Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Book Launch 'On the Scale of the World: The Formation of Black Anticolonial Thought'

17 April 2023, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

On the Scale of the Word book cover

This event has had a last-minute room change and will now take place in the Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre (25 Gordon St)

This event is free.

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All | UCL staff | UCL students






Sarah Parker Remond Centre


Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre
Room E28
25 Gordon St, London
United Kingdom

Please join us for the official launch of On the Scale of the World: The Formation of Black Anticolonial Thought (University of California Press 2022). 

Based on archival research in West Africa, France and the United States, On the Scale of the World examines the reverberations of anticolonial ideas that spread across the Atlantic between the two world wars.  From the 1920s to the 1940s, Black intellectuals in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the United States established theories of colonialism and racism as structures that must be understood, and resisted, on a global scale.  In this richly textured book, Musab Younis gathers the work of writers and poets, journalists and editors, historians and political theorists whose insights speak urgently to contemporary movements for liberation.

The launch will consist of commentaries on the book by the panellists, followed by an audience discussion. It is open to all. It will be followed by an informal drinks reception in a nearby venue. Please register to attend: https://scaleoftheworld.eventbrite.co.uk

Chaired by Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper - author of Black Resistance to British Policing, Lecturer in Public and Social Policy at Queen Mary University of London 


  • Professor Patricia Daley - author of Gender and Genocide in Burundi, Professor of the Human Geography of Africa at the University of Oxford 
  • Dr Kojo Koram - author of Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire, Senior Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London 
  • Dr Alexandra Reza - Lecturer in Comparative Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bristol
  • Dr Musab Younis - Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London