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Anne Norton

Occupying the Ruins of Empire

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 4:00-5:30pm

Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, Wilder House

Norton begins with a reflection on the seizure and restoration of Cuban beaux-arts houses and urban districts. She then turns to the question of what survives of empires and what use we can make of those remnants and residue.

Anne Norton is the author of On the Muslim Question95 Theses on Politics, Culture and Method, Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire, Bloodrites of the Poststructuralists, Republic of Signs, Reflections on Political Identity, and Alternative Americas: A Reading of Antebellum Political Culture. She is part of the Bridge Initiative against Islamophobia and founding co-editor of Theory & Event. She was educated at the University of Chicago and is Stacey and Henry Jackson President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, Princeton University and the University of Texas, and has held fellowships at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton. She has working projects on radical democracy, the problem of property, racial inequality, and the remains of empire.