The Worlds of Joseph Conrad: British Imperial Decline and the Dawn of Globalization

Jasanoff2013Humanities Forum
Tuesday, September 24 | 4:00 p.m.
“The Worlds of Joseph Conrad: British Imperial Decline and the Dawn of Globalization,” Maya Jasanoff, Professor of History, Harvard University
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

This Humanities Forum is the annual Robert K. Webb History Department Lecture. It is sponsored by UMBC’s Department of History and co-sponsored with the Dresher Center for the Humanities.

Prize-winning historian and educator Maya Jasanoff lectures on “The Worlds of Joseph Conrad: British Imperial Decline and the Dawn of Globalization.” She uses Conrad’s life and fiction (including Heart of Darkness) to provide a transcontinental history of the world c. 1900.

Maya Jasanoff’s teaching and research focus on the history of modern Britain and the British Empire. Her first book, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850, investigates British expansion in India and Egypt through the lives of art collectors. It was awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize and was a book of the year selection in numerous publications including The Economist, The Observer, and The Sunday Times. Her 2011 book, Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World, provides the first global history of the loyalists who fled the United States after the American Revolution, and resettled in Canada, the Caribbean, Britain, Sierra Leone, and beyond. Liberty’s Exiles won numerous distinctions including the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction, the George Washington Book Prize, and a Recognition of Excellence from the Cundill Prize in History; it was also shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. Her essays and reviews regularly appear in publications including the The New York Review of BooksThe Guardian, and The New Republic.

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