I am interested in the ways such buildings, 'imperial places', functioned in these networks and in what imperial meanings they were invested with. By focusing on architecture, the local and spatial workings of empire are underlined. The project Imperial places shows how for Europe, imperialism was never a faraway and abstract phenomenon but very much tangible in European cities ranging from Paris to Glasgow or Hamburg.
A number of concrete case studies from several domains in several European states are used, both in states with and states without colonies of their own. This European perspective serves to investigate the European and transnational dimensions of imperial culture and to complement the hitherto dominant national perspective. The case studies each represent a domain or route with which metropolitan European societies were linked to empire: industry, shipping, missionary activity, politics, and museums.
Funded by: NWO
Budget: EUR 214.474
Miel Groten MA, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Prof. dr. Susan Legêne
Professor of Political History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Dr. Freek Schmidt
Associate Professor Architectural History