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Workshop: Settler Colonialism as a Structure?

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This workshop, organized in the context of the Settler Colonial Paradigms (SECOPS) research program of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, explores the extent to which settler colonialism can be understood as a structure that has evolved since ancient times. Starting with Patrick Wolfe’s seminal approach, which emphasizes the logic of elimination as a ‘structure,’ the central role of cultivation, and the contest over land, we will assess the value of the concept of settler colonialism across various chronological and geographic contexts, and how it differs from colonialism studies. The workshop builds on a series of preparatory meetings held at the University of Groningen’s Research Centre for Historical Studies (CHS).


Program (please note that the workshop is a closed event)

Monday 17th: Arrival KNIR & Opening Dinner


Tuesday 18th: Mental Frameworks

9:30 – 9:45 Opening, Tesse Stek & Jeremia Pelgrom

9: 45- 10: 45: Early Modern Dutch (Non-) Settler Colonialism in the Indian Ocean World (1600-1800), Anjana Singh

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15 -12:15 A Roman Model for Dutch Settler Colonialism, Dinah Wouters

12:15- 13:15 Lunch break

13:15- 14:15 Fox, Furs, French — and Frontiers of Settler Colonialism in the Pays d’en Haut?

Megan Williams

14:15-14:30 Coffee break

14:30 – 15:30 Greater India Society and an Indian Vision of Postimperial Settler Colonialism, 1920–50, Arnab Dutta

17:00- 19:30 Excursion Capitol, Rome as a Settler Colonial Model, with Arthur Weststeijn & Jeremia Pelgrom


Wednesday 19th: Land & The Logic of Elimination

9:30 – 10:30 The Roots of Settler Colonialism, Jeremia Pelgrom

10:30 -11:00 Coffee break

11:00- 12:00 Settler Colonialism in Brazil? Reflections on the Center-West, Ian Merkel

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00- 14:00 Plantations in the Peatlands? Domestic Colonization and Settlement in the Nineteenth-Century Dutch North, Maarten Zwiers

14:00-14:15 Coffee break

14:15- 15:15 A Bright Future for Settler Colonialism? Historical patterns of displacement, conquest, and exploitation in contemporary phantasies on the colonisation of outer space, Clemens Six

16:30- 19:00 Excursion to EUR, Museo delle Civiltà/ex Museo Coloniale, with Maria Urban


Thursday 20th: Settler Colonial Identities  

9:30 – 10:30 When does a migrant become a settler? Roman migrants, entrepreneurs and colonists in the Greek East and their role in the Roman power structure. Jitse Daniels

10:30 -11:00 Coffee break

11:00- 12:00 When Does a Settler Become an Ancient Settler? Mark Thompson

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00- 14:00 Contested ‘modernities’, unaccepted ‘intermediaries’? In between-men in settler colonial settings in/ from the Levant (first half of the 20th century), Karene Sanchez-Summerer

14:00-14:15 Coffee break

14:15- 15:15 Failed Promises and Structural Inequalities: Rethinking Settler Colonialism and Reform in Algeria (1954-1962), Rachel Johnston-White

17:00- 19:00: Discussion of the movie Los Colonos by Felipe Gálvez Haberle


Friday 21th: Future of the Network

9:00- 11:00:  Closing discussion: Future of the Network