Kavita Philip

The University of British Columbia



Kavita Philip is a historian of science and technology who has written about nineteenth-century environmental knowledge in British India, information technology in post-colonial India, and the intersections of art, science fiction, and social activism with science and technology. She is author of Civilizing Natures (2004), and Studies in Unauthorized Reproduction (forthcoming, MIT Press), as well as co-editor of five volumes curating new interdisciplinary work in radical history, art, activism, computing, and public policy. She holds the President’s Excellence Chair in Network Cultures at The University of British Columbia, where she is Professor of English and (by courtesy) Geography.   


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Read some recent articles by Philip:

"Keep on Copyin’ in the Free World? Genealogies of the Postcolonial Pirate Figure" / Postcolonial Piracy: Media Distribution and Cultural Production in the Global South

"Postcolonial Technologies, Developmental Leapfrogging, Jugaad Economics" / Lecture at UC Irvine

"Feminist Transnational Technoscience Studies" / Lecture at University of Toronto