“An Empire of Touch” book signing/presentation by author Poulomi Saha. Dr. Saha is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, in Critical Theory and Gender and Women’s Studies. This is her first book, which was awarded the Helen Tartar First Book Subvention Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association. The book is an innovative account of women's political labor in East Bengal (the historical antecedent of Bangladesh) over more than a century, articulated in writing, political action and stitching. It follows the historical traces of how women have claimed their labor, making what has been customarily seen as “merely” intimate and domestic into appreciable political acts.
Professor Saha’s research and teaching agenda spans eastward and forward from the late 19th century decline of British colonial rule in the Indian Ocean through to the Pacific and the rise of American global power and domestic race relations in the 20th century– with a particular investment in psychoanalysis, critical theory, and feminist studies.