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Freedom and Border-making in the Early-modern World

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  • Conference
When Feb 27, 2020 09:00 to
Feb 28, 2020 05:00
Where Heinz Heinen Kolleg
Contact Name Jan Hörber
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Space and labor are key for the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies Research Area D Labor and Spatiality. Through discussing the intersection between the two — that is, when labor demanded spatial shifts — we soon arrive at the borders of the past. The relationship between such border-making and the way that the process of creating, shifting and upholding borders creates radical asymmetries of power is still under-researched, despite their importance to the past (and present) world. Border-making also interacts with the construction of modern ideas of freedom, and of its limits.

In order to best explore how border-crossing labor can illuminate historical constructions of spatiality and freedom, and in line with the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies’ commitment to interdisciplinary research, the participants in this conference aim to connect history, geography and international relations.

The conference is organized as a cooperative event between Lisa Hellman, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, and Manchester University, and forms part of the project “Living on the Edge: experiences and responses to Europe’s changing borderlands”. It will help integrate the British Academy-funded project into the activities of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, and offers a perfect fit for the discussions being held in Research Area D Labor and Spatiality.

Organizers:
Lisa Hellman, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies 
Mariana Boscariol, University of Manchester
Edmond Smith, University of Manchester

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February 27, 2020

3 pm
Registration/Coffee

3:30 pm
Opening/Welcome
Lisa Hellman, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, and Edmond Smith, University of Manchester

4 pm
Keynote Address
Securitizing Space and Time
Sari Nauman, University of Gothenburg

5 pm
Keynote Response
Lisa Hellman, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, and Edmond Smith, University of Manchester

5:15 pm 
Questions and Discussion

6 pm
Drinks Reception

February 28, 2020

9:30 am
Welcome/Coffee

Lisa Hellman Invited commentators for the day:
Martin Aust, Christian G. De Vito and Elena Smolarz, all University of Bonn/Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

10 am
Session 1: Meanings and Uses of Borders

The Akan Borderlands and the Impact of Deep Borders on World-systems
Edmond Smith, University of Manchester

The Imaginary Border: Drawing the Boundaries of Iberian Empires in Asia (Sixteenth–Seventeenth centuries)
Paulo Pinto, CHAM, New University of Lisbon

Security and freedom at the border in pre-unification Italy
Laura di Fiore, University of Neaples "Federico II" 

12 noon
Lunch Break

1 pm
Session 2: Communities on/between/across Borders

Social Advancement, Adaption, Subordination and Resistance: Reflections on Integration and Social Borders in the Seventeenth-century Baltic Region
Dorothée Goetze, University of Bonn

Forming Borders in a Borderless Land: Colonial Expectations and Local Realities on the West Coast of Sumatra, 1680–1720
David Veevers, Queen Mary, University of London

Communities beyond Borders: Labor and Circulations from Alpine Regions in Eighteenth Century
Nicoleta Rolla, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

3 pm
Coffee Break

3:30 pm
Session 3: Borders as Spaces for Exchange and Encounter

Eguafo and Macao: A Comparative Reappraisal of European Encounter
Mariana Boscariol, University of Manchester

The Trade of Swedes, Sami and Africans: Unfreedom and Swedish Border-making in the Early-modern Mediterranean
Joachim Östlund, Lund University

How Weapons Cross Borders: The Transfer of the Musket to China as a Consequence of Ottoman-Portuguese Geopolitical Rivalry
Barend Noordam, Autonomous University of Barcelona 

5:30 pm
Final Remarks
Edmond Smith, University of Manchester

7 pm
Dinner
 

Limited space available.
Please sign up: events[at]dependency.uni-bonn.de

Heinz Heinen Kolleg for Advanced Studies (HHK)
University of Bonn
Heussallee 18–24
D-53113 Bonn
dependency[at]uni-bonn.de

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