‘On Global Ethics’, Leela Gandhi Talk at Goldsmiths, June 15

On Global Ethics: Some Histories and Practices

A talk by Professor Leela Gandhi (Brown University)
Monday 15 June: Small Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building, 4-6pm, Goldsmiths

I will draw upon my books Affective Communities, and The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955, to canvass forms of ethics or self-work that speak to the cultures of globalization by actively seeking a connection between self and the world. My focus will be on the radical, transnational and democratizing ethical experimentation that emerged against the backdrop of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century imperialism and totalitarianism.

Leela Gandhi is the John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English at Brown University. She has taught at the University of Chicago, La Trobe University and the University of Delhi and held visiting professorships in Australia, Denmark, India, Italy and Iran. Her publications include Postcolonial Theory (1998), Measures of Home: Selected Poems (2000), and Affective Communities (2006). In her most recent book The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955 (2014), Gandhi contests the view that democracy is a uniquely Western inheritance and recovers a transnational history of democracy in the first half of the twentieth century. Gandhi is co-editor, along with Deborah Nelson, of Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation, a special issue of Critical Inquiry. She is a founding co-editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies and board member of Postcolonial Text, and a Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University.