International Black Radicalism

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Created: 2019-01-21 09:15
Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Description: International Black Radicalism

When Martin Luther King Jr. claimed ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’ he summarised the epistemology of ‘black radicalism’. From 19th century abolitionist thinkers, through to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, black radicalism is a theory arguing that the emancipation of black people is a transnational project.

Our CRASSH research group will develop understandings of black radicalism in two ways. Firstly, we will highlight how black radicalism has transcended national and disciplinary borders. Thus, we will examine how black radicals often developed and disseminated their theories upon travelling to different nations. Such transnational travelling was key to the ‘internationalism’ of black radicalism, stressing that struggle against racial injustice must be a globalised struggle. Secondly, we will focus on black radicalism’s historical development, questioning whether contemporary exponents of black radicalism are better or worse placed to perform its ‘internationalism’ in a digital age.

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International Black Radicalism - 16 January 2019 - Performing Black Radicalism in a Colourblind World


Rachell Sanchez Rivera (Centre of Latin American Studies, Cambridge)

This session will explore the global emergence of colourblind ideology, and how black radicalism has...

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Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Created: Mon 21 Jan 2019