Decolonization Work-in-Progress Seminar 2020-21

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This seminar meets a few times each semester in a workshop format to discuss a completed or nearly completed article-length manuscript or book/dissertation chapter [8,000-20,000 words], and provide detailed feedback to the author. The seminar is open to Ph.D. students, postdocs, and junior faculty at Boston University and beyond, who are working on themes associated with decolonization. Some of the themes that we are enthusiastic about are borders, borderlands, partitions, identities, race, citizenship, and political violence, among others.

If you are interested in presenting in AY 2021-22, please send an email to GloDec's Director, Dr. Jayita Sarkar and seminar coordinator, Hafsa Arain with (a) working title, (b) preferred semester, and (c) how this work fits with your broader research agenda and with our theme of decolonization. 

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*** All seminar sessions will be held on Zoom from 10:30 AM - 12 noon EST. ***


SPRING 2021 

  • Tuesday, March 2
    Dr. Andrew Bell, Lecturer at BU
    Discussant: TBD

    • ​Archaeology, Heritage, and Settler Colonialism at Pajarito Plateau, 1880-1916


  • Tuesday, March. 16
    Sean Case, Ph.D. candidate, BU American Studies
    Discussant: TBD

    • Building the Balance, Maintaining the Peace: Power, Compromise, and the Creation of the Strategic Field

  • Tuesday, March 23
    Calynn Dowler, Ph.D. candidate, BU Anthropology

    Discussant: Debjani Bhattacharyya, Drexel

    • ​Settling the fluid frontier: histories of migration and placemaking in the Sundarbans Delta

  • Tuesday, March 30
    Ann-Sophie Schoepfel, Fellow, Harvard WIGH

    Discussant: Kim Wagner, University of London

    • ​SOS Indochina: Anti-Imperialism, Subversion and the Human Rights Discourse in interwar Vietnam