Reading the Colonial Archive

All sessions will be held in the English Department Seminar Room (S2.39), King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS

[From entrance foyer to the Strand campus of KCL take the lifts or stairs to second floor. From the lifts turn right and S2.39 is on your left. From the stairs, turn left and S2.39 is on your left.]

‘Things’: 17 March 2011, 5-7pm

Arjun Appadurai. ‘Introduction’. The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 1986).

Fernando Ortiz. Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar. Trans. Harriet de Onis (Duke University Press, 1995) pp3-39.

Introduced by Josephine McDonagh (KCL) and Fariha Shaikh (KCL).

Extracts are available to Network members for download (please email Alison Wood at commculture(at) for the password).

Appadurai 1 (6.3MB)

Appadurai 2 (6.3MB)

Appadurai 3 (3.4MB)

Ortiz 1 (5.9MB)

Ortiz 2 (5MB)

‘Epistemic Anxieties’: 12 May 2011, 5-7pm

Susan Buck-Morss. Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009)

Ann Laura Stoler. Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (Princeton University Press, 2010)

Extracts will be available for download in April

‘Affect and Exchange’: Thursday 2 June 2011

Leela Ghandi. Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin De Siecle Radicalism and the Politics of Friendship (Duke University Press, 2006)

Christopher Bayly. Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870 (Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Extracts will be available for download in April

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