Annual 2011 Osofsky Lecture (pdf)

Organized by the Department of History
University of Illinois at Chicago

David Scott, Columbia University
"Thinking Through Intellectual Generations: Tradition, Memory, Criticism"

Wednesday, April 27 at 2pm
The Institute for the Humanities
Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
701 South Morgan Street
University of Illinois at Chicago

Reception to follow

David Scott is Professor of Anthropology and Research Fellow of African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York. He writes about the Caribbean and South Asia (particularly Sri Lanka), and has addressed issues such as postcolonial politics, diaspora, and cultural history.

He is the author most recently of Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment (Duke 2004) which is a reading of CLR James' Black Jacobins and concerns the significance of the Haitian Revolution to later movements for decolonization more generally. Previous books include Refashioning Futures: Criticism after Postcoloniality (Princeton 1999) and Formations of Ritual (Minnesota 1994), and influential articles such as "Colonial Governmentality" (1995). He is also the founder and editor of Small Axe, a Caribbean journal of criticism which covers literature, the social sciences and the visual arts.

Sponsored by: The Department of History
The Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC)
The Institute for the Humanities at UIC
The Department of African American Studies
The Department of Anthropology
The Department of English  


UIC History Department Wednesday Brownbag Series, Spring 2011

JAN 19 — CHRIS BOYER, “Blackboard’s SafeAssign”

JAN 26 — ESTHER KLEIN, “Sima Qian’s “True Record” and the Development of Traditional Chinese Historiography”

FEB 2 — BURT BLEDSTEIN, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography -- "of a Damned Fool": The Far Side of Enlightenment in U.S. History”

FEB 9 — PERRY CLARK, “History 2.0: A Case for Implementing Digital Tools in Historical Education, Research, and Professional Development”

FEB 16 — JEFF NICHOLS, “‘There is no place in the world where tyranny rides rampant’: The Dystopian Vision of the United States in New Zealand Politics, 1869-1907”

FEB 23 — CORY DAVIS, “A Commercial Republic: Merchant Capitalists and the Origins of the National Board of Trade in the Mid-Nineteenth Century U.S."

MAR 2 — JOHN D’EMILIO, "Love and Sex: Pleasures and Dangers in the Windy City"

MAR 9 — PETER STRICKLAND," 'Using All Means Which May Be Found Necessary': the Irish Unionist Alliance, the Language of Empire and the Transition to Loyalism, 1886-1914"

MAR 16 — LAURA JUNKER, "Warfare in the Political Economy of Pre-Colonial Philippine Chiefdoms: Archaeological and Historic Perspectives"

MAR 23 — Spring Break

MAR 30 —RANA HOGARTH, Yale PhD candidate, “‘Incorrigible Dirt Eaters’ or Slave Resistance and Medical Authority in Jamaica”

APR 6 — BRANDON VALERIANO, “The Politics of Immigration”

APR 13 —ANNE E. PARSONS, "Returning to the Community: The De-Institutionalization of Pennsylvania's Mental Hospitals and Prisons"

APR 20 — JOHN ABBOTT, "Clerical Ethnography and Popular Folklorism in Turn of the Century Bavaria."

APR 27 — RICHARD S. LEVY, “On the Protocols of the Elders of Zion: Historiographic Questions”



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