Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Intimacies of Four Continents - Public Lecture

The Intimacies of Four Continents

Tuesday 15th May, 17:30-19:30pm
Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London

Speaker: Professor Lisa Lowe, School of Advanced Study Visiting Fellow for 2011/12, University of San Diego, California.

This lecture examines liberal ideas of citizenship, free labor, and free trade, in light of transatlantic and transpacific encounters between Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. It revisits the meaning of the liberal policy of "free trade," by way of a discussion of British literary representations of the colonial trades in cotton, silk and opium, and observes that British engagements with China during and after the Opium Wars constituted the conditions for "free trade," inasmuch as it inaugurated new modes of imperial sovereignty.

A reception will follow the lecture. All welcome to attend.

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