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The Politics of Racism: A Symposium for John Solomos

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

This symposium brings leading figures in the fields of race, cultural and postcolonial studies to reflect on past times and our times and to honour the work and friendship of John Solomos. In these turbulent times, what must we learn together about racism? What is the responsibility of scholars of racism in the face of the refugee crisis? What resources do we have to think about the endless proliferation of state violence? Opportunities to reflect on such issues have depended, in part, on creating spaces of collaboration and conversation, both within and beyond the academy. Creating programmes, journals and study groups have been a way of coming together, consolidating and producing shared resources in the face of racist brutalities. We will consider these questions as we pay tribute to John Solomos and the Ethnic and Racial Studies Collective.


Speakers include:


Claire Alexander Les Back Alice Bloch Parminder Bhachu Chetan Bhatt Gargi Bhattacharyya David Theo Goldberg Clive Harris Syd Jeffers Michael Keith Errol Lawrence Karim Murji Ann Phoenix John Solomos Lisa Steinberg Brett St Louis


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