Subproject C08 — Security and Empire. Dynamics of Securitization in Colonial Spaces of the British Empire, 1780-1920
second funding stage (2018-2021)
During the 19th century, British imperial government produced security and insecurities at the same time. The project analyses this correlation, based on an innovative approach that systematically combines the historical approach with a security perspective. In the British colonies, various agents strove for power and interpretational sovereignty. That led to the emergence of particular dynamics which seemed to enhance the incessant reconfiguration of the British Empire. Analyzing notions of (in-)security as well as the dealing with (in-)security thus make it possible to investigate mechanisms of imperial ordering as well as stabilizing and centrifugal powers. That way, the understanding of formation and transformation of governance and ruling in colonies of the British Empire can be deepened and broadened.