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It will also discuss the challenges that the idea of ‘global’ poses to scholars today and the panorama of intellectual production that reflect upon this matter.


Since the fifteenth century, an extended geographical, natural, scientific and political reality has posed a continuous challenge to the ways in which the world has been understood historically. And misunderstood. The aim of this conference is to address the processes of interpretation, both explicit and implicit, recognized and obscured, that were initiated by European Expansion. Imperial spaces, whether governed by the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, English, French or other Europeans, set the stage for contact, confrontation, and conflict in colonized spaces such as Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, India, or Martinique where regimes of translation, circulation, and resistance emerged. How many implicit misunderstandings or tacit silences characterized human interactions in the face of a new, shared, and connected reality?

In recent years concepts such as the 'first globalization', 'global history' and 'world history', have attempted to connect these multiple realities. But how have these approaches been understood and put into practice? Intellectual production has been prolific and this is an opportune moment to reflect upon these questions, and assess what has been achieved and what strides are yet to be made.

We invite scholars from all humanities and social science disciplines to submit panel proposals on the following themes:

1. Methodological challenges to global/world history
2. New directions in historiography
3. Classical traditions: fostering and impeding new understandings
4. Religion and moral order
5. Language, communication, and translation
6. Making sense of the globe: space and territory
7. Commercial networks and the rise of capitalism
8. Imperial power dynamics and local political realities
9. Circulation and consumption of material and visual culture
10. Law, legal regimes and the practice of justice
11. Socio-cultural interactions and the construction of colonial societies
12. Colonial cities and urban landscapes
13. Nature, science, and empire

Call for Papers

Proposals should include the following
- paper title
- short abstract of less than 300 characters
- abstract of 250 words.
The proposal may also state the audio-visual requirements you have for your presentation.

Attention: All abstracts and presentations must be in English.

Please browse the list of accepted panels and make your proposal to an appropriate panel. On the panel page, beneath the long abstract you will find a link stating 'Propose a paper'. Click that to access the online form.

All proposals must be made via the bespoke on-line facility that Cham is using to handle all proposals. Proposals should not be sent by email. Convenors wishing to present in their own panel should also use the online form to enter their proposal.

On submission of the proposal, you should be taken to a screen stating that your submission was completed successfully. If not then you need to try again. On completion the convenors will be sent an automated email alerting them to your proposal. You will also be sent such an email. If you do not receive this email, please first check the login environment (click login above) to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means your confirmation email got spammed/lost; and if it is not, it means you need to re-submit, as the process went wrong somewhere!

Proposals will be marked as pending until the Call for Papers closes, and convenors are asked to make decisions. They will then be marked as accepted or rejected; and the panel convenors will inform you of their decisions.

Any queries with the above please send email to the address.

For more information visit the website.

Colonial (Mis)Understandings. Portugal and Europe in Global Perspective, 1450-1900

from 17/07/2013
to 20/07/2013

Centro de História de Além-Mar
Avenida de Berna, 26 C, 1069-061 Lisbon
9h00 às 17h30

Manuel Teixeira
Lisboa PT


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