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VIRTUAL IAS Festival Inaugural Lecture: 'Anti-racism as Politics' - Professor Paul Gilroy

06 May 2021, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Photo portrait of Paul Gilroy by Lola Paprocka

Paul Gilroy, Professor of the Humanities and Founding Director of the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism & Racialisation, delivers his inaugural lecture: 'Anti-racism as Politics', with a welcome from UCL President & Provost Dr Michael Spence AC and commentary from Executive Deans, Professors Stella Bruzzi and Sasha Roseneil.

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About the lecture:

This lecture will address aspects of Professor Gilroy's scholarly career as a researcher, in several disciplinary settings, into the problems presented by ethnic absolutism and the attachment to race. It will reflect critically on approaches to the study of racial hierarchy that reduce work in this difficult area to the examination of interpersonal relations or confine understanding of the political aspects of this critical work to the matter of identity alone. 

About the speaker:

Professor Paul Gilroy joined UCL as Professor of the Humanities in August 2019 and as Founding Director of the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism & Racialisation. He is one of the foremost theorists of race and racism working and teaching in the world today. Author of foundational and highly influential books such as There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack (1987), The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993), Against Race (2000), Postcolonial Melancholia (2005) and Darker Than Blue (2010) alongside numerous key articles, essays and critical interventions, Gilroy’s is a unique voice that speaks to the centrality and tenacity of racialised thought and representational practices in the modern world. 

Alternative Epistemologies - celebrating 5 years of the IAS

This talk forms part of the IAS five-year anniversary festival on the theme of ‘Alternative Epistemologies’. Please register to attend at https://ias-antiracism-politics.eventbrite.co.uk

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Inaugural Lecture Series 2020/21

This lecture is part of the 2020/21 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.

For information on previous and upcoming lectures please visit: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/social-historical-sciences/news-events/inaugural-lectures