Self-Determination Arising from Resistance

Dr. Priyamvada Gopal

About the Show

In this episode of The Laura Flanders Show, author and scholar Dr. Priyamvada Gopal discusses her latest book, Insurgent Empire, which examines a history of abolition and rebellion under colonial rule to demonstrate how these resistance movements served as active participants in their own liberation, while reshaping ideas around freedom and self-determination during the expansion of capitalism and empire.  She argues that lessons learned then should serve as models for contemporary action while the idea of ordinary people acting as agents is vital and crucial in bringing back to our struggles.

“Liberty can mean many things, not just, for example, the freedom to earn a meager wage.”- Dr. Priyamvada Gopal


  • Dr. Priyamvada Gopal is University Reader in Anglophone and Related Literature in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent.
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