Decolonising colonial ports and global history: rethinking archives of power

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To kick off its new funded year, the Colonial Ports and Global History (CPAGH) Network at TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities will host an interdisciplinary workshop, ‘Decolonising colonial ports and global history: rethinking archives of power’ on Saturday, 9 November 2019 at the TORCH Seminar Room at Radcliffe Humanities. Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided. 

 

The workshop will begin in the morning with the ‘Port Café’ – a participatory discussion in the style of a World Café. The three invited hosts (Erica Charters, Philip Burnett, Priya Atwal) will address such cutting-edge topics as ‘reading subaltern power beyond colonial and imperial archives’, ‘hearing sonic archives and dissonant oral histories’, and ‘re/examining local archives and practices across the Global North and South’.   

 

In the afternoon, and following from the Port Café, there will be themed panels on the related perspectives of gender and intersectional identities in colonial ports and port cities, and globality, im/mobility, and ‘histories from below’. The confirmed presenters are Katrina Gulliver, Urvi Khaitan, and Stephanie Mawson (gender panel); Paris Chronakis, Tamara Fernando, Maziyar Ghiabi, and Stephen Legg (globality panel). 

 

The workshop will conclude with an open-floor discussion.  

 

 

Registration is free but required due to a limited room capacity. For the full programme and registration page, please follow the link to the EventBrite page. 

 

Enquiries: cpagh@torch.ox.ac.uk

 

 

PROGRAMME

 

 

09:15 Coffee and registration

 

09:30 Welcome

Yvonne Liao (CPAGH)

 

09:45 Port Café

Chair: Julia Binter (CPAGH)

 

Table 1

‘Decolonising the eye’: reading subaltern power beyond colonial and imperial archives

Host: Erica Charters (Oxford)

Moderators: Katharina Oke (CPAGH) and Hatice Yildiz (CPAGH)

 

Table 2

‘Decolonising the ear’: hearing sonic archives and dissonant oral histories

Host: Philip Burnett (Bristol)

Moderators: Yvonne Liao and Min-Erh Wang (CPAGH)

 

Table 3

Towards decolonising knowledge: re/examining local archives and practices across the Global North and South

Host: Priya Atwal (King’s College London)

Moderators: Olivia Durand (CPAGH) and Helena Lopes (CPAGH)

 

11:45 Lunch

 

13:00 Panel: On gender and intersectional identities in colonial ports and port cities

Chair: Hatice Yildiz

 

Presenters:

 

Katrina Gulliver (Bristol)

The Female Traveller as Anthropologist

 

Urvi Khaitan (Oxford)

Women Beneath the Surface: Coal and the Colonial State in India during World War II

 

Stephanie Mawson (Cambridge)

Folk Magic and Cultural Hybridity in Seventeenth-Century Manila

 

14:30 Coffee break

 

15:00 Panel: On globality, im/mobility, and ‘histories from below’

Chair: Helena Lopes

 

Presenters:

 

Paris Chronakis (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Cosmopolitan port cities, trans-regional migrations, and the cross-Mediterranean circuit of modern antisemitism, 1830–1912

 

Tamara Fernando (Cambridge)

Alternative Oceanic Sites? Pearling Camps at Manama, Bahrain and Mannar, Sri Lanka, as alternatives to the Port City

 

Stephen Legg (Nottingham)

Delegates at Sea: a Mobile Conference between India and England?

 

16:30 Concluding open-floor discussion

Moderators: Olivia Durand and Katharina Oke

 

c.17:15 End of workshop

 

 

 

 

 

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