Parallel Colonialism

Bohye Woo

Parallel Colonialism is a digital text archiving tool that offers a comparative reading application between historical and contemporary documents. It allows users to experience how regulatory terms play in colonialism by offering two types of legal documents: Terms of Services and historical colonial treaties.

By selecting one of each document, a parallel reading platform is enabled, in which you can comparatively label, highlight and analyze a range of specific terms. This helps you to analyze on how these documents operate similar ways in colonialism, and it opens up discussions in finding a colonial resemblance by mapping out the whole contractual landscape of terms used in each document.


Parallel Colonialism (2020) has been produced in the context of the graduation research of Bohye Woo from the Experimental Publishing (XPUB) Master course at the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Licence: This is a free work. You can copy, distribute, and modify it under the terms of the Free Art License (http://artlibre.org/licence/lal/en/)


Bohye Woo is a graphic designer in Rotterdam. She has a keen interest in networked publishing, digital labour and postcolonial infrastructure of the internet.