Monthly Archives: September 2015

Missionaries & colonial violence

A portrait of Serra

A portrait of Serra at age 61 (1774)


The recent controversy over the canonisation of Junipero Serra raises some interesting questions, not only about the role of clerics and missionaries in the early stages of colonialism, but also about how history is used and re-represented in the media during these kinds of debates. The role of missionaries in empires is examined in detail in Emily Manktelow’s third-year course, ‘Empires of Religion’.



You can read more about the issue here:

The Guardian: ‘Junípero Serra’s brutal story in spotlight as pope prepares for canonisation’

CNN: ‘Hero or horror? Junipero Serra, priest behind Calif. missions, becomes a saint’

The Economist: ‘Sinner and saint’


Welcome Temilola Alanamu!

The Centre for the History of Colonialisms is delighted to welcome Temi Alanamu to the team. Temi is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and will be researching gender and memory amongst the post-colonial youth of Nigeria.

Welcome to Kent, Temi!

Welcome Andy Cohen!

The Centre for the History of Colonialisms is delighted to welcome Andy Cohen to the team! Andy will be researching and teaching on the topics of African history, decolonisation, internationalisation and the economic history of colonialism.

Welcome to Kent, Andy!

Colonial Futures Panel at 2015 SHCY conference

Section of Totem Pole, adult figure holding a child.

Gitxsan Totem Pole (1960), Thunderbird Park, Victoria, BC, Canada. Carved by Mungo Martin, Henry Hunt, and Tony Hunt

In June 2015, Emily Manktelow organised a panel at the 2015 Society of the History of Children and Youth conference in Vancouver on the topic of: ‘Imagining Colonial Futures: Children and the Politics of Belonging in the British Colonial World’. Christine Whyte also participated in this panel, which highlighted the the role of colonial children in imagining imperial futures. The panel placed childhood experiences, and adult expectations, at the heart of British imperial history, and reflected upon the importance of histories of childhood in the politics of imperial belonging. As such it explored children’s relationship with empire, with race and difference, and with the idea and practice of the colonial lives. Christine and Emily were joined by Onni Gust (Nottingham) and local talent Laura Ishiguro (UBC) and the papers, which spanned from the remote plains of colonial British Columbia to the crowded streets of 19th-century Bombay, sparked a lively debate about the relationships between colonial settings, ideas about the future and the role of children.

PANEL: Imagining Colonial Futures: Children and the Politics of Belonging in the British Colonial World.

SHCY Eighth Biennial Conference Program University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Wednesday, June 24 – Friday, June 26, 2015

  • Chair: Rhonda A. Semple, St. Francis Xavier University
  • “Making Missionary Children: Religion, Culture and Juvenile Deviance” Emily Manktelow, University of Kent
  • “Re-imagining belonging: children’s literature and British imperial space at the turn of the nineteenth century” Onni Gust, University of Nottingham
  • “Adopting Imperialism: Child-Care, Education and Families in 19th century Sierra Leone” Christine Whyte, Bayreuth University
  • “Children and the temporal logics of settler colonialism, British Columbia 1858-1914” Laura Ishiguro, University of British Columbia
Formal garden with lake and mountains in the background.

University of British Columbia, Canada