Lisa Lowe Seminar

Guest speaker Lisa Lowe of Tufts University will hold a seminar based on her new book titled “The Intimacies of Four Continents,” November 13, 12-2:30 PM in the Stern Lounge.  If interested, RSVP by October 22 to

Lisa Lowe is Professor of English and American Studies at Tufts University. She is the author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics and the coeditor of The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital.


Overview of the book:

This interdisciplinary work examines relationships between Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, exploring links between colonialism, slavery, imperial trades, and Western liberalism, connecting the liberal narrative of freedom overcoming slavery to the expansion of Anglo-American empire. Race and social difference, Lowe contends, are enduring remainders of colonial processes through which “the human” is universalized and “freed” by liberal forms, while the peoples who create the conditions of possibility for that freedom are assimilated or forgotten. Analyzing the archive of liberalism alongside the colonial state archives from which it has been separated, Lowe offers new methods for interpreting the past.