Events

Filing Empire

General Programming

Cosponsors
  • Barnard College
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History
Organizers
  • Brian Larkin
  • Asheesh Siddique
Notes
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
  • Image Credit/Caption: Aurelien Gillier

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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
  • Devyani Gupta Postdoctoral Fellow Georg-August-Universitat-Gottingen
  • Matthew Hull Associate Professor Department of Anthropology
  • Zoë Laidlaw Reader in British Imperial and Colonial History Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Peter Mitchell Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Sussex
  • Asheesh Siddique Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities University of Southern California