Colonial Ports and Global History (CPAGH)
CPAGH is the first interdisciplinary network of its kind at Oxford, fostering collaborative thinking about colonial ports and global history, and, bringing together a diversity of researchers in terms of their cultural backgrounds, career stages, colleges and disciplines (Anthropology, English, History, Musicology). The Founding Members’ wide-ranging specialisms extend from the Niger Delta, neo-colonialism in New Orleans and Odessa to Ottoman and Indian manufacturing centres, and East Asian ports. They all share a keen interest in postcolonial theory and the ways it can materially enrich epistemologies of global history. In creating a shared enterprise that transcends different concepts and methodologies, CPAGH will facilitate new knowledge exchange across disciplinary canons, crucially advocating global history as an interdisciplinary practice, and formulating a global research ethics around local perspectives and narratives.
Why set up CPAGH?
Colonial ports were dynamic nodes of political, economic and socio-cultural activity, connecting people, ideas and things and, thus, playing a key role in shaping global history. The concepts and methodologies that inform research on these sites transcend the confines of individual disciplines, yet to date, colonial ports have often been researched in isolation rather than synergistically. While they vary greatly in their political, economic and socio-cultural conditions, the impact of colonial ports on the ways researchers (re)map and (re)interpret knowledge is best substantiated through exchange that is interdisciplinary, comparative and multicultural. CPAGH aims to establish such dialogue through targeted activities, connecting archival and ethnographic researchers interested in questions of historiography, epistemology and agency; and interfacing these researchers with such stakeholders as archivists, curators, performing musicians, A-Level students and adult learners. In doing so CPAGH hopes to engender a more comprehensive, widely intelligible and post-Eurocentric approach to colonialism in global history—and to its enduring legacies across time and place.
On 8 November 2018 (Michaelmas, Week 5) CPAGH’s multimedia launch will take place at the Grade II listed St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. This will feature a cross-disciplinary, cross-professional panel, whose engaging position statements will be interspersed with live segments of music from and/or associated with colonial ports provided by a string group. On 2 and 3 May 2019 (Trinity, Week 1) CPAGH will hold an interdisciplinary conference envisaged to push (further) the boundaries, with two keynotes and a World Café workshop alongside the usual panels. Further details will be posted in due course on CPAGH’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and on the TORCH and University websites.
Founding Members & Network Email:
Dr Yvonne Liao
Dr Hatice Yıldız