This is the first conference that explicitly sets out to explore the concept of globalisation in a historical context. Between the 18th and 20th centuries, the expansion of the British empire, in particular, played a hugely significant part in promoting increasingly complex exchanges, relationships, and interconnections between different territories, peoples, and parts of the world. Papers will explore inter-related developments in both metropole and colonies, and will focus on issues such as speed technologies, ports and transnational networks, diasporas of ideas, cinema and entertainment, cartoon representations, commodities and consumption, the economics of empire, policing and postcolonial legacies.

This conference is jointly organised by The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies at The Open University ( and the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum (

The conference is being held at the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum on 10-11 September 2004.

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Heather Scott, Research Centre Secretary; or Dr Sandip Hazareesingh The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies Faculty of Arts, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK

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