May 25-26, 2017

University of Birmingham, UK

Everyday Empires: Trans-Imperial Circulations in a Multi-Disciplinary Perspective” brings together scholars working across geographical, chronological, and methodological lines to reinterpret the ways in which empire was lived through commonplace things, spaces, and decisions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The conference interrogates empire as a process emergent through the everyday negotiated material practices of its citizens and subjects: from bicycles to hotel bars; from medicine cabinets to the daily labour of the rubber plantation; from teakettles to steamship tickets. A key focus of the conference is to develop a greater discussion of inter-imperial and trans-imperial dynamics.

This two-day conference is generously sponsored by the Modern and Contemporary History Centre, the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures, the American and Canadian Studies Centre, and Past & Present.