University Press of Colorado launches new Global Colonialism series

September 08, 2021

September 8, 2021
CONTACT: Allegra Martschenko /allegra(at)
John G. Douglass/ jdouglass(at)

University Press of Colorado launches new series, Global Colonialism

The University Press of Colorado (UPC) has launched a new series under the stewardship of general editor John G. Douglass (Statistical Research, Inc/University of Arizona) which investigates the effects of colonialism globally on both colonizers and indigenous peoples. Books in the series will be selected from across a variety of fields, including archaeology, anthropology, ethnohistory, history, and art history.

“On the surface, colonialism may seem to involve the simple domination of one group over others, but more nuanced interactions lay below that surface understanding…this series explores those more nuanced social dynamics” adds John G. Douglass, series editor for Global Colonialism.

Conquest and colonization have characterized the human experience from the time of the emergence of state-level societies. The process of colonialism, and its effects on both colonizers and indigenous people were – and are – complex and varied across time and space. That is, depending on particular colonial exchanges in specific moments in time, similar events may produce different outcomes.

The series emphasizes the global nature of colonialism in part to encourage studies focused on a wide variety of types of colonialism, transcending any particular time period. Ultimately, this is the way that case studies of individual areas, as well as more synthetic works, will allow for understanding the internal dynamics of colonialism writ large.

Motivating questions for the series include:

  • How did Indigenous and colonial identity transform or remain a constant during the process of colonization?
  • How were spaces culturally constructed into places in these environments emphasizing Indigenous or foreign beliefs and concepts? How did the meaning of places transform or remain the same, whether openly or more nuanced? Were there multiple meanings and identities for places in different contexts?
  • What meanings did Indigenous peoples place on foreign goods and how did these ideas evolve over time?
  • How did colonizing societies incorporate foreign goods, raw materials and food stuffs, as well as these new ideas and people, into their own lifeways?
  • Overall, how do different datasets—archaeological, historical, others—help us understand these processes and systems differently or similarly?

UPC is delighted to bring this series to fruition and hopes to expand the temporal and geographic range of the press’ studies in colonialism in tandem with Douglass and the series editorial board.

We invite global case studies, from the earliest known examples in antiquity to the current day, as well as more synthetic works that study the ties between areas connected by colonialism. Books in this series should study colonial processes at a local level, while also examining how these processes connect to larger spheres and themes.

All proposals for the this series should follow the press submission guidelines, and submission will be evaluated by the press acquisitions staff, the series editors and/or editorial board, as well as outside experts.

Editorial Board members:
Stephen Acabado (University of California, Los Angeles)
Koh Keng We (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Christine Beaule (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa)
Laura Matthew (Marquette University)
Rafael de Bivar Marquese (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Lee Panich (Santa Clara University)
Christopher R. DeCorse (University of Syracuse)
Innocent Pikirayi (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Martin Gibbs (University of New England, Armidale, Australia)
Christopher Rodning (Tulane University)
Sara Gonzalez (University of Washington)
Lynette Russell (Monash University, Australia)
Steven W. Hackel (University of California, Riverside)
Natalie Swanepoel (University of South Africa)
Stacie M. King (Indiana University)
Juliet Wiersema (University of Texas, San Antonio)

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