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Annette Joseph-Gabriel on Black Women and Citizenship in the French Empire

Guest Host Ariel Mond interviews Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel, assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Michigan, about her new book, Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (University of Illinois Press, 2020).


Ariel Mond is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she studies modern European and global history. Her dissertation research considers the intersections of French political imprisonment, the decolonization of Algeria, and the rise of postwar human rights politics from the 1940s to 1970s.

Featured Image: From Alexis Peskine’s Identité Internationale. 2010. From the cover design of Reimagining Liberation.

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Elleni Centime Zeleke on Ethiopia in Theory

Co-Host of In Theory Disha Karnad Jani interviews Elleni Centime Zeleke, Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, about her book, Ethiopia In Theory: Revolution and Knowledge Production, 1964-2016 (Brill, 2019; Haymarket Books, 2020).


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After the Flood: Lydia Barnett on Global Environment, Imagination, and Empire

Editor Luna Sarti interviews Lydia Barnett, Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University about her book After the Flood: Imagining the Global Environment in Early Modern Europe (Johns Hopkins University Press: 2019) which has been honored with the Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the Journal of the History of Ideas for the best first book in intellectual history.

The book discusses how the story of Noah’s flood has been understood, interpreted, and retold by different authors between the late 16th and early 18th century and illuminates the flood’s complicated legacy in the emergence of a global environmental consciousness. They talk about deep time, human agency and “natural” disasters, and speculate on the role of sin as an intellectual tool of the Anthropocene.

Featured Image: Jammerliche und erschröckliche Zeittung auß Niderland, Brabandt, Holandt, Seelandt, Flandern und Frießlandt 1570), Münchener DigitalisierungsZentrum, Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek.

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Erika Lorraine Milam on Human Nature in Cold War America

In Theory co-host Disha Karnad Jani interviews Erika Lorraine Milam, Professor of History at Princeton University, about her book, Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America (Princeton University Press: 2019). They discuss the media of popular evolutionary theory, the nature of American scientific expertise, and the politics of primatology and human nature.


Featured Image: Cover of Creatures of Cain. From “Scientific Debate” by Nathaniel Gold, Scientific American (July 9, 2012). Cover Design by Lorraine Doneker.

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Anthony Grafton on the Labor of Humanist Scholarship

In Theory co-host Simon Brown interviews Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam Professor of History and the Humanities at Princeton University, about his new book, Inky Fingers: The Making of Books in Early Modern Europe (Harvard University Press: 2020).

The book takes the reader through historical settings and case studies to explore the laborious, collaborative and sometimes poorly-compensated work of humanist scholarship between the Renaissance and Enlightenment. They discuss the division of labor in the printing house, the “divination” in the corrector’s work, and intellectual property in a world of commonplaces.

Featured Image: Cover Image of Inky Fingers designed by Graciela Galup, with image from Jeremiah Hornschuch, Orthotypographia, Leipzig, 1608.

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Gerald Horne on Europe and Atlantic Settlement in the Sixteenth Century

In Theory co-host Disha Karnad Jani interviews Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, about his new book, The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century (Monthly Review Books: 2020).

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