Philippa Levine to Give Second Decolonization Lecture

As part of the National History Center’s ongoing Decolonization Lecture Series, Professor Philippa Levine, Professor of History at the University of Southern California, will give a lecture on Still Invisible?: 
Women, Gender, and Decolonization this Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

The lecture will be in room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE.

This lecture will ask why studies of decolonization so rarely explore the contributions of women to decolonization struggles around the world, from the perspective both of women involved in anti-colonial movements and women who were part of the colonial authority structure. It will offer examples of women in both these roles, and hopes to encourage researchers to open up this fascinating field for further study.

Philippa Levine is Professor of History at the University of Southern California. She received her Doctorate in Philosophy from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, in 1983. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of British Studies and Women’s History Review, and President-elect of the North American Conference on British Studies. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is currently president of the University of Southern California faculty. Professor Levine’s works include Feminist Lives in Victorian England: Private Roles and Public Commitment; Victorian Feminism 1850-1900; Women’s Suffrage in the British Empire: Citizenship, Nation and Race (co-edited with Laura Mayhall and Ian Fletcher); Prostitution, Race and Politics: Policing Venereal Disease in the British Empire; and The British Empire: Sunrise to Sunset.

A question and answer sesssion will follow the presentation. Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress