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Colonial histories and postcolonial theory: concurrences as historical methodology

7.5 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.

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This course is an elective course within the master's programme in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. The programme is designed to meet the societal and academic need for a discerning and critical analysis of the impact and consequences of colonialism in history and today. A special focus lies on how the modern world has been shaped through the colonial exercise of power, discourse, networks, and knowledge, and how these factors continue to impact economic, social, cultural, and political relations in postcolonial contemporary society. There is a close collaboration with the international research centre Concurrences.

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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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