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Melissa Free, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Isaac Joslin, Assistant Professor, School of International Letters and Cultures
The Colonial, the Postcolonial and the Decolonial research cluster aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and production of research across historical, ideological, cultural, material, geographical and epistemological dimensions. Participation is welcome to those interested in all sites and forms of colonial conquest, resistance, complicity and aftermaths. Monthly meetings will be organized around a topic or question selected and led by two or more participants, conduct one ore more virtual colloquia with members of similar clusters at other sites and host a public event that will contribute to the creation of more inclusive, just, and sustainable futures.
Monday, March 25, 2019
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Colonial, the Postcolonial and the Decolonial Research Cluster invites you to attend a special event we put together in the wake of the New Zealand attacks. We hope you will not only attend, but participate in the discussion.
The lecture will include three informal talks by Melissa Free, Lee Bebout and Tobias Harper, followed by an open discussion.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
In the 19th and early 20th century, the message to native communities in Bombay was largely, "protect yourselves." In contrast, the colonial government asumed to role of protector for the European community.
In this lecture, Preeti Chopra, professor of architecture, urban studies and visual studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will demonstrate how a study of Bombay’s charitable institutions provides a deeper understanding of what British colonials deemed as worthy objects of charity in western India. It is not simply the dichotomy between colonial engagements with charitable institutions for Europeans and native communities that is of interest. What is unexpected and enlightening is that the government's relationship with the charitable institutions of native religious communities — Parsi, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish — was not always the same.
Based on these varied engagements, this talk reveals the colonial government’s complex and diverging ideas of worth.