Empire and Imperialism

Humanizing the global, globalizing the human

Empire and Imperialism : a faculty development seminar and lecture series

The Global Studies Center and the Humanities Center invite the university communilty to participate in this year’s lecture series: Empire and Imperialism. 

The purpose of the seminar is to bring colleagues from the humanities and the social sciences (as well as cognate professional schools) together for a series of lectures and workshops in which they will jointly explore questions that highlight the urgency of thinking globally about the humanities and humanistically about globalization.  (Advanced Ph.D. students who are ABD and writing on related topics may also apply.)

Throughout the year, we bring internationally-renowned scholars to campus to speak to our theme from their own (inter)disciplinary perspectives.  Each of our guests presents a public lecture on Thursday afternoon at 5pm.  In addition, each will lead a workshop with seminar participants on the Friday morning (from 9-11am; coffee and pastry provided).  This year’s seminar features four visitors:

Feb. 16: Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke University
Public Lecture: Salt Assault: Towards an Aesthetic of the Ambulatory

Time: 5:00 pm
Presenter:  Sumathi Ramaswamy
Location: 602 Cathedral of Learning
Sumathi Ramaswamy is Professor of History at Duke University. She is a cultural historian of South Asia and the British Empire and her research over the last few years has been largely in the areas of visual studies, the history of cartography, and gender. She is also pursuing new research on the cultures of learning in colonial and postcolonial India. Her lecture will address the question: What accounts for the mysterious power of the nonviolent march in late modernity? She will focus on the Salt March of 1930 led by "Mahatma" Gandhi in British India. She will describe what she calls an aesthetic of ambulatory that has developed around the figure of the Mahatma since the time of the paradigmatic March. She argues that Ghandi's pedestrian politics and aesthetic dimension might be revelatory of the mysterious power of the nonviolent march. 

 

Mar. 23/24: Laura Doyle, UMass (Amherst)
Public Lecture: Reframing Political Subjectivity: Inter-imperial World, Interdisciplinary Metho
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Time: 5:00 pm
Presenter: Laura Doyla
Location: 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Laura Doyle is Professor of English at UMass Amherst. Her research explores the dynamic intercultural formation of literary texts: the ways that they are written and read within an uneven, volatile, geopolitical field of relations; the ways that literary genres and traditions often intimate the long history of these w riting conditions; and the ways authors and readers imagine positions at odds with the geopolitical field.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend the public lectures, but we ask that seminar participants commit to attending all four lectures and workshops.  Seminar participants will also have the chance to join dinner groups with speakers.

 

Past events:

January 26: Fred Cooper, NYU
Political Rights, Social Rights, and the Decolonization of Africa

Time: 5:00 pm
Presenter: Frederick Cooper
Location: 602 Cathedral of Learning
Frederick Cooper is Professor of History at NYU. His interests include slavery and labor in 19th- and 20th- century East Africa, the shifting nature of colonial thinking and practices, and the relationship of social change and conflict to decolonization in French and British Africa. His work seeks to counter both the national and the modern bias of most historical studies through the study of empires.

Nov. 17/18: Jeanne Morefield, Whitman College
Public lecture: Imperial Amnesia: Reparations, Global Justice, and Why History Matter
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Time: 5:00 pm
Presenter: Jeanne Morefield
Location: 602 Cathedral of Learning
Jeanne Morefield is Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University and Professor of Politics, Whitman College. Her scholarship works at the intersection of political theory, history, and international relations, examining a variety of topics including the relationship between the contemporary and historical rhetorics of imperialism and the conflict between democracy and sovereignty.

 

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