Filing Empire

Friday, March 3, 2017  9:00am - 5:00pm Second Floor Common Room

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Free and open to the public

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Photo: ©Aurelien Gillier

Organizers

Brian Larkin

Asheesh Siddique

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The British Empire’s ability to organize a disparate series of territories into a single entity rests upon the circulation of files.  Empire is a communicative system and as such relies upon a material base of files, memos, dispatches and other documents that organized how that transmission takes place.  These are what the media theorist Bernhard Siegert has referred to as ‘inconspicuous technologies of knowledge’, the material base that has often been the unexamined, taken-for-granted infrastructure that allows Empire to operate. 

Filing Empire examines the infrastructure of communication in British Empire.  Bringing together scholars working on different periods of British rule and in relation to different ends of Empire, we trace the establishment, and routinization of British imperial communication, how it changed over time and whether these communicative modes shaped the operation and character of what we call the British Empire. 

Participants:  Devyani Gupta, Matthew Hull, Zoë Laidlaw, Brian Larkin, Peter Mitchell, Asheesh Siddique.

The workshop is based on advanced reading of published articles and short position statements by workshop participants.  It is open to all.  Those who wish to attend must register and commit to reading the material in advance. Registration can be completed here.

Filing Empire schedule

9:00-9:30
Welcome, opening comments

9:30-11:00
Zoë Laidlaw
Respondent: Brian Larkin

Peter Mitchell
Respondent: Asheesh Siddique

11:00-11:30
Break 

11:00- 12:30
​Devyani Gupta
Respondent: Matthew Hull

Brian Larkin
Respondent: Peter Mitchell

12:30-2:00
Break

2:00-3:30
Asheesh Siddique
Respondent: Zoe Laidlaw

Matthew Hull
Respondent: Devyani Gupta

3:30-4:00
Break

4:00-5:00
General discussion

Participants

  • Participant

    Devyani Gupta

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Georg-August-Universitat-Gottingen

  • Participant

    Matthew Hull

    Associate Professor

    University of Michigan

  • Participant

    Zoë Laidlaw

    Reader in British Imperial and Colonial History

    Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Participant

    Brian Larkin

    Director of Graduate Studies
    Anthropology

    Barnard College, Columbia University

  • Participant

    Peter Mitchell

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    University of Sussex

  • Participant

    Asheesh Siddique

    Doctoral Scholar in the Department of History

    Columbia University

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