Masterclass: Ann Laura Stoler

Where: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
When: 7-9 December 2017
Contact: David Duindam,; Paul Bijl,

Ann Laura Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research in New York. She will deliver a keynote lecture at the 2017 AHM conference “Materialities of Postcolonial Memory” from 7-9 December in Amsterdam. Stoler has worked for some thirty years on the politics of knowledge, colonial governance, racial epistemologies, the sexual politics of empire, and ethnography of the archives. Her books include Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (1995), Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule (2002), Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (2009) and the edited volume Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination (2013). Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times was recently published with Duke University Press.

On December 9 2017, Stoler will teach a masterclass hosted by NICA. During this masterclass, she will address the trajectory of her work and how subjects change both the form and content of the writing process. How do words, concepts, and style matter? Time of the masterclass: December 9, 4pm – 6pm, location: Vondelzaal, University Library in Amsterdam (Singel 425). Students who wish to participate in the masterclass are required to participate in the AHM conference, and especially attend prof. Stoler’s keynote lecture. After the masterclass students write a 1,500 word paper. If you wish to participate, please send a brief motivation of no more than one page to before Novemer 15, 2017. A selection of articles and chapters will be distributed to all participants.