Presenting work from her book Epidemic Empire and beyond, Anjuli Raza Kolb (University of Toronto) will consider the narrative and material contraction of space in the archipelagoes of surveillance, violence, and so-called “healthcare” that emerged after September 11th and persist in the era of Covid-19.
This event is hosted by the Department of History, in collaboration with the Department of English and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC).
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About the Speaker: Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where she teaches postcolonial literature and theory and poetry. She holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and has taught at Bard, Williams College, City College New York, and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.
Her academic research explores how science, medicine, natural history, and other kinds of colonial knowing reshaped literature, culture, economy, and politics. Her first book, Epidemic Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2021, Deutscher Prize nominee) uncovers the history behind the dead metaphor of the "terrorism epidemic," by looking at documents of public health, policy, immigration law, novels, poems, films, and more.