Early Modern Empires Workshop

The Early Modern Empires Workshop is dedicated to examining empire(s) from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to political philosophy, state formation, sociocultural and economic exchange, resistance, materiality, mobility, law, and cultures of knowledge across a multiplicity of geographies. By uniting methodological, conceptual and geographical diversity this workshop hopes to create an interdisciplinary space to discuss empire and early modernity, as well as interrogate the limitations of “empire” and “early modernity” as units of analysis.  Speakers are drawn from departments including history, literature, language/cultural studies, philosophy, economics, and political science, and from institutions around the world.  Anyone who shares the workshop’s interests is invited and encouraged to attend our next event.
September 14*
Mark Peterson, Yale University
“An Intoxicant Town in the Empire of Goods: Notes toward a History of Early Modern Desire.”
*Friday, Luce Hall 202, 1130 (light lunch), 12-1330 (workshop). 
Co-sponsored by Yale-CHESS.
September 24
Indrani Chatterjee, University of Texas at Austin
“Disentangling Slavery and Caste in Early Modern South Asian History.”
Monday, Luce Hall 203: 1130 (light lunch), 12-1330 (workshop). 
October 8
John Shovlin, New York University
“Free Trade and the Burdens of Empire: Political Economies of Franco-British Imperial Competition, 1761–1774.”
Monday, Luce Hall 203: 1130 (light lunch), 12-1330 (workshop).
October 22 
Christopher Willoughby, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL.”Ordering Anatomical Races in Antebellum U.S. Medical Schools.”
Monday, Luce Hall 203: 1130 (light lunch), 12-1330 (workshop).
November 5
Karen Graubart, University of Notre Dame
“ ‘Pesa más la libertad’: Innovative Legal Claims and Afro-Latin American Intellectual History.”
Monday, Luce Hall 203: 1130 (light lunch), 12-1330 (workshop).