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Archives, Materiality, and Unthought Knowns

  • Lisa Lowe (Tufts University)
Friday 12 May 2017
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

Archives, Materiality, and Unthought Knowns

This lecture reflects on the possibilities and limits of both archives and objects in the exploration of historical links between Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, observing that European liberal narratives of freedom overcoming slavery often obscure their embeddedness within colonial conditions. The lecture will consider colonial archives, parliamentary papers, political philosophy, literature, and material culture.

Lisa Lowe is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Humanities, a faculty member of the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora,and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University. Prior to joining Tufts in 2012, she taught at Yale University and at the University of California, San Diego. She studied European intellectual history at Stanford and French literature and critical theory at UC Santa Cruz. Her research on nineteenth-century colonialisms, and twentieth-century immigration and globalization, has been supported by fellowships from the School of Advanced Study - University of London, Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Mellon Foundation, UC Humanities Research Institute, and American Council of Learned Societies. 

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