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2016
Friday, March 4th
3:45 PM

CRITICAL INCISIONS IMPERIAL DURESS AND CONCEPT-WORK TODAY

Ann Laura Stoler, The New School for Social Research

GC140, Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Florida International University

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Dr. Stoler's 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 practices which they support. Her presentation will be introduced by Dr. Juliet Erazo, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Global and Sociocultural Studies Program at FIU.

Dr. Ann Laura Stoler is the Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at the The New School for Social Research in New York City. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University.

She has worked on issues of colonial governance, racial epistemologies, and the sexual politics of empire. Her regional focus has been Southeast Asia.