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Ann Stoler - GLASS Scholar (Spring 2016)

Professor Ann Laura Stoler from The New School for Social Research in New York will be the Spring 2016 Global Asia Scholar. She will visit Leiden University from May 17-19, 2016.


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 University. 

Tentative Program:
May 17: Public Lecture 3pm -5pm
May 18: Masterclass 1pm -3:30pm
May 19: GLASS Roundtable 11:30am - 1:30pm

Please check the GLASS website for program updates.

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.

Professor Stoler 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).

Selected Publications

Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination (2013)

"An Interview with Ann Laura Stoler by E. Valentine Daniel," Public Culture 24:3 (2012)

Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (2009)

Imperial Formations (2007)

Haunted by Empire: Geographies of the Intimate in North American History (2006)

Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule (2002)

Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World (1997)

Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault's History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (1995)

Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra's Plantation Belt, 1870-1979 (1985)

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