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Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1867-2017

20 Years of Asian American Studies at Illinois Fall Lecture Series: Archives, History, Undocumented Knowledge

Speaker: Dr. Lisa Lowe 
Professor of English and Humanities 
Director, Center for Humanities 
Tufts University

This paper reflects on the possibilities, limits, and alternatives to the archives that authorize knowledge about the histories of nations and empires in terms of explicit interests – those of ruling elites, slave owners, and colonial  administrators, in the settler nation or imperial state – and that deny indigenous, enslaved, laboring and colonized people the humanity and presence they accord free liberal persons and the societies in which they are enfranchised.

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