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Opening of the Annual Conference 2013

Oct 09, 2013

On Wednesday evening, Prof. Michael Broers (Oxford University) opened the Cluster’s Annual Conference with a keynote lecture in the Alte Aula of Heidelberg University. The historian discussed the question whether Napoleon´s reign over Europe can be considered as the European origin of European colonialism.

In his talk “Nuestras Indias? The European Origins of European Colonialism: Cultural Imperialism in the First Napoleonic Empire and the Subaltern Europe”, Michael Broers discussed the role of the imperial policy in the First Napoleonic Empire. In his lecture, he explored two aspects: a sense of superiority felt by the French conquerors and their purpose to modernise and `enlighten´ the conquered societies. Furthermore, he analysed whether this form of colonialism over European societies can be considered as the origin of European colonialism in Asia and other parts of the world.

Prof. Michael Broers is Professor of Western European History at Oxford University. He was visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. In 2005, he won the Prix Napoléon of the Napoléon Foundation. Prof. Michael Broers was awarded as Leverhulme Major Research Fellow for his project “Napoleonic civilization: a regime and its agendas” for the academic years 2011-2013. His major research interest is in Italian and French History in the 18th and 19th century, in particular the Napoleonic period. Specifically, he is interested in the application of cultural imperialism to European contexts in the Revolutionary- Napoleonic period, and in the relationship of regionalism and popular Catholicism to modern state-building.

The Annual Conference 2013 “Managing Empires. Cooperation, Competition, Conflict” of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” was organised by Prof. Dr. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos and researchers from Research Area A “Governance & Administration”: Prof. Dr. Harald Fuess, PD Dr. Susan Richter, David Mervart (PhD) and Sebastian Meurer.

Further information:
Annual Conference Programme
Annual Conference Concept
Press Release
Press Release at Universität Heidelberg
Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos
Research Area A "Governance & Administration"


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  • Prof. Broers during his lecture

  • Prof. Mittler opens the conference

  • Introduction to the talk by Prof. Panagiotopoulos

  • Audience at Alte Aula

  • Discussions after the talk