Colonial histories and postcolonial theory: concurrences as historical methodology7.5 credits
Things happen simultaneously in the same or different places and are perceived differently depending on who is experiencing them. Yet, history writing has long been dominated by a ‘Western’ or European approach to narrating and making sense of the past. This course we will discuss postcolonial and global-history theories that set out to challenge this Eurocentrism. It will in particular discuss the challenges facing history writing when it comes to illustrating people’s varying experiences and the stories that originate from European colonialism and expansion. Credits in history and some previous knowledge of historical methods and historiography are required.
Image source: View of the great mine of copper of Fahlun in Dalecarlia, from a drawing by Johan Fredrik Martin of Stockholm, 1822, in E. D. Clarke, Travels in various countries of Europe, Asia and Africa. Scandinavia bd. 3:2 (Cambridge, 1823)
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