We are looking for 1-2 papers and a commentator to join a panel for the 2011 AHA conference in Boston (January 6-9), provisionally titled "Preserving Empire".
This panel will address questions of stewardship, preservation, and colonial/post-colonial relations between imperial powers and their colonies. Stewardship long served as a justification of European imperialism, but it was often only in the 20th century, as empires faced new strains and tensions, that imperial governments found themselves forced to attend more closely to the welfare of their colonial subjects and resources. These belated efforts to perform the 'sacred duties' of the civilizing mission often failed or produced unexpectedly problematic, and even toxic results. This panel will explore how efforts to protect colonial health and environmental resources served unintentionally to reinforce older imperial world-views about the 'unfit' nature of the colonies and could even work to preserve the unequal relations between metropole and (former) colony into the post-colonial moment.
At present this panel consists of two papers that focus on the British Empire, and more specifically with the preservation of the environment in Africa in the early-mid 20th century (Angela Dowdell, Wabash College) and the preservation of colonial health in Jamaica in the 1930s and 40s (Darcy Hughes Heuring, Northwestern University). We welcome proposals concerning other empires, time periods and/or topics.
Darcy Hughes Heuring
Send comments and questions to H-Net
Webstaff. H-Net reproduces announcements that have been submitted to us as a
free service to the academic community. If you are interested in an announcement
listed here, please contact the organizers or patrons directly. Though we strive
to provide accurate information, H-Net cannot accept responsibility for the text of
announcements appearing in this service. (Administration)