Sarah Parker Remond Centre


In conversation with Sita Balani

16 May 2023, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm

Deadly and Slick: Sexual Modernity and the Making of Race

In conversation with Sita Balani on ‘Deadly and Slick: Sexual Modernity and the Making of Race’

This event is free.

Event Information

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Sarah Parker Remond Centre


IAS Forum
South Wing, Gower Street
United Kingdom

Synopsis of Deadly and Slick

If race is increasingly understood to be socially constructed, why does it continue to seem like a physiological reality? The trickery of race, Sita Balani argues, comes down to how it is embedded in everyday life through the domain we take to be most intimate and essential: sexuality. Modernity inaugurates a new political subject made legible as an individual through the nuclear family, sexual adventure and the pursuit of romantic love. By examining the regulation of sexual life at Britain's borders, in colonial India, and through the functioning of the welfare state, marriage laws, education, and counterterrorism, Balani reveals that sexuality has become fatally intertwined with the making of race.

About the event

In this event, Balani is in conversation with Pavan Mano, Research Fellow in Racism, Racialisation and Gender at the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation. The launch will consist of a discussion of Deadly and Slick and its connections to the larger cultural politics of race and sexuality, followed by questions from the audience. There will be an informal drinks reception after the event.

About the Speaker

Dr Sita Balani

Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London

Dr. Sita Balani is a lecturer in English at Queen Mary University of London. She is the co-author of Empire's Endgame. She has published in Vice, Tribune, the White ReviewNovara, Salvage, Ceasefire, Five Dials, Wasafiri, and Open Democracy. She has appeared on BBC3 and Novara Media, and is a regular speaker at events on anti-racism, feminism, education, sexuality, and colonial history.

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