Global History Seminar: Jayita Sarkar, "Light Water Capitalism: Empires of Nuclear Things"


Monday, February 14, 2022, 3:45pm


CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Room K354 and via Zoom

"Light Water Capitalism: Empires of Nuclear Things"
Jayita Sarkar, Assistant Professor, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Grad Student Commentator: Marino Auffant, PhD Candidate in History, Harvard University
Faculty Commentator: Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

idaho_site_achieves_successful_first_nuclear_shipment_on_new_haul_roadProf. Sarkar presents on her current project, a global history of nuclear infrastructures through histories of racial capitalism, empire, and decolonisation from the 1890s to the 1990s. She studies the role of governments, corporations, and banks in land dispossession, labor exploitation, and debt generation through nuclear technologies.

Harvard ID holders are invited to attend in person, all others are welcome to participate via Zoom. To request the precirculated paper and Zoom link, please sign up below. You will receive an automatic email confirmation, and approximately one week before the seminar we will manually send you the paper and link.

This graduate-faculty research seminar is designed to bring together interested faculty and students on a continuing basis to cover topics on global history. It is part of History 2950A/B, Approaches to Global History, and includes both reading sessions designed for graduate students and research sessions open to the interested public during which students and faculty participants will present current research. Faculty participants will be drawn from a number of schools, and, most especially, from the group of fellows in global history who are spending the academic year 2021-2022 at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History. Discussions will be moderated by Professors Sven Beckert and Charles Maier.

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