19.00

Thu 10 Feb 2022 17.00 - 19.00

Thu 17 Feb 2022 17.00 - 19.00

Fri 25 Feb 2022 09.00 - 18.00

Sat 26 Feb 2022 09.00 - 13.00


Sala degli Stemmi

Villa Salviati - Castle

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This seminar investigates practices of empire in different sites around the world, and explores the ways in which those practices shaped and influenced societies and politics both inside and outside of Europe.

In this seminar, we investigate a range of a-typical practitioners of what is sometimes called ‘informal Empire’: individuals from the realms of business, science, or organized religion, for example, whose undertakings shaped Europe’s global relations, albeit often unintentionally. At the same time, we also examine how local peoples engaged with these same practices and principles of empire in order to pursue their own particular ends.

We do not focus primarily on definitions of empires or of colonial rule, although we do discuss the character and legacies of both. Instead we emphasize the many varieties of colonialism and the many possible, sometimes even hidden, layers of imperial rule in different global contexts. Thus, our approach examines a range of imperial practices and seeks to challenge the implicit hierarchy of modern European colonialism that makes France and Britain into emblematic cases from which other, allegedly less successful empires, diverged. In short, we aim to replace existing typologies of empire by exploring more diverse sites and practitioners of empire.


Alba Parrini

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