"Sacred Thirst: Producing Tea, Producing People in Colonial Bengal"
Tithi Bhattacharya, Professor of South Asian History and the Director of Global Studies, Purdue University
Graduate Student Commentator: Swarnabh Ghosh, PhD Candidate in Architecture and Urban Planning, Harvard Design School
Faculty Commentator: Norberto Ferraras, Visiting Fellow, WIGH; Professor of American History, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
Tithi Bhattacharya is an Associate Professor of South Asian History and the Director of Global Studies at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2005) and a long time activist for Palestinian justice. She writes extensively on Marxist theory, gender, and the politics of Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Asia Research, Electronic Intifada, International Socialist Review, Jacobin, Salon.com and the New Left Review. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and Studies on Asia.
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, History of Global Capitalism, 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 2019-2020 at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History. Discussions will be moderated by Professors Sven Beckert and Sophus Reinert.
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