Encounters of Empires

Interimperial Transfers and Imperial Manifestations (1870-1950)

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For several decades empires have been a central topic of international research; the attempts to grasp both the unique character of every single empire and their functional similarities are legion. Most studies are concerned and struggle with a comprehensive definition of exercising imperial power. After all, the term empire does not only refer to the formation of hierarchical power structures but also comprises the coexistence of different power practices and correspondingly the manifestations of specific regimes of rule within imperial realms. This coexistence of different imperial formations, however, was also significantly characterized by cooperation, inasmuch as for example scientific conferences, diplomatic relations or general exchange of practices concerning colonial rule represented fields of mutual willingness to learn from each other. In focusing on interimperial encounters the conference highlights ideas of empire that originated in imperial contact zones and follows them to their materializations and implementations within specific political, social and cultural frameworks.


Thursday, January 17th, 2013

10.00 Welcome Address & Introduction

Dietrich Boschung (Cologne)

Volker Barth & Roland Cvetkovski (Cologne)

Connecting Colonialisms

10.45 Ulrike Lindner (Bielefeld)

European Colonial Experts, New Forms of Knowledge Exchange and the Development of Expert Institutions at the End of the 19th Century

11.30 Florian Wagner (Florence)

Conceptualizing Empires: European Colonial Associations between Theory and Practice of Colonialism (1870-1914)


12.15 Lunch

Labor Policies

14.00 Minu Haschemi Yekani (Florence)

(Transnational) Circuits of Labor: Asian Indentured Laborers and Inter-imperial Recruitment Practices in German East Africa (1885-1914)

14.45 Eric Allina (Ottawa)

The »Best Colonizing Principles«: Labor Policy and »Native Administration« in Colonial Mozambique


15.30 Coffee Break

Exploiting Resources

15.45 David Schorr (Tel Aviv)

The British Empire and Interimperial Transfers of Water Law, 1870-1950

16.30 Christian Lotz (Marburg)

Facing a Timber-Frontier? Imperial Governments, International Conferences and the Problem of Calculating Future Prospects of Timber Supply in Northern Europe, 1850-1914

Friday, January 18th, 2013

10.00 Keynote

John M. MacKenzie (Lancaster)

European Imperialism: a Zone of Co-operation rather than Competition?


11.00 Coffee Break

Claiming Authority

11.15 Alexander Morrison (Liverpool)

Competitive Emulation in the Russian Conquest of Central Asia


12.00 Lunch

Military and Violence

13.30 Susanne Kuß (Freiburg)

Franco-German Military Cooperation in the Boxer War 1900/01

14.15 Jonas Kreienbaum (Rostock)

Deadly Learning? Concentration Camps and Zones in Colonial Wars around 1900

Adaptation and Counterbalance

15.00 Torsten Weber (Freiburg)

»Asia« as Empire: Modes of Cooperation and Hegemony in Interimperial Discourse after the First Sino-Japanese War (1894/95)


15.45 Coffee Break


Concluding Comments and Final Discussion

16.00 Ulrike von Hirschhausen (Rostock)




Venue/Ort der Veranstaltung:
Internationales Kolleg Morphomata Universität zu Köln, Weyertal 59 (Back Building: Third Floor), 50937 Köln



Volker Barth, Dietrich Boschung, Roland Cvetkovski, Larissa Förster



Volker Barth (volker.barth[at]uni-koeln.de)

Roland Cvetkovski (rcvetkov[at]uni-koeln.de)

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