October 1

History Forum w/ Prof. Marc Jason Gilbert

“The Veranda: Deconstructing South Asia’s Colonial & Post-Colonial Porch, 1870-1946”
Prof. Marc Jason Gilbert, Department of History, Hawaiʻi Pacific University
12:00 to 1:30 pm
Tuesday, October 1st
Sakamaki Hall A201

Prof. Gilbert traces the history of the veranda, the most characteristic element of South Asian colonial and post-colonial architecture. This illustrated talk will consider the veranda’s form and function as an example of colonial hybridity, and the use of this at once South Asian and colonial architectural space as divider and middle ground between ruler and subject during the colonial era and its persistence after South Asian independence. This discussion continues the long study of the built environment in the region, including colonial urban planning, residences of colonial officials, railways stations, banks, government offices and other buildings which expressed the power of the colonial and post-colonial state. Dr. Gilbert is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles, including, most recently South Asia: A World History (Oxford University Press). He is currently writing a book on the South Asian origins of the First Indochina War. Prof. Gilbert holds the NEH Endowed Chair in World History at HPU.

Sponsored by UHM Department of History & Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Questions? Contact Prof. Peter H. Hoffenberg at 956-8497 or peterh@hawaii.edu