"Adam and Juan Patricio, Dis/possessed"
David Kazanjian, University of Pennsylvania
David Kazanjian is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. During 2016-17, he is a Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He received his PhD from the Rhetoric Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 1997, his M.A. in Critical Theory from the University of Sussex in 1990, and his B.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University in 1989. His areas of specialization are transnational American literary and historical studies through the nineteenth century, Latin American studies (especially nineteenth-century Mexico), political philosophy, continental philosophy, colonial discourse studies, and Armenian diaspora studies. He is a member of the organizing collectives of the journal Social Text and of the Tepoztlán Institute for Transnational History of the Americas. His most recent monograph, The Brink of Freedom: Improvising Life in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (Duke, 2016), offers a study of two nineteenth-century social movements (immigration to Liberia and the Caste War of Yucatán) that improvised with liberal discursive practices of freedom.
The Colonial Americas Workshop is a seminar series for Princeton students and faculty interested in the study of the colonial, imperial, and revolutionary history of the Americas, broadly construed. The series brings together scholars from a wide range of sub-disciplines for the purpose of sharing scholarship, presenting student and faculty research, and discussing problems and trends in colonial history. The series also seeks to create more opportunities for informal interaction between graduate students and senior scholars.
Program in American Studies