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Release: April 7, 2003

'European Empires' Lecture Series Continues In April, May

The University of Iowa 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium's lecture series, "European Empires," continues in April and May with three presentations by visiting scholars.

Todd Porterfield, associate professor and Canada Research Chair at the Universite de Montreal, will speak Monday, April 14. His lecture, "What Becomes an Empire Most? J.-L. David's Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine, the Performative, and Instantiation," begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room E105 Art Building. The second speaker will be Priya Joshi, an English professor at Washington University speaking about, "Public Culture, Private Selves: The Social Lives of Institutions in Nineteenth-Century India," Friday, April 25 at 4 p.m. in the Gerber Lounge, 304 English Philosophy Building. The series concludes with Doris Garraway, who is assistant professor at Northwestern University, speaking on ""Race, Reproduction and Family Romance in Moreau de Saint-Mery's 'Description de la partie francaise de Saint-Domingue,'" on Thursday, May 8 at 5 p.m. in 345 IMU (Northwestern Room.) All three lectures are free and open to the public.

A recent Fulbright scholar at the Universite de Paris X, Porterfield wrote "The Allure of Empire: Art in the Service of French Imperialism, 1798-1836," (Princeton University Press), which examines how visual culture promoted modern French imperialism through battle paintings, the public display of archaeological spoils, and the decoration of urban vistas. His work considers how the forces of art and politics aided France's military conquest of the Near East. His UI lecture is co-sponsored by UI International Programs and the School of Art and Art History.

Joshi's lecture will address Victorian British literature in India. Her Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award-winning book for 2002, "In Another Country: Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India," (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002), is a cultural history of the consumption and production of the English novel in nineteenth and twentieth century India. Her lecture is co-sponsored by UI International Programs, The South Asian Studies Program, The Center for the Book, and the English department.

Garraway's primary research interests include French colonialism and slavery in the Caribbean, seventeenth-and eighteenth-century travel literature and anthropology, and postcolonial French Caribbean literature. Her book manuscript, entitled "The Libertine Colony: Creolization in the Early French Caribbean," forthcoming from Duke University Press, examines narratives, histories and fictions from the seventeenth- and eighteen- century French Caribbean, with particular emphasis on the impact of gender and sexuality on colonial relations of domination and constructions of race. Her lecture is co-sponsored by the department of African-American world studies and the department of French and Italian.

The 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium is an interdisciplinary group at the UI whose goal is to foster connections among scholars whose work focuses on the 18th and 19th centuries. Organizers include College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members in art and art history, English, French, music, and theatre.

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