The decolonial turn in the academy is recent but pervasive. Scholarly manifestoes in many academic disciplines, ranging from ethnography to geology, have urged on the need to explore, and contest the impacts of colonialism in their respective fields. But what possibilities and challenges are revealed when decolonizing insights are applied to rethink specific categories in animal history? In this talk, Rohan Deb Roy addresses this question by focussing on mosquitoes in British India. In the process, Rohan Deb Roy will elucidate three distinct historical processes: ‘invisible labor’, ‘dissent’ and ‘re-colonization’. He argues that the project of ‘decolonizing mosquitoes’ should be grounded on a scholarly praxis that enables historians to formulate newer critiques of colonialism. Rohan Deb Roy will also comment on why it is problematic for such a project to seek convenient alternatives in post-colonial nationalism.
Rohan Deb Roy, Associate Professor in South Asian History at the University of Reading
Free and open to the public; no registration required. Please join the event via Microsoft Teams. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Hosted by the History of Knowledge Seminar Series at Utrecht University.