Work Package 2:
Europeanizing Colonial Heritage


This Work Package aims to identify the main historiographical trends regarding the missing, possible or potential Europeanisation of colonialism, charting especially avant-garde work which contains elements of decolonial re-emergence.

It will analyze how public EU discourses and material concerned with communicating the Unions foreign policy objectives and ambitions do (or do not) handle references to colonialism, focussing also on which other European pasts are alternatively drawn on for legitimization and justification of contemporary external priorities and relationships.

Finally, it will analyse the role of colonialism in three instances of EU engagement with politics of remembrance; The ‘New Narrative for Europe’ project, The ‘House of European history’ and ‘Europe for Citizens’ projects.

This Work Package is led by Aarhus University.