Colonial Knowledges: Environment and Logistics in the Creation of Knowledge in British Colonies from 1750-1950.
Seminars will take place from May to September, every other Wednesday from 5pm – 6pm BST via Zoom.
Please submit 200 word abstracts (for 15 minute papers) and a brief biography by April 11th via this form: https://forms.gle/45V6m58ZBWUMXuJt8
The effects of colonial power dynamics on knowledge creation in the long nineteenth century and beyond are well known and have become the foundation of a postcolonial reading of British scholarship in the context of empire. What has been less well examined are the practical effects of the colonial context on knowledge making.
This seminar series seeks to explore how logistical and practical factors, such as the physical environment including climate and distance from the metropole, influenced the creation of both scientific and humanistic knowledge in British colonies.
We invite papers exploring the practicalities of knowledge creation in any British colony from 1750 to 1950. Paper subjects can include but are not limited to:
Communication and the creation of scholarly networks between colony and metropole
The formation of learned societies in the colonial setting
The polymath in a colonial setting: the varied interests of colonial administrators
The interaction between British scholars and already existing local scholarships and knowledges
The interaction between British scholars and local scholars
Interdisciplinary journals and societies created in a colonial context
The circulation of journals between colony and metropole
The publishing and editorial environment of the colony
Acquiring materials and equipment in unfamiliar environments
Library formation and accessibility; acquisition of literature from the metropole
The investigation of phenomena specific to an unfamiliar environment (such as weather, flora, fauna)
The logistics of travel and communication within the colony
The standardisation and institutionalisation of knowledge in the colony
Comparing knowledge creation across the colony and metropole
Papers from across the academic disciplines are welcome.
Charlotte Coull & Tina Janssen