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April 19, 2019, Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room (424 Santa Teresa Street, map & directions)
Organizers: Anubha Anushree (Ph.D. Candidate in History) and Mejgan Massoumi (Ph.D. Candidate in History) 

How can we think of empires as a relevant political category in contemporary South Asia? What happens when we interrogate empire beyond the idea of territorial conquest and think about its cultural, ideological, visual, and aural manifestations? What distinguishes empires from contemporary South Asian political forms that have historically depended on being distinct and even antithetical to imperialism?  Are we witnessing the resurgence of old empires or the formation of new ones? Animated by these broad questions, this year's workshop gathers an interdisciplinary group of graduate students at all levels to examine both the present moment and continuing legacy of empire.  (FULL DESCRIPTION) 

The workshop will commence with a discussion on  April 18, 2019 and will continue on April 19, 2019 with a full-day of paper presentations  and a public keynote lecture. 

April 18, 2019, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Encina Hall West, Room 219 (417 Galvez Mall, map & directions)
ACADEMIC DISCUSSION (Open only to Stanford affiliates and scholars of South Asian Studies in the SF Bay Area. RSVP requested.)


April 19, 2019, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM, Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room (424 Santa Teresa Street, map & directions)
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE  (Open only to Stanford affiliates and scholars of South Asian Studies in the SF Bay Area. RSVP requested.)

  • 9:50 AM: Opening Remarks 
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: The Moral and Political Economy of Imperialisms
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM: Performing Imperialisms
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Ecological Imperialisms
  • 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM: Imperialisms Continued? 

The workshop is organized by Stanford Center for South Asia in collaboration with Stanford Humanities CenterDepartment of History, and Department of Anthropology

CONTACTInquiries shall be addressed by email to workshop organizers  Anubha Anushree ( and Mejgan Massoumi ( 

Image credit: “The World in the Time of Cabot”(Decorative map by MacDonald Gill from The Pageant of Empire. Souvenir Volume: An Anthology of British Empireby E. V. Lucas. London: Fleetway Press, 1924.  British Empire Exhibition, 1924, 1925 (Wembley); Retrived at this link from Cornell Library's digital collection on Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection.)