Colonial histories and postcolonial theory: concurrences as historical methodology

7.5 credits

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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.


To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.

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