Historian to lecture at Northwestern March 25

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Historian to lecture at Northwestern March 25

A lecture titled “Historiography, politics, and post-colonialism: Writing an imperial history as an ex-colonial” will be presented by Dr. Dhara Anjaria Tuesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Struckle Education Center, room 109, as part of the Marvel/Smith Academic Enrichment Series. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will focus on writing about empire, specifically the British Empire in India.

“The main theme the talk explores is the complexities of studying empire for itself while being surrounded by an academic culture where empire is studied for its legacy, or influence, and the charges this opens the historian up to,” Anjaria said.

Anjaria, an independent researcher and the Indian representative for Conservatives Abroad, is a Doctor of Philosophy from the Royal Holloway College, University of London. She works on European empires in South and South East Asia during the nineteenth century, and has published two monographs, On the Indian Frontier and Curzon’s India: Networks of Colonial Governance, 1899-1905, both at Oxford University Press. She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Historical Society, and also a women’s rights activist.

“Northwestern is pleased to have Dr. Dhara Anjaria on our campus,” Dr. Bo Hannaford, dean of the School of Professional Studies, said.  “I believe her presentation will be insightful, and we encourage anyone who might be interested to come out and enjoy her topic of discussion.”

The Marvel/Smith Academic Enrichment Series was created in 2005 to honor Dr. John and Frances (Smith) Marvel, both 1946 Northwestern graduates and retired educators. Dr. Marvel retired as president emeritus of Colorado State College and was honored by the Northwestern Alumni Association as an Outstanding Graduate in 1974.

The purpose of this lectureship is to provide funding for an annual program in a selected academic discipline or performance to be rotated between the Schools of Arts and Science and Professional Studies. Its objectives are to encourage professional development for university employees, and to enhance the educational and performance opportunities for students, employees and the public.