Cluster for Colonial Connections and Comparisons

The Cluster for Colonial Connections and Comparisons within the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies aims to provide new perspectives on the history of colonialism and imperialism around the world from the fifteenth century until the present day by combining comparative and entangled global historical methods.

Our research

Informed by postcolonial theory and recent developments in the field of global history, the cluster seeks to uncover the complex links that operated within and across the borders of empires and to highlight the differences as well as the similarities between different colonial empires and colonial contexts, both temporally and spatially.

In doing so, the cluster is at the frontlines of the current international research efforts to write a new, or connected, imperial history based both on conventional historical sources and methods and non-conventional ones, such as oral history, literature and religious, social and cultural practices. The research of the cluster emphasizes themes such as gender, race, identity, culture, civilization, Indigenous experience and the mutual influences between colony and metropole.

By focusing on mutual connections and comparisons, both within colonial empires and between colonies and colonial empires, the empirical research undertaken by the members of the cluster seeks to uncover the nuances and complexity of the processes and phenomena subsumed under labels such as 'colonialism', 'imperialism', 'European expansion', 'colonial oppression', 'civilization', 'anti-colonial resistance' 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 colonial domination and resistance, as well as about the contemporary legacies of colonialism across the world.

Projects

Staff

Affiliated Researchers at other Universities

  • Henrik Cheetan Aspengren
  • Bruce Buchan, Griffith University, Australia