SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Gurminder K Bhambra (Sussex): A Postcolonial Rethinking of the State and Nation


Date: 7 February 2018Time: 3:15 PM

Finishes: 7 February 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4429

Type of Event: Talk

Discussions of the nation-state are generally based on the presumption of its emergence as a ‘pure-type’ in Europe and to be understood in modified, culturally inflected terms elsewhere. However, what scholars rarely take into consideration is that the ‘pure-type’ of the nation-state was actually, empirically, an imperial state with more expansive boundaries and polities. In this talk, I reconsider social scientific accounts of the emergence of the nation-state in the context of the 'connected histories' of colonialism and empire.


Gurminder K Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. She is author of Connected Sociologies (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (Palgrave, 2007), which won the 2008 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book in sociology. She set up the Global Social Theory site.

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