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RBSC Objects of Empire Symposium

Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:00am - 04:00pm

The Rutgers British Studies Center

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Friday, October 24, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm
Alexander Library, Pane Room - 169 College Avenue
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

This symposium explores how the British Empire produced, reinforced and provoked criticism of itself through material objects from grand public buildings to humble cups of tea. Architecture manifested the social values of public practices, including worship, shopping, and visiting exhibitions. Commodities --their production, circulation, consumption, and narration --represented the reach and limits of empire. The resistance to the imperial erasure of identity may also be uncovered in close readings of objects. Please join us for this interdisciplinary conference, which is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alex Bremner, University of Edinburgh
Great and Greater Britain: Architecture and the Politics of New Imperialism, 1887-1915
Louis Nelson, University of Virginia
Architectures of Empire in Jamaica
Erika Rappaport, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Every Kitchen an Empire Kitchen”: Tea and the Politics of Imperial Consumerism in Interwar Britain and India
Ross Forman, University of Warwick
Cathay on Display: The Chinese Court at the “South Kensington Caravanserai,” 1884