Global History Workshop - "The Ideal of Civilization: From the Congo Free State to the Cold War"

Global History Workshop
Event date: 
September 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:20pm
Maya Jasanoff
Harvard University
Seminar Series: 
Global History Workshop

"The Ideal of Civilization: from the Congo Free State to the Cold War"

Maya Jasanoff, Harvard University

This workshop is open to the public, but an RVSP is required to attend. Contact Jennifer Loessy at to RSVP. A light lunch will be provided.

Maya Jasanoff is Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University. Jasanoff’s teaching and research range from the history of the British Empire into global history.  Her new book The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World (Penguin Press, forthcoming November 2017) examines the dynamics of modern globalization through the life and times of the novelist Joseph Conrad.  Her first book, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850 (Knopf, 2005), explores British expansion in India and Egypt through the lives of art collectors. It was awarded the Duff Cooper Prize and was a book of the year selection in numerous publications including The Economist, The Observer, and The Sunday Times. Jasanoff's 2011 book Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (Knopf, 2011) presents 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.  

Jasanoff was awarded a 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize in recognition of her contributions to non-fiction literature. Winner of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also been a fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and an ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Fellow. Jasanoff has participated in several BBC documentaries, and her essays and reviews regularly appear in publications including The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The New York Times.


Jennifer Loessy
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