Troubling Knowledge – Race, Power, and the Archive with Durba Mitra & Wilson Chacko Jacob

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Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am
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This panel brings together Professors Durba Mitra and Wilson Chacko Jacob for a conversation on race, gender, power, and the colonial archive. In bringing these scholars into conversation with one another, we plan to explore how the deployment of modernity informs the means by which gender has been inscribed in the Indian and Egyptian colonial archives. This event is a part of the Troubling Knowledge: Race, Power, and the Archive Podcast supported by the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar.
Dr. Durba Mitra is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Mitra works at the intersection of feminist and queer studies. Her research and teaching focus on the history of sexuality, the history of science and epistemology, and gender and feminist thought in South Asia and the colonial and postcolonial world. Mitra’s book, Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought, demonstrates how ideas of deviant female sexuality became foundational to modern social thought.
Dr. Wilson Chacko Jacob is a professor of History at the University of Concordia. He completed his Ph.D. in 2005 in the Departments of History and the Middle East and Islamic Studies at New York University. The research for his doctoral dissertation explored the intersections of gender, empire, and modernity in the Egyptian context. A revision of the award-winning dissertation resulted in his first book Working Out Egypt: Effendi Masculinity and Subject Formation in Colonial Modernity, 1870-1940.
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Durba Mitra, Harvard University; Wilson Chacko Jacob, University of Concordia