Colonial Knowledge and Rural Insurgency: From the Self-Emancipation of Slaves and Serfs to Decolonization

  • Andrew Zimmermann, History, George Washington University, Washington DC
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Friday, September 15, 5-6:30 pm, reception to follow
    in the series
    Green College Special Lecture
  • A Green College Special Lecture in association with the German Historical Institute

    Drawing on his earlier and current research, Andrew Zimmerman will highlight the constitutive role of rural insurgent knowledge in both the creation and the destruction of counterinsurgent colonial knowledge. The first part of the talk will consider how Hegel and Marx developed their own thought in dialogue with rural insurgent knowledge from Central Europe, Haiti and the Southern United States. The second part will discuss the elite forms of knowledge that emerged to counter, and to redirect, these prior insurgencies, above all the racialized social sciences of Max Weber, Robert Park and others in Europe, West Africa, and the Southern United States. The final part of the talk will look at the insurgent responses to this counterinsurgent knowledge, including the transnational Black sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois and others, as well as decolonial and subaltern studies – the very forms of knowledge that animate this talk.

    Professor Zimmermann’s lecture is part of the workshop Empires of Knowledge: Expertise and Power across the Long Twentieth Century taking place at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC, 15-16 September. “Empires of Knowledge” is the first workshop organized by GHI West, the new Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.


September 15th, 2017 from  5:00 PM to  6:30 PM
Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
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