Imperial Debris: Roundtable with Ann Laura Stoler

FEB 07, 2014 | 1:30 PM TO 4:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


February 07, 2014: 1:30 PM-4:00 PM





The Committee on Globalization and Social Change


A Roundtable with Ann Laura Stoler on the publication of Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination (Duke University Press, 2013).

In conversation with Fiona Lee, Uday Mehta, Chelsea Schields, Neferti Tadiar, Megan Vaughan, and Gary Wilder.

Friday, February 7th
1:30pm to 4pm
Skylight Room
Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016

Imperial Debris redirects critical focus from ruins as evidence of the past to “ruination” as the processes through which imperial power occupies the present. Ann Laura Stoler’s introduction, ”The rot remains”: from ruins to ruination,” is a manifesto, a compelling call for postcolonial studies to expand its analytical scope to address the toxic but less perceptible corrosions and violent accruals of colonial aftermaths, as well as their durable traces on the material environment and people’s bodies and minds.

Ann Laura Stoler is the Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research. She is the author of Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense and Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. Her books Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things and Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History are both also published by Duke University Press.