Bloemfontein 2015

Second Cosmopolis Conference: ‘Abolition and the Idea of Slavery in Global Perspective, 1750-1950’, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 18-19 June 2015 

Ian Phimister (University of the Free State)
Jos Gommans (Leiden University)

Esther Zwinkels (Leiden University). Contact:

Robert Ross (Leiden University, emeritus)
Kerry Ward (Rice University)

The conference is supported by Itinerario.

Call for papers

For the program and abstracts, please see here and here.

Yogyakarta 2014

Cosmopolis Conference: The Making of Religious Traditions in the Indonesian Archipelago: History and Heritage in Global Perspective (1600-1940), 20-22 June 2014, Yogyakarta (Indonesia)


This first COSMOPOLIS-conference will mark the official launch of the Leiden-Yogyakarta PhD-programme “The Making of Religious Traditions in Indonesia: History and Heritage in Global Perspective (1600-1940)” as sponsored by the Leiden University Fund for the years 2014-2018.

Bambang Purwanto (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta)
Jos Gommans (Leiden University)

Carolien Stolte (Leiden University). Contact:

Ronit Ricci (Australian National University).
Merle Ricklefs (Australian National University, emeritus)

Call for papers

For the program and abstracts, please see here and here.

Previous Conferences

Between 2006 and 2012, all Encompass research was carried out within the framework of the ‘Transitions of regimes in Asia’ research theme. This overarching research paradigm focuses on three watersheds in Global Interaction, namely

a)      the impact on local regimes in Southeast Asia of European interventions in early-modern times (1650-1720);

b)      the transition from traditional regimes to the formation of colonial regimes in the same region during the age of revolutions (1780-1830);

c)      the transition represented by the foundation of the modern colonial state and the concomitant emergence of national identities which led to the struggle for independent statehood and economic decolonization (1910-60).

Between 2009 and 2011 three conferences were organized on each watershed respectively in Medan, Mumbai and Colombo in cooperation with local universities and institutes. The conferences were sponsored by the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs.

Colombo 2011

“The rise of Asia’s maritime frontiers. Old and New regimes at the interface of coast and interior, c. 1650 – 1720”

Conference program and abstracts Colombo

Mumbai 2010

“Monsoon Asia in the age of revolutions: changes of regime and their aftermath”

A number of conference papers were published in Itinerario, issue 2011/2:

Conference program and abstracts Mumbai

Medan 2009

“States of transition: modernization, performance and meaning of state and authority in the era of decolonization”

An excellent conference report written by Peter Romijn and Remco Raben was published in Itinerario 2009/2:

Conference program and abstracts Medan

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