Michele L. Louro on the League Against Imperialism

September 10, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 3:30pm
Mershon Center, Room 120
Michele Louro
Michele L. Louro is an Associate Professor of History at Salem State University. This talk is part of the International History Speaker Series at the Mershon Center.
 
In February 1927, more than 170 delegates representing anticolonial and working-class movements convened in Brussels and established the League against Imperialism (LAI), a rarely studied yet significant institution that coordinated a worldwide resistance to imperialist powers and capitalist classes. It attracted high profile activists and anticolonial revolutionaries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, who collectively imagined an alternative world order built on anti-imperialist solidarity and the eradication of colonialism globally.
 
This talk draws upon Louro's recent book, Comrades against Imperialism, and her forthcoming co-edited volume, The League against Imperialism: Lives and Afterlives, to reveal the history of the LAI and those who joined the anti-imperialist movement, particularly India’s future prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. In centering Indian anticolonialism in the global history of the LAI, Louro considers the significance of anti-imperialism as an alternative vision of internationalism that shaped anticolonial struggles of the interwar years and later inspired the global south in the era of decolonization.
 
Michele L. Louro is an Associate Professor of History at Salem State University. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University and is broadly trained in the fields of modern South Asian history, British imperial history, international history, and world history. She is author to Comrades against Imperialism: Nehru, India and Interwar Internationalism (Cambridge University Press), as well as essays that appear in several journals including the Journal of Contemporary History (forthcoming), Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2013), and Third Frame: Literature, Culture and Society (2009), and the edited volume, The Internationalist Moment: South Asia, Worlds and Worldviews (2014). At Salem State University, professor Louro teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on modern South Asia, the British Empire, and world history. She is currently the faculty fellow for the Center for Research and Creative Activities at Salem State. She also serves as the Treasurer of the World History Association and was the former Managing Editor of the Journal of World History (2017-2019).
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