SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Postcolonial Theory and the Spectre of Capital

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Vivek Chibber (Professor of Sociology, New York University)

Date: 17 October 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 17 October 2013Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT - previously G2)

Type of Event: Book Launch

The author of Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (2003), will present his new book at SOAS

About the book: 

Postcolonial theory has become enormously influential as a framework for understanding the Global South. It is also a school of thought popular because of its rejection of the supposedly universalizing categories of the Enlightenment. In this devastating critique, mounted on behalf of the radical Enlightenment tradition, Vivek Chibber offers the most comprehensive response yet to postcolonial theory. Focusing on the hugely popular Subaltern Studies project, Chibber shows that its foundational arguments are based on a series of analytical and historical misapprehensions. He demonstrates that it is possible to affirm a universalizing theory without succumbing to Eurocentrism or reductionism.

Organiser: Professor Gilbert Achcar

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