The Committee on Globalization and Social Change presents
Professor of English at Tufts University
Archives of Liberalism: The Intimacies of Four Continents
Please join us for a public lecture on
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
CUNY Graduate Center Room 9204
Free and open to the public
Liberal ideas of human freedom were central to the founding of eighteenth-century republics, and to the international forms of empire, trade, and government taking shape throughout the nineteenth century. Lowe’s book, The Intimacies of Four Continents, examines liberal philosophies and institutions of citizenship, free labor, and free trade, in light of transatlantic and transpacific encounters in the “new world,” Africa, and Asia. Studies of the early Atlantic world observe links between Europe, Africa, and the Americas through the transatlantic slave trade, while recent work on Asia suggests that China possessed advanced state formation, market, and government, in the seventeenth century. Drawing upon these insights, her project brings the Pacific and Atlantic worlds into relation and elaborates the emergence of the United States within late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British and European encounters with Africa and Asia. Not only did the post-1840 worldwide trade in Chinese laborers enable British abolition of the slave trade, but the British engagements with China during and after the Opium Wars constituted conditions for U.S. liberalism, and inaugurated new modes of Anglo-American free trade and imperial intimacy.
A special invitation for graduate students (and others): please join Lisa Lowe for an informal roundtable discussion over lunch on Tuesday, December 4th at 12:30pm in room 5109 of the Graduate Center.
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4: Lisa Lowe—Archives of Liberalism: The Intimacies of Four Continents
Date: December 04, 2012
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
Address: 365 Fifth Avenue, New York 10016 (View Map)