Why gender and empire? What have these two in common? In this talk, Philippa Levine explores why and in what ways a gendered perspective brings to life hitherto neglected facets of the experience of empire for both those who colonized and those who were colonized. To speak of gender involves, of course, far more than merely adding the lives of women to a history already busily peopled by men; men were influenced as much by considerations of gender and by gender roles as were women, and the conquests and expansions of colonization might be said to reflect their gendered understanding of the global political scene. Drawing on examples from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, this talk highlights the critical ways in which gender shaped, influenced, reflected, and molded the British Empire throughout its lengthy history.
About the Speaker:
Philippa Levine is Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professor in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin and Co-Director of the University’s Program in British Studies. Her books include Prostitution, Race and Politics: Policing Venereal Disease in the British Empire (2003). Her Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, co-edited with Alison Bashford, won the 2011 Cantemir Prize. The 2nd edition of The British Empire, Sunrise to Sunset appears this spring. It has been translated into Italian and Japanese. She is at present writing a book on colonial nakedness. Austin, Texas 78712-1739
This talk is offered as part of the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS) Critical Inquiry Lab, "Gender and Empire," a new inter and cross-disciplinary teaching model that uses linked courses to expand the category-disturbing rubrics investigated in the Minor/Concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies (ICORE/MORE) and to initiate deeper and broader scholarly conversations about core ideas/topics/themes that require interdisciplinary investigation. This year's Lab links Prof. Neferti Tadiar's (Barnard Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies) course, WMST W4303 Gender, Globalization and Empire, with Prof. Anupama Rao's (Barnard History) History course, HIST BC3803 Gender and Empire. The talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies as part of its Speaker Series, Spring 2013.
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