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Dividing the World? Imperial Formations in Continental and Maritime Empires from the 17th to the 21st Century

14.-17. Juni 2016

The 4th GRAINES summer school takes a closer look at continental and maritime empires from the 17th to the 21st century. We focus on various forms of empires and imperialism, investigate the similarities and differences between imperial settings and discuss how imperial formations can be approached from various disciplinary and methodological standpoints.

In her keynote lecture Prof. Dr. Ulrike von Hirschhausen (University of Rostock) addresses the potential of biographies as an approach to better understand how empires work. Taking the example of Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III, the Maharaja of the Indian state of Baroda, she explores his encounters with the colonial state both in India and in Britain around 1900. Her aim is to show the analytical potential of personal experiences in connecting and entangling the imperial space.