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Shatterzones of Inequality: On Histories of the Imperial Present

Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Master Class in Historiography Public Lecture:

Shatterzones of Inequality: On Histories of the Imperial Present


“What is this present?" Foucault’s question, building on Kant's, presents a challenge to us all:  How to understand the capacious presence and spread of invocations of colonialism, “the colonial,” on the one hand, and a set of virulent affirmations that democracy is dying, or in fact dead, on the other — with no mutual recognition of the two? This lecture looks at some of the modalities in which such recognition and its absence appear.


Ann Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research, founding Director of The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry ( devoted to bringing together fellows from around the world with the work of major thinkers who have shaped the course of social inquiry, and a founding editor of the journal Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon.

Her books include Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times (2016), Thinking with Balibar, co-edited (2020); Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination, ed. (2013); Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (2009); Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule (2002);  Tensions of Empire, ed. with Frederick Cooper (1997); Race and the Education of Desire (1995). Her most recent book is Interior Frontiers: Essays in the entrails of inequality, (2022, Oxford).

The lecture will be in person in Quellenstrasse, CEU Auditorium,

if you wish to join online, please find here the zoom-link:

Meeting ID: 944 6017 1338

Passcode: 734515