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Diversity & Empires: Governance of racial and religious plurality overseas (16th-20th centuries)

Wednesday 9 June 2021 - Friday 11 June 2021


DAY 1: 9 June 2021

13h-13h15 CET           Welcome & Opening – Cátia Antunes (Leiden University)

13h15-14h CET           Keynote: Jean Frédéric Schaub (EHESS)

14h-15h30 CET          Panel 1 Conceptual discussion

Chair: Matthias van Rossum (International Institute of Social History)

  • Jane Burbank (New York University): Diversity as a fact of imperial life
  • Guido van Meersbergen (University of Warwick): Managing Diversity: Sex, Race, and Mestization in 17th-Century Company Discourse
  • Tamar Herzog (Harvard University): Old and New in the Iberian World (and elsewhere)

15h30-16h CET            Break

16h-17h45 CET            Panel 2 Labour Relations

Chair:  Sophie Rose (Leiden University)

  • Jelmer Vos (University of Glasgow): Labour at Angola’s coffee plantations in comparative perspective
  • Ravi Ahuja (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen): Indian seafarers, ‘racial management’ and the British Empire
  • Rafaël Thiebaut (Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac): Managing Diversity: Supervising Functions in Managing Colonial Workplaces
  • Alexander Geelen (International Institute of Social History): Regulating mobility in the Dutch early modern overseas empire

DAY 2: 10 June 2021

13h-14h45 CET           Panel 3 Legal Practices

Chair:  Karwan Fatah-Black (Leiden University)                   

  • Noelle Richardson (Universiteit Utrecht): Petitioning for Privileges: Hindu Merchants as Socio-Cultural and Religious Litigants in the Portuguese Estado da Índia, c.1730-1850
  • André Luís Bezerra Ferreira (Universidade Federal do Pará): The uses and managements of indigenous, africans, and mestizo identities in the legal sphere in Portuguese Amazônia (18th century)
  • Timo McGregor (New York University): Peacemaking and Political Pluralism in Suriname and New Netherland, 1664-1675
  • Elisabeth Heijmans (University of Antwerp): Prosecution patterns in Dutch early modern colonial criminal courts

14h45-15h15 CET           Break

15h15-16h45 CET           Panel 4 Regulating Mobility and Space

This panel is cancelled

DAY 3: 11 June 2021

13h-14h45 CET           Panel 5 Sex & Marriage

Chair:  Alexander Geelen (International Institute of Social History)

  • Leontine Hulzink: Vices of the tongue: The use of gossip in Cape civil insult and defamation cases in 18th century Cape Town
  • Ângela Barreto Xavier (Universidade de Lisboa): Marriage regulations and local practices, in early-modern Goa
  • Deborah Hamer (Omohundro Institute): The Contested Meaning of Luso-Dutch Marriages in the Fall of Dutch Brazil.
  • Sophie Rose (Leiden University): Marriage, sex, family: Intimate conflicts in Dutch early modern colonial courts

14h45-15h15 CET           Break

15h15-16h45 CET           Panel 6 Continuities? 19th and 20th Centuries

Chair: Ulbe Bosma (International Institute of Social History)

  • Margret Frenz (University of Stuttgart): Indians Took Their Chance.’ Negotiating Diversity in Twentieth-Century South Africa
  • Mariana P. Candido (University of Emory): Land regimes in Benguela during the 19th century
  • Julie Marquet (Université du Littoral et de la côte d'Opale): Governing diversity. The continuity of the French colonial state in India in the 19th century

16h45-17h15 CET           Conclusions


For registration please send an email before 04/06/2021 to: Elisabeth.Heijmans@uantwerpen.be.

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