“Empire Food to Post-Colonial City: Circulating Foodscapes in London, Toronto, and Singapore” by Dr Jayeeta Sharma, Feb 7

Empire Food to Post-Colonial City: Circulating Foodscapes in London, Toronto, and Singapore

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Abstract

The first part of this talk undertakes a historical analysis of some issues around food, urban, and circulatory history in the modern British Empire. The second part involves an exploratory discussion of post-colonial foodscapes in the context of mobile Asian groups in London, Toronto, and Singapore.

About the Speaker

Dr Jayeeta Sharma is an Assistant Professor in History and Global Asia Studies at the University of Toronto. Her academic interests include migration, labour, gender, food, urban, religious, and diasporic cultures of South Asia, the Himalayan borderlands, and the British Empire. She trained at Delhi and Cambridge as a scholar of Asia and empire with a strong interest in migration and circulation.

Her first book, Empire’s Garden: Assam and the Making of India (Duke University Press’s Radical Perspectives book series and Permanent Black, 2011) examines the intersections of colonial tea capitalism with identity contestations in modern and contemporary India. This work links the study of coolie labour, missionary and gentry-generated print culture, and internal migration in South Asia to that of imperial commodities, cultural nationalism, and post-colonial politics of race, language, and ethnicity.

In her current research project on the Himalayas, Jayeeta studies labour mobilization, hill-stations, education, Anglo-Indian, Lepcha, Nepali, Tibetan communities, missionary and philanthropic networks across sites as diverse as Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand. Another of her new interests is the history of food, particularly in reference to Asian cities, imperial and trans-migrant circulation.

Jayeeta Sharma’s teaching covers imperial circulation, postcolonial cities and diasporas, Himalayan borderlands, food, commodities, race, gender, childhood, and environment. She currently supervises graduate students in History, Geography, and Anthropology. She can be reached at sharma@utsc.utoronto.ca.

The seminar will be chaired by Associate Professor Ho Kong Chong and will take place in the Research Division Seminar Room at AS7 Shaw Foundation Building, level 6, in room 06-42.

To get to the Research Division Seminar Room, walk straight past the restrooms after exiting the elevator, then past the glass door on the left, and one door on the right. The seminar room is in front of you at the end of the corridor.

Tea will be served at 4:00pm following the seminar, which begins at 2:30pm.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP with your name, email, and affiliation.

Thank you and hope to see you there!

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