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Greater Britain? Rewriting the Settler Colonies into the History of British Imperialism

Call for Papers

12 March 2020, University of Cambridge

Recent years have witnessed concerted efforts to transcend and challenge post-imperial nationalist historiographies. Histories of Canada, Newfoundland, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have not been immune to this change in emphasis. Likewise broader histories of the British Empire and British imperialism have begun to recognise the need to integrate the story of the Dominions and the ways they were connected or disconnected to other parts of the Empire and contributed to the ebb and flow of ideas, objects and people. This graduate conference therefore hopes to bring together graduate students and early-career scholars to advance, discuss and interrogate this ‘imperial turn’ in the histories of Britain’s former ‘white Dominions’ and of accounts of British imperialism.


We welcome submissions relating to the relationship, broadly defined, between the Dominions and imperialism. Submissions are particularly invited on topics including, but not limited to: 


•Settler Colonialism; settler revolution; ‘settlerism’ as ideology 

•Greater Britain; imperial federation 

•Imperial constitutional and political history 

•The Commonwealth; the British World 

•Britishness, race and imperial masculinity; gender, culture and empire; 

•Dominions and India; Crown Colonies 

•Networks, connections, and movement; diaspora and migration; technology. 



Sessions will typically include three 20 minutes papers, followed by 30 minutes of questions and discussion. 


Interested doctoral students and early-career researchers should send a short abstract (max. 500 words) and a brief CV (max. 2 pages) to convenors Daniel McKay (djtm2) and Martin Crevier (mc2052) at: Download CFP Poster: Conference Twitter:

CFP Deadline: 20 January 2020