Project Directors: James Delbourgo and Toby Jones

Click here for a printable PDF version of the Fall 2013 seminar schedule.

All seminars take place from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm in the RCHA's Seminar Room at 88 College Avenue unless noted otherwise.  They are followed by a catered lunch.  Papers for these meetings are available to be picked up at the RCHA one week prior to the seminar date.  Copies of the papers may also be obtained by contacting the RCHA at (732) 932-8701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September 17 – Shared Readings

September 24– Lisa Björkman (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

     "Becoming a Slum: From Municipal Colony to Illegal Settlement in Liberalization-Era Mumbai"

October 1– Mary Mitchell (Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania)
     "Abortion Rights on the Move: Activist Technologies and Subversive Mobilities in Nonviolent Direct Action"
October 8--Michael Christopher Low (Department of History, Columbia University)
     "Like Oil and Water?: The Ottoman Pre-History of Saudia Hydro-Centralization"

October 15 –  Shared Readings 

October 22 –  Toby Jones (Department of History, Rutgers, RCHA Project Director)

    "Oil and War: A New Approach"

October 29--Nicole Starosielski (Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

     "Circuits to the Past"

November 5--Sara Pritchard (Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University)

     "Hydroimperialism and Hydrocapitalism: Irrigation Technologies in Algeria and Beyond"

November 12--Anupama Rao (Department of History, Barnard College)

    "Revisiting Interwar Thought: Stigma, Labor, and the Immanence of Caste-Class"

November 19--Asher Ghertner (Department of Geography, Rutgers University)

     "The Nuisance of Slums: Environmental Law and the Production of Slum Illegality in India"   


 November 26– Thanksgiving – NO SEMINAR

December 3 – Paul Edwards (School of Information and Department of History, University of Michigan)

     "Knowledge Infrastructures: Intellectual Frameworks and Research Challenges"

December 10– Rheana Salazar Parreñas (RCHA Postdoctoral Fellow)

   "An Infrastructure for Forced Life: Orangutans, Restraint, and the Transspecific Boundaries of Rape"