Concurrent Imaginaries, Postcolonial Worlds. Toward Revised Histories

This collection of original essays offer new postcolonial approaches to exploring the richness of concurrences as both a topic and a method for thinking about archives and voices worldwide.

Project manager: Diana Brydon, Peter Forsgren, Gunlög Fur
Participating organization: LNUC Concurrences, Linnaeus University
Financier: Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council), LNUC Concurrences, Linnaeus University
Timetable: 2014 -2017
Subject: American Studies, Art History and Visual Studies, Comparative and Swedish literature, English literature, Globalization and Cultural Studies, History, Sociology.

This project shows that comparative and transnational study that brings together seemingly unrelated concurrent events can have illuminating results, sparking new ways of seeing and thinking about familiar places and times. Reading for concurrences enables a non-hierarchical recognition of the diversity of knowledge systems in a pluriversal world.

In a variety of case studies contributors from different disciplines confirm the productivity of listening for, reading in, and looking at concurrences. Attention is given to Nordic colonialism, at home and abroad, is complemented by studies of colonial practices in Asia, Africa and America, and of the variety of texts from these concurrent encounters from the nineteenth century to the present. By advocating analysis for concurrences, the contributors seek alternative groundings for comparative study and a mode of thinking about similarity and difference together, without privileging one over the other and without assuming parameters of rationality.

This project had to date resulted in the anthology Concurrent imaginaries, postcolonial worlds. Toward revised histories, ed. by Brydon & Forsgren & Fur, publishes by Brill / Rodopi 2017, as well as in a special issue of the journal Culture Unbound, 2014.