NWO – Conference “Colonialism and the Age of Revolutions (1780-1830)”22 nov - 23 nov 2023
Van 9:30 - 18:00uur
Conference organizers: Alicia Schrikker, Alexander van der Meer, Philip Post, Bart Verheijen
Venue: Boerhaave Museum Leiden, Lange Sint Agnietenstraat 10, 2312 WC Leiden
Rooms: welcome/lunch/breaks in the Foyer, conference in the Conference Room (Congresruimte)
The period 1780-1830 is often perceived as a one of a radical transformation of European and imperial politics. During this conference we question this approach to the so-called Age of Revolutions, by shifting the focus from discussions in the metropole to the colonial localities and from change to continuities. Bringing together researchers on both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds, it explores how revolutionary concepts intersected with locally-formed colonial cultures and vice versa. What were the interactions between these deeply-rooted colonial cultures and new ideas and ideals about equality? And why could revolutionary ideas – perhaps counterintuitively – lead to new, racialized, social hierarchies and authoritarian structures? At the same time, spanning the colonial realm from Ambon to Curaçao, and from the Cape to Delaware, this conference focuses on how revolutionary ideas and ideals were taken up and reshaped by colonial subjects to rethink their position and resist colonial power.
During this two-day program, new and ongoing research will be presented on a) colonial resistance and negotiation, b) changes in colonial governance and citizenship, c) notions of colonial legitimacy, d) processes of displacement and exile, e) discussions on how theories and practices about colonial extraction and slavery changed in this period, and f) the complex relationship between religion and empire. As such, this conference analyses the experience of a broad range of colonial actors, ranging from enslaved subjects to high-ranking colonial elites, whose lives were all – in one way or another – touched by the Age of Revolutions.
If you wish to attend, please request to do so by sending an email to the organizers at
Please visit this page for the complete program.
This conference is part of the NWO VIDI project:
Institutional memory in the making of colonial culture: history, experience and ideas in Dutch
colonialism in Asia, 1700 – 1870.