EPIDEMIC EMPIRE: Panel Discussion with Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb (English, U Toronto) Nabil Echchaibi (Media Studies) and Nishant Upadhyay (Ethnic Studies)

Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror 1817-2020 (University of Chicago Press: 2021)

“Terrorism is a cancer, an infection, an epidemic, a plague. For more than a century, this metaphor has figured insurgent violence as contagion in order to contain its political energies. In Epidemic Empire, Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb shows that this trope began in responses to the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and tracks its tenacious hold through 9/11 and beyond. The result is the first book-length study to approach the global War on Terror from a postcolonial literary perspective.

Raza Kolb assembles a diverse archive from colonial India, imperial Britain, French and independent Algeria, the postcolonial Islamic diaspora, and the neoimperial United States. Anchoring her book are studies of four major writers in the colonial-postcolonial canon: Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Albert Camus, and Salman Rushdie. Across these sources, she reveals the tendency to imagine anticolonial rebellion, and Muslim insurgency specifically, as a virulent form of social contagion. Exposing the long history of this broken but persistent narrative, Epidemic Empire is a major contribution to the rhetorical history of our present moment.” We are delighted to have Dr. Raza Kolb come and discuss her important and timely new book with our panelists!

Please join us for this exciting conversation! 

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Monday, April 26, 2021 at 3pm (MT) https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/93931313760

Monday, April 26, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
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