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Congres/symposium

Visions of Empire in Dutch History - from the early modern period to the 21st century

Datum
29 september 2016 - 30 september 2016
Bezoekadres
Museum voor Volkenkunde
Steenstraat 1
Leiden
Zaal
Paviljoen

What were the major developments in the history of thinking about empire in Dutch history in the period 1500-2000? What visions of the purpose, need, form, organization and nature of an overseas or colonial empire have been formulated throughout the centuries? What moral, political, and economic arguments have been put forth to justify an empire – or reform or resist it? How and under what circumstances did these visions and arguments change or remain the same?

This conference seeks to examine these questions over the long term, from the early modern period to the twenty-first century, and from an interdisciplinary perspective, connecting history with international law, political economy and political science. The main focus is the long-term development of thinking about empire in Dutch history, but the historical study of this topic evidently suggests global interactions across various empires and disciplines. We explicitly aim to critically engage with recent historiographical and theoretical developments concerning the study of empire.

Organizers

René Koekkoek (Utrecht University), Anne-Isabelle Richard (Leiden University), Arthur Weststeijn (Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome). Sponsored by Leiden Global Interactions, Leiden University Institute for History, Leiden University Fund, Research School Political History.

Programme

29-30 September 2016

THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
08.30-09.00 Registration and coffee/tea
09.00-09.15 Welcome
René Koekkoek (University of Amsterdam), Anne-Isabelle Richard (Leiden University), Arthur Weststeijn (KNIR, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome)
09.15-10.15 ROUNDTABLE
Chair: Karwan Fatah-Black (Leiden University)
Tim Harper (University of Cambridge)
Andrew Fitzmaurice (University of Sydney)
Susan Legêne (VU Amsterdam)
10.15-10.30 break
10.30-12.45 CONSTITUTIONAL, INSTITUTIONAL, AND LEGAL DESIGN I
Chair: Janne Nijman (University of Amsterdam)
Arthur Weststeijn (KNIR) – Republican empire. Liberty and domination in the making of Dutch imperialism
Philip Stern (Duke University) – The Google of their times? The Dutch and English East India Companies and the politics of comparison, then and now
René Koekkoek (University of Amsterdam) – Revolution, civilization, and the colonial Charter of 1804
Alicia Schrikker (Leiden University) – The fringes of enlightenment: Dutch colonialism in Asia 1750-1850
12.45-13.45 break
13.45 -15.45 CONSTITUTIONAL, INSTITUTIONAL, AND LEGAL DESIGN II
Chair: Janne Nijman (University of Amsterdam)
Sanne Ravensberger (Leiden University) – The fainted Jaksa. Rule of law ideals and liberal lawyers in colonial Java (1819-1900)
Romain Bertrand (Sciences Po, Paris) – Javanese visions of the Dutch empire. Early twentieth century Priyayi contributions to the reform (and demise) of Dutch colonialism
Jennifer Foray (Purdue University) – Comparatively exceptional: The paradoxes of 20th century Dutch imperialism in theory and practice
15.45-16.00 break
16.00-17.45 POLITICAL ECONOMY I
Chair: Bart Luttikhuis (KITLV, Leiden)
Catia Antunes (Leiden University) – Historiographical entrenched views on the Dutch Empire: Selected visions, comfortable perceptions and the problems of comparison
Matthias van Rossum (IISH, Amsterdam) – Slave trade and slavery in the Dutch Asian empire
Pernille Roge (University of Pittsburgh) – Dutch Caribbean free ports through a Danish and French imperial lens, ca. 1750-1800

FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
09.00-10.15 POLITICAL ECONOMY II
Chair: Crystal Ennis (Leiden University)
Koen Stapelbroek (Erasmus University/University of Helsinki) – Carthage must be preserved: Global trade and commercial empire from a Dutch 18th century perspective
Thomas Lindblad (Leiden University) – The political economy of the late colonial state in Indonesia 
10.15-10.30 break
10.30-12.30 PRODUCTION AND CULTURES OF KNOWLEDGE
Chair: Mariana Françozo (Leiden University)
Benjamin Schmidt (University of Washington) – Gulliver's scruples and visions of empire
Bart Verheijen (Radboud University Nijmegen) – Dutch resistance against the Napoleonic empire
Marieke Bloembergen (KITLV, Leiden) – Beyond a Dutch empire, beyond ‘Indonesia’. Networks of scholars, pilgrims and gurus, and moral geographies of Greater India, 1920s-1980s
12.30-13.30 break
13.30-15.00 IMPERIAL MEMORIES
Chair: Elizabeth Buettner (University of Amsterdam)
Remco Raben (Utrecht University) – Topic tba
Paul Bijl (University of Amsterdam) – The giving side of Empire
15.00-15.30 CLOSING REMARKS
Tim Harper (University of Cambridge)
Andrew Fitzmaurice (University of Sydney)

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