Our international workshops bring together a group of scholars who work on different geographical locations, and who take diverse yet complimentary methodological approaches. They also include contributions of locally-based archivists and curators, who introduce visiting scholars to their collections.
1. LONDON 5-7 July 2010 ‘Commodities in Motion‘
2. KOLKATA 12-14 January 2011 ‘Commodities and Affect‘
3. NEW YORK 8-10 December 2011 ‘Commodities and Migration‘
Reading the Colonial Archive
King’s College London, March-June 2011
A reading group that will focus on ideas of the colonial outworked in collecting, organising and exchange.
- Things – Thursday 17 March 2011
- Epistemic Anxieties – Thursday 12 May
- Affect and Exchange – Thursday 2 June
Readings include extracts from Arjun Appadurai’s edited collection The Social Life of Things (1986), Fernando Ortiz’s Cuban Counterpoint (1947); Susan Buck-Morss’ Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History (2009); and Ann Stoler’s Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (2010).
Robert Young’s thoughtful reflection on ‘Global Circulation’ at our 2010 London meeting touches on commodity history and interactions between the human and the material, with reference to both Appadurai and Ortiz.
Researching the Colonial Archive
A Postgraduate Training Day, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 27 June 2011
Bringing together leading scholars in visual culture, textual criticism and the history of science this workshop will offer twenty postgraduates an intensive, hands-on experience dealing with archival and museum collections, and an opportunity to consider the methodological and critical issues they raise.
Applications will be invited in March 2011. The workshop will be free of charge to participants and will include a light lunch and refreshments.