In seeking to contribute to more nuanced narrations of the past, the Cluster’s interdisciplinary approach is informed by both postcolonial theory, Indigenous knowledge and the burgeoning field of Global History. Much of the Cluster’s research is based on the study of archival and documentary sources, but the Cluster also aims to promote other sources and methods, such as digital tools and oral history.
The researchers of the Cluster emphasize themes such as migration, mobility, identity, religion, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, slavery, racism, violence, inter-cultural diplomacy and mutual influences between colonies and metropoles. Being at the frontlines of current international research efforts in the discipline of History to write new, actor-oriented histories of modern colonialism that take both micro and macro developments into account, the members of the Cluster are interested both in highlighting connections and in problematizing disconnections and silences. In doing so, the Cluster’s research aims to contribute to a critical and multivocal global history that takes into account the long-term impact of colonial encounters and imperial forms of domination.
The empirical research undertaken by the members of the Cluster also seeks to uncover the nuances and complexity of the processes and phenomena subsumed under labels such as 'imperialism', 'European expansion', 'colonial oppression', 'civilization', and 'postcolonialism'. The critical study of these and other concepts associated with colonialism thus challenges us to question what we think we know about the modern history of asymmetrical power relations and resistance, as well as the contemporary legacies of colonialism.
Colonial encounters and negotiation processes in Southeast Asia, a region that has not yet been fully integrated in the field of Global History, is a strong area of research in the Cluster. Another prominent part of the Cluster’s research is centred on the archive of the southern Swedish estate of Huseby and its owner Joseph Stephens (1841−1934), which testifies to the networks of knowledge and capital that existed between Scandinavia and the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A third focus area highlights the participation of Nordic states and actors in colonial ventures, both in the Nordic region, particularly Sápmi, and overseas. Other parts of Asia and the Americas are also strongly represented in the Cluster’s research.
Doctoral project: The making of the Filipino/a "homosexual" This doctoral project aims to investigate the history of how non-normative genders and sexualities were medicalized and pathologized in the…
Project: Captain Jack's riding whip – Swedish emigrants and indigenous peoples in North America A riding whip belonging to the Modoc leader Captain Jack is one the treasures at the Ethnographic Museum…
Project: Encountering Diplomacy in Early Modern Southeast Asia: Actors, Practices, Translation This project examines negotiations and cross-cultural communication in maritime Southeast Asia between…
Project: Exception and emergency: British imperial governance in Asian frontier tracts This historical project studies an economically and politically key region in Asia under the pressures of global…
Project: Huseby in the World Joseph Stephens was one of many young Scandinavian men in the 1860s who chose to make a career in colonial India. The British Empire’s large work market, characterized by…
Project: Imperial Expansion and Intercultural Diplomacy: Treaty-making in Southeast Asia, c.1750−1920 This collaborative research project in Global and Diplomatic History investigates the often…
Project: Intermediaries in Imperial Expansion: Connections and Encounters on the U.S. Frontiers, 1876–1916 The project focuses on a U.S. Cavalry officer, Hugh Lenox Scott (1853–1934), a…
Project: Making mission families The purpose of this project is to investigate how ideas and practises concerning family, household and home are constructed and negotiated within Scandinavian…
Project: Narratives of Empire In this project we study how postcolonial and decolonial ideas are conveyed in popular culture.
Project: Reprisal and retribution: Economic warfare and its concurrent effects in New Spain, 1635-1698 The project will assess the political significance of the American provinces in Spain’s global…
Project: Shaping foreignness. The effects of state agency on social categorization processes in colonial Latin America, 1590-1700 This project in global migration history investigates the role of…
Project: The Aru Islands: Trade, beliefs and colonial encounters on the fringe of Indonesia The project focuses on a part of the Moluccas in present-day Indonesia, the Aru Islands. These islands are…
Project: Tracks through nature – the railways and environmental consequences of colonial infrastructure in India, c. 1860-1870 By focusing on environmental conditions and resources, this project…
Project: Trans-Himalayan Flows, Governance and Spaces of Encounter The project studies the formation of imperial rule under exceptional conditions in northeast India, Burma and Yunnan 1850-1920. It…
Project: Women on their own to America and back again The focus of the project is the experiences of single women who emigrated to the United States in the early 20th century and later returned to…
- Birgit Tremml Werner
- Brinda Kumar Doctoral student
- Eleonor Marcussen Researcher
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- Eleonora Poggio Researcher
- Franklin Martinez Doctoral student
- Gunlög Fur Professor
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- Gunnel Cederlöf Professor
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- Hans Hägerdal Professor, subject representative
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- Kiel Ramos Suarez Doctoral student
- Malin Gregersen Analyst
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- Stefan Eklöf Amirell Professor
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- Tamara Ann Tinner Doctoral student
- Henrik Cheetan Aspengren, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs
- Bruce Buchan, Griffith University, Australia
- Linda Andersson Burnett, Uppsala University