• BS8 1TB

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Colonialism research theme focuses on research areas ranging from the ancient to the contemporary, and from the Anglophone to the Lusophone worlds and beyond. Collaborative research on colonialism and post-colonialism is stimulated by crossing established disciplinary boundaries and conventional boundaries of time and space.

Based in the Faculty of Arts, the theme includes scholars from across the University of Bristol and beyond. Core members are in disciplines such as anthropology, drama, film studies, Italian and history, but there are also links with colleagues in the social sciences, including in the Departments of Geography and Sociology.

Outside the University, we have well-established connections with scholars at a range of other institutions, both locally (for example, at the University of the West of England) and globally, through our involvement in the Worldwide University Network’s (WUN) International Network in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.

We have a well-developed postgraduate community, with research students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds playing a key role in our community and its activities, including, in 2011, editing Ex Plus Ultra, an international WUN-funded postgraduate e-journal.

Theme members work on a wide range of individual research projects relating to colonialism and postcolonialism, exchanging ideas and perspectives at regular work-in-progress seminars and other workshops and conferences. Larger-scale, team-based collaborative and comparative projects include the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded research project with the University of Swansea entitled Colonialism in comparative perspective: Tianjin under nine flags, 1860-1949.

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    Research Output

    Figuring out the population bomb. Politics, science and demography 1948-2030

    Sheldon, R. D., 2021, Sustainability and complexity: towards a post-disciplinary approach. Springer London

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    A History That Did Not Happen - Global Peace Movements and Decolonization in Africa, 1959-1962

    Skinner, R., 2020, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Paper


    Student theses

    Breathing Shared Worlds: Northern Ireland, Territory, and Peace

    Author: Merrick, C. A., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Jackson, M. S. (Supervisor) & Fannin, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Capital, Monopoly and Economic Nationalism: A History of British Railways in Colombia, 1902-1930

    Author: Primmer, A., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor) & Decker, R. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    From observatory to dominion: geopolitics, colonial knowledge and the origins of the British Protectorate of the Ionian Islands, 1797-1822

    Author: Zarokostas, E., 6 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Potter, S. (Supervisor) & Sheldon, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    Faculty Teaching Award

    Hodos, Tamar (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • First Prize for Best Monograph, awarded by BAFTSS, 2014

    Street, Sarah C J (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award

    Street, Sarah C J (Recipient), 4 Apr 2020

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    American Historical Association Annual Conference

    Jo E Crow (Participant)

    5 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    REF 2021, Sub-Panel 26 Modern Languages and Linguistics

    Susan R Harrow (Advisor)

    21 Jan 202020 Jan 2022

    Activity: Consultancy typesAppointments or secondments with industry or commerce

    Edmund Burke's statue in Bristol after Black Lives Matter Protests

    Richard D Sheldon (Speaker)

    15 Jun 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation