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The Black Hole of Empire

Partha Chatterjee's Presidential Lecture, presented in conjunction with the conference "Ethnicity in Today's Europe," used the controversial incident of the Black Hole of Calcutta to address the history of modern empires over the last 250 years. Chatterjee was a founding member of the Subaltern Studies Group and is a leading scholar of postcolonialism. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including "The Politics of the Governed: Considerations on Political Society in Most of the World" (2004). Chatterjee is currently working on a series of historical-anthropological studies entitled "Empire Against Terror."

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