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Published on September 18, 2019

Dr. Davis to talk about elephants at Yale

This Friday, Dr. Bradley Davis will present at the Yale Program in Agrarian Studies on the topic, “Marks of the beast: Animals and Ethne in the Vietnamese agrarian empire.” This is part of a new book project, an environmental history of imperial Vietnam that considers various attempts to control life (flora, fauna, human) before French colonial rule. Through chapters on buffalo, elephants, uplands plants, and non-Vietnamese imperial subjects, Dr. Davis’s book will follow the slow uphill crawl of the state from the early nineteenth century to the present, connecting contemporary development discourse in Southeast Asia to stalled political ambitions from the more distant past.

Dr. Davis is on sabbatical this semester, and this is the sort of thing that professors do when they go on sabbatical: start new projects, engage with scholars at other institutions, and present their developing work as they prepare new publications.

You can find more information about Dr. Davis’s talk through the website for the Program in Agrarian Studies.