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Spring 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Antoinette Burton (History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"'Every Secret Thing?' Racial Politics in Ansuyah R. Singh's Behold the Earth Mourns (1960)"
A lecture

A Women's History Month event
Part of the Visiting Scholars Interdisciplinary Series: The Global Modern

2:00 pm Curtin 368
Co-sponsored by UWM Center for Women’s Studies, Department of History, Department of English, and the William F. Vilas Trust

The Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, Antoinette Burton’s interests include Britain and the empire, the history of women and gender, and world history. She and her work have been considered as trailblazers in the study of imperial culture.

In a book review, Parama Roy lauds Burton's The Postcolonial Careers of Santha Rama Rau (2007) for complicating “the ways we have been accustomed to thinking about gendered professionalism, celebrity status, minoritization, and the history of postcolonial theory.” Other publications include Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility and Intimacy in an Age of Global Empire (with Tony Ballantyne, 2009); Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History (with Tony Ballantyne, 2005); Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home and History in Late Colonial India (2003); At the Heart of the Empire: Indians and the Colonial Encounter in Late Victorian Britain (1998); and Burdens of History: Britsih Feminists, Indian Women and Imperial Culture, 1865-1915 (1994).

Recommended reading for the lecture: Uma Dhupelia-Mestrhie, From Cane Fields to Freedom: A Chronicle of Indian South African Life (Kwela Books, 2000).

The Center and its co-sponsors are hosting an informal, "brown bag" lunch with Antoinette Burton on Thursday, March 11 at noon in Curtin 939. As a starting point for the lunch-hour discussion, we will look at two readings from Moving Subjects: "Introduction: The Politics of Intimacy in an Age of Empire" by Tony Ballantyne and Antoinette Burton, and "Intimacy of the Envelope: Fiction, Commerce, and Empire in the Correspondence of Friends Mary Taylor and Charlotte Brontë, c. 1854-55" by Charlotte MacDonald. Reservations to lunch are not required.

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