Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies Events

Jan 30

History Winter Lefler Talk by Prof Ann Stoler, New School, NY

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Thursday, January 30th, 2020
5:00 – 6:30 pm / Leighton 305
All welcome! Thurs, Jan 30, 5 pm, Leighton 305 REFRESHMENTS provided!

The History Department is delighted to announced that Professor Ann Laura Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research (New York), will be our Winter term Distinguished Herbert P. Lefler Lecturer. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


This lecture addresses the principles and politics of authorization that name something or someone “avant-garde.”
In culling and curating ‘an-other’ archive, what can we learn from its aesthetics of dissent and its poetics of politics as they played out on a broad imperial map that might be relevant to the tools and political grammar so needed and emergent today?

Ann Laura Stoler taught at the University of Michigan from 1989-2003 and has been at the New School for Social Research since 2004, where she was the founding chair of its revitalized Anthropology Department and the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry. She has worked for some thirty years on the politics of knowledge, colonial governance, racial epistemologies, the sexual politics of empire, and ethnography of the archives. She has been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études, the École Normale Supérieure and Paris 8, Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory, Birzeit University in Ramallah, the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, Irvine’s School of Arts and Literature, and the Bard Prison Initiative. She is the recipient of NEH, Guggenheim, NSF, SSRC, and Fulbright awards, among others. Recent interviews with her are available at ItinerarioSavage MindsLe Monde, and Public Culture, as well as Pacifica Radio and here. Her books include Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra’s Plantation Belt, 1870–1979 (1985; 1995) Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (1995), Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule (2002, 2010), Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (2009) and the edited volumes Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World (with Frederick Cooper, 1997), Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History (2006), Imperial Formations (with Carole McGranahan and Peter Perdue, 2007) and Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination (2013), and Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times (2016). Her commitment to joining conceptual and historical research has lead to collaborative work with historians, literary scholars and philosophers, and most recently in the creation of the journal Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon, of which she is one of the founding editors. Hosted by Professor Amna Khalid.




Sponsored by History Events. Contact: Nikki Lamberty