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Dec

09

Wednesday

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

2.00pm

Seminars

Public

This event is now full. There are still spaces available for the evening lecture beginning at 5.30pm. See link below for details.

A keynote lecture will be given by Prof Robert Vitalis at the end of the seminar programme, this will start at 5.30pm. Places still available.

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

Location: Lecture Theatre A110, College Building.

At the dawn of the 20th century, W.E.B Du Bois, the controversial and preeminent 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.

We maintain 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.

This Seminar is designed to present an opening salvo in an on-going series of events to debate the theoretical and empirical parameters of the racial, imperialist and power dynamics of the historical and contemporary domestic and global colour-line.

The panellists include:

  • Dr Mark Ledwidge, Canterbury Christ Church University: African Americans, Colonialism, and White Power.
  • Prof. Ronen Palan, City University London: Institutional Legacies and Empires.
  • Prof. Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania: White World Order, Black Power Politics.

A keynote lecture will be given by Prof Robert Vitalis at the end of the seminar programme.

For more information please contact the Centre for International Policy Studies

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2.00pm - 5.00pmWednesday 9th December 2015

A110 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom