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Visiting scholar to address ethics and empires

March 31, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A scholar noted for his work in challenging accepted historical narrative will give a public lecture next month while visiting Western Michigan University.

Dr. Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His free public presentation is titled "Empire Ethics and the Calling of History" and begins at 2 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall.

Chakrabarty has been a visiting faculty member and scholar at numerous universities and research centers worldwide. He is the author of three books, "Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies," "Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference" and "Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890-1940."

Chakrabarty's books are celebrated for their originality and the manner in which he challenges Eurocentric historical narratives and the construction of identity and historical agency. His scholarship is broadly interdisciplinary and critical and, therefore, of great importance to scholars and students interested in the politics of representation and global inequalities.

Chakrabarty's visit is made possible through the WMU Visiting Scholars & Artists Program and is co-sponsored by the department's of Anthropology, History, English and Foreign languages and the Women's Studies Program.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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