Colonial Desires: Imperial Negotiation in the Iron Age Caucasus

Lauren Ristvet (Penn)
9/18/2013

Desire lies at the heart of many theoretical interventions into the logic and practice of empire.  As a factor behind the endless accumulation of capital and a stimulus for conquest, desire may fuel colonial expansion. Similarly, the language of desire and sexual union is implicit in colonial and post-colonial discourses on race and hybridity.  I will consider the operation of empire in the Iron Age Caucasus in terms of multiple and conflicting desires, investigating their economic, cultural, and political implications.
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