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Race, Empire, Power and the Colour-line in International Politics - Keynote Lecture




From the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), Department of International Politics, City University London.

Lecture to be given by Professor Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania
Location: Room A130, College Building.

At the dawn of the 20th century, W.E.B Du Bois, the controversial and pre-eminent African-American scholar, stated quite prophetically that the problem, “of the Twentieth Century is the…Colour-line”. This Seminar traces the contours of the global colour-line into the 21st century.

W.E.B Du Bois astutely recognised, irrespective of biological considerations, that race and imperialism had been interwoven into the very fabric of both national and international politics. Indeed, scholars argue that in addition to the cultural and Euro-centric characteristics of the “English-speaking world” (Anglo-sphere), its ideological foundations were also built on the concept of Western and ultimately white supremacy.

It is maintained that the 20th and the 21st century witnessed a more nuanced and sophisticated form of racial hegemony. The creation of the United Nations, decolonisation, America’s own racial transformation during the Civil Rights period, and the Obama presidency, are often presented as indicative of the end of the domestic and global colour-line. However, given the recent spate of racialised police brutality in the USA and the re-emergence of the racial fault line in America’s domestic arena, the case is far from closed.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Great Hall Foyer 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

For more information please contact the Centre for International Policy Studies

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5.30pm - 7.00pmWednesday 9th December 2015

A130 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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