The Sixth Galway Conference on Colonialism, June 24-26, 2010
Call for Papers

Sixth Galway Conference on Colonialism

24-26 June 2010

Call for Papers

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the role of education in shaping, promoting, and challenging imperial and colonial ideologies, institutions and processes throughout the modern world. 


John Coolahan

Sanjay Seth 

Gauri Viswanathan

We invite papers that address the following themes:

  • the role of educational institutions, ranging from primary schools to institutions of higher education such as universities, missionary colleges, engineering and medical schools, and so on, in shaping imperial, colonial and global processes
  • the relationship between imperialism, colonialism and the development of modern knowledge systems, including new disciplines and new techniques of rule, particularly in areas such as science.
  • the development of curriculum innovation to meet the needs of empire
  • education about imperial history (during and after empire)
  • education and imperial and (post-)colonial models of childhood
  • education and the creation of professional diasporas
  • types and patterns of knowledge transfer within the framework of empire, including publications and broadcasting relating to education, science, technology, health and government, both between metropoles and colonies and within and between colonies
  • the insecurities or failures of imperial and colonial educational and knowledge practices, as well as of resistances to these practices
  • transitions in educational practice, either from pre-colonial to colonial or colonial to post-colonial eras

Since this conference is being in part funded through a grant provided by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences to an inter-university group to explore the relationship between empire and higher education in Ireland, papers are especially invited for a strand exploring the particularity of Irish institutions of higher education in shaping the above processes, and of the role of higher education in shaping Irelandís ambiguous coloniality.

Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Please submit an abstract, of not more than 300 words.  All abstracts should be submitted on line in pdf format before January 31, 2010.  Please click here to submit an abstract.