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"Archaeology of Babel: Critical Method and Colonial Law”
Start Date: 2/27/2013Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 2/27/2013End Time: 2:00 PM

Event Description:
Even before the development of the German and American research university, the British colonial state in late eighteenth-century India had already imposed a historical approach to native languages, literatures, and traditions. Once the East India Company had made them into objects of historical knowledge, it had acquired what it claimed was a deep understanding of native peoples and hence the prerogative of rule. If the critical method at the basis of the humanities has roots in colonial law, we need to reconsider the politics of method. This talk rethinks the relationship of literary study to the state of emergency that we now inhabit.
Sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities Works in Progress Series.
Location Information:
Lehman College - Music Building
Room: 313
Contact Information:
Name: Marie Marianetti
Phone: 718-960-8288
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