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From Barataria to Utopia: Economic-Positivism, Scientific Governance, and Colonial Discourses of International Order, 1880-1940

From Barataria to Utopia: Economic-Positivism, Scientific Governance, and Colonial Discourses of International Order, 1880-1940

Objective

EPOSSCIGOV examines how colonial governments in Australian Papua/New Guinea and British West Africa broke with 'humanitarian' practices of governance in the early 20th C, began implementing 'scientific' rule, eventually transferred 'scientific' principles to League of Nations mandates that they administered, and therefore made unrealized contributors to the rise of the concept of 'economic interests' in interwar international discourses of world order. It does so by building on recent methodological innovations in the examination of colonial, imperial, and international governance, considering each as necessarily entangled both in time and in colonial space. Recovering and reassembling the archive of colonial-to-international transfers, as EPOSSCIGOV proposes to do, reveals the significant number and substance of such entanglements. Likewise, EPOSSCIGOV considers the substance of these entanglements in a more complex intellectual topography, one that for the first time in any dedicated way examines such transfers in the context of the new legal theory of economic-positivism, gaining currency during the first half of the 20th century. EPOSSCIGOV's results will therefore offer new historical knowledge about the origins of European and global discourses of development, international justice, and governance that are still operational today.
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Coordinator

University of Sussex

Address

Sussex House Falmer
Bn1 9rh Brighton

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 224 933,76

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 840032

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    17 June 2019

  • End date

    16 June 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 224 933,76

  • EU contribution

    € 224 933,76

Coordinated by:

University of Sussex

United Kingdom