17 May | GLASS Lecture | Diffracted Histories and Colonial Recursions in these Times

Professor Ann Stoler (New School for Social Research) will deliver the Spring 2016 GLASS Lecture. Academy Building, Small Auditorium, 3-5pm. All are welcome.

Date & Time
17 May 2016 

Academy Building
Small Auditorium
Rapenburg 67-73

Reception to follow at the Faculty Club Brasserie

Diffracted Histories and Colonial Recursions in these Times

This talk poses a simple question: how do colonial histories matter in our contemporary world? Might we think of this moment, not as one of a colonial past or colonial present but one in which a colonial presence pervades sensibilities and evades easy recognition, as it still carves out the jagged political lineaments and fault lines of unequitably distributed duress  today. Challenging us to reconsider the categories and concepts on which understandings of colonial effects have relied, it calls for concept-work that attends not to the fixity of concepts, but to their fragilities and filiations, and the political logics and foreclosures which they support. 

Speaker Bio

Ann Laura Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research in New York since 2004.

She has worked for some thirty years on colonial governance, racial epistemologies, and the sexual politics of empire. She was a visiting distinguished professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and is recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation and Social Science Research Council fellowships. Her books include: Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra’s Plantation Belt, l870-1979 (Yale, 1985), Race and the Education of Desire (Duke, 1995), Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power (California, 2002), Along the Archival Grain (Princeton, 2009), and the edited volumes, Tensions of Empire with Frederick Cooper (California, 1997), Haunted by Empire (Duke, 2006), Imperial Formations with Carole McGranahan and Peter Perdue (SAR 2007) and Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination (Duke, 2013). Two current projects are on racial France and a book on "the Imperial Modern.

She has been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell, Birzeit University in Ramallah, the Goethe University in Frankfurt,and the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism. Her commitment to joining conceptual and historical research has led to collaborative work with historians, literary scholars, and philosophers, and to the creation of a new journal, Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon, of which she is one of the founding editors. Professor Stoler is the Founding Director of the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI).

GLASS (Global Asia Scholar Series) is a joint initiative of the Global Interactions (GI) and Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) research profiles. As a multi-event platform, the program brings prominent scholars working in fields associated with global and Asian studies to engage with researchers at Leiden. 

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