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September 17, 2019
NYC Launch: Insurgent Empire at McNally Jackson
McNally Jackson SoHo
September 17, 2019
7.00pm - 7.00pm
McNally Jackson SoHo
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012 United States
Priyamvada Gopal launches her new book, Insurgent Empire, on how rebellious colonies changed attitudes to empire, in conversation with Dina Siddiqi.

Join Priyamvada Gopal and Dina Siddiqi in conversation around Priya's new book on how rebellious colonies changed attitudes to empire.

Insurgent Empire shows how Britain’s enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. What is more, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom. Gopal examines a century of dissent on the question of empire and shows how British critics of empire were influenced by rebellions and resistance in the colonies, from the West Indies and East Africa to Egypt and India. In addition, a pivotal role in fomenting resistance was played by anticolonial campaigners based in London, right at the heart of empire.

Much has been written on how colonized peoples took up British and European ideas and turned them against empire when making claims to freedom and self-determination. Insurgent Empire sets the record straight in demonstrating that these people were much more than victims of imperialism or, subsequently, the passive beneficiaries of an enlightened British conscience—they were insurgents whose legacies shaped and benefited the nation that once oppressed them.

Priyamvada Gopal is University Reader in Anglophone and Related Literatures in the Faculty of English and Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge. She is the author of Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence and The Indian English Novel: Nation, History and Narration.

Dina Siddiqi is a professor at NYU and BRAC University. Her research and publications cover a range of issues grounded in the study of gender and Islam in Bangladesh: transnational feminist politics, women’s work in the ready-made garment industry, the anthropology of human rights, gender justice, and non-state dispute resolution mechanisms. She is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD), Columbia University. She serves on the editorial board of Routledge’s Women in Asia Publication Series, she is Chair of the South Asia Council (SAC) of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), and is on the board of the AAS.