Skip to main content

SSHP releases a statement on critical scholarship on race

The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London statement on critical scholarship on race.

The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London strongly supports our staff and students carrying out critical scholarship on race. Critical Race Theory is an established and valuable field of inquiry, rather than a position in a debate: it has been inaccurately represented, for example by the UK Government’s Department of Education.

SSHP is proud of the breadth and depth of its teaching on critical race studies and identities. The following list of modules showcases our teaching in these fields, all of which include readings by critical race scholars.


  • Gender, Race, & Class in Global Political Economy
  • Critical Race Studies: Understanding Asian and Black Experiences in Britain
  • The Politics of Race and Diaspora
  • Race, Ethnicity and Development
  • Crossing Borders: Passports, Bodies and the State, 1600 to Today
  • Empires: Conquest and Decolonisation, from 1700 to Brexit
  • Medicine and Power in Modern Africa
  • The Colonial Gaze: Western Perceptions of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 1600-1960
  • Italy and the World: Conflict and the Incomplete Nation, 1815-present 
  • Colonial Encounters: Race, Identity and Cultural Exchange in the British Empire
  • Introductions: Understanding the Social World
  • Power
  • Hate
  • Bodies
  • Urban Multicultures
  • Class 
  • Racism and Antisemitism
  • Introduction to Psychoanalysis


  • Geopolitics, Population & Environment
  • Critical Social Geographies
  • Race, Ethnicity and Development
  • The Holocaust
  • Politics and Islam
  • Africa Imagined: Visions of a Continent 1600 – 2000
  • A Science of Progress: Darwin, Evolution and the Making of Modernity
  • Modern Europe and Its Others: Jews, Muslims, Blacks
  • Italy and the ‘new’ European Right, 1945 – Present
  • Health, Healing and Modernity in Africa
  • Race, Empire, Postcoloniality
  • Culture, Community, Identity
  • Education, Globalisation and Change
  • Education, Power and Resistances
  • Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Lacanian Psychoanalysis

In celebration of this research and teaching, we draw your attention to our Birkbeck Geography and Critical Race Theory webinar series. Please join us for the rest of the series.

More news about: