Race and social difference, Lowe contends, are enduring remainders of colonial processes through which “the human” is universalized and “freed” by liberal forms, while the peoples who create the conditions of possibility for that freedom are assimilated or forgotten.
Lisa Lowe is Professor of English and Humanities at Tufts University, where she also directs the program in Colonialism Studies within the consortium of studies for Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. She is the author of books on orientalism, immigration, and globalization, including Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke UP, 1996) and The Intimacies of Four Continents (Duke UP, 2015). This year, she is leading a Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Comparative Global Humanities.
2017-2018 marks 20 years of Asian American Studies. Starting as a committee of senior professors from different departments, Asian American Studies is now a full-pledged department with an undergraduate major and minor as well as a graduate minor.