Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

The Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies is a leading centre for Colonial and Postcolonial studies in Europe and a major research environment for Global History.

We analyze the human consequences of colonialism and other forms of domination throughout the history of the world, particularly on those dispossessed and marginalized by colonial and imperial expansion.

About us

Our mission

Initially a ten-member project funded by the Swedish Research Council in 2010, the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies is one of five prominent research environments at Linnaeus University. As an interdisciplinary centre, it brings together twenty Linnaeus University researchers, from graduate students to full professors, in eight disciplines: Archaeology, Comparative Literature, English Literature, French Literature, History, the Study of Religions, Social Work, and Sociology.

The Centre hosts seminars, workshops, conferences and other research activities. A guest researcher program was established in 2012, which to date has allowed around 40 scholars − including many from the Global South and Indigenous groups − to spend between one and six months at the Centre. Each semester contains a two-day workshop focused on a specific topic, with invited guests or in collaboration with other leading research centres and institutions in the fields of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and Global History.

Most of the Centre's research is organized into research clusters:

  • The Cluster for Colonial Connections and Comparisons
  • The Cluster for Migration, Citizenship, and Belonging
  • The Aesthetics of Empire Research Cluster



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The research at the Centre is organized in three thematic research clusters, with most members belonging to one or two of the clusters. The clusters organize seminars, workshops, guest lectures and other activities designed to stimulate synergy and collaboration between cluster members and associated members at other universities in Sweden and worldwide.

Research projects

Our Researchers

Post-graduate Education

One of the most important tasks of the Centre is the training of the next generation of researchers. To date four students associated with the Centre have completed their PhD theses in the field of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. 



Publications in DIVA

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