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.
Project: Huseby in the World Joseph Stephens was one of many young Scandianvian men in the 1860s who chose to make a career in colonial India. The British Empire’s large work market, characterized by m…
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 soldier-diploma…
Project: Narrating the Trauma of the Algerian Independence War: Empathy and Narrative Strategies in a Selection of Francophone Novels This individual research project is about empathy in Assia Djebar’s…
Project: Narratives of Empire In this project we study how postcolonial and decolonial ideas are conveyed in popular culture.
Project: Religious expression among Tatars, Chuvash, Komis, and Udmurts in a period of resurgent Russian imperialism Project managerTorsten LöfstedtParticipating organizationsLinnaeus UniversityFinanci…
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 eco…
Project: Rule by Association: Japan in the Global Trans-Imperial Culture 1868-1912 This PhD project highlights Japan's engagement with globally-circulating colonial ideas and practices during the perio…
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 ma…
Project: Transgression of the Law of Silence and Transmission in Le corps de ma mère of Fawzia Zouari In this individual project I analyze orality and biography in the novel Le corps de ma mère (2016) …
The India-China Corridor The large trans-border region, connecting Bengal in India, Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, and Yunnan in China to each other, has been shaped by multiple polities under the pressure…
- Amrita Ghosh Researcher
- Eleonora Poggio Researcher
- Gunnel Cederlöf Professor
- Hans Hägerdal Professor
- Ingemar Gunnarsson Research strategist
- Joachim Östlund Senior lecturer
- Johan Höglund Professor
- Kirsten Husung Senior lecturer
- Linda Andersson Burnett Researcher
- Malin Lennartsson Associate Professor, Head of Department
- Torsten Löfstedt Associate Professor
Affiliated Researchers at other Universities
- Henrik Cheetan Aspengren
- Bruce Buchan, Griffith University, Australia