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The Third Carol Breckenridge Annual Memorial Lecture in South Asian History, "Skepticism, Knowledge, and Uncertainty in History: A Debate Revisited" will be delivered by Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty.
Professor Chakrabarty is Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of History, the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilization, and the University of Chicago Law School. He is also faculty fellow at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory. In July 2013, he will join the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
A brief reception will follow the lecture.
Now in its third year the Carol Breckenridge Memorial Lecture in South Asian History was established in 2010 as an annual lecture in remembrance of historian and scholar of global culture New School professor Carol Breckenridge (1942-2009). Breckenridge brought along with her to different cities and campuses not only her erudition and insight into intellectual debates on global and transnational issues, but also her formidable gift of inspiring others. In 1988 Breckenridge founded the path-breaking journal Public Culture with her husband, the anthropologist Arjun Appadurai. Shaping the emerging field of transnational and cultural studies in a decisive way, Public Culture became a major journal for the discipline of anthropology. She later established the Sister Cities Project and wrote articles and books co-edited with colleagues, which brought new perceptions to the field and remain as evidence of her unstinting efforts against the stultifying effects of academic parochialism on the world at large.