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Racing the International: “American Empire”

May 3, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

“American Empire”

While the United States has long represented itself as an anti-imperial nation, its origins as an expanding settler colony, its forays into colonial rule abroad and its contemporary position as the hegemonic global power index the contours of an American empire. This panel will explore the relationship between domestic racial formations and imperialism abroad.

A panel discussion featuring: Daniel Immerwahr (Northwestern University) and Aziz Rana (Cornell Law School).

free and open to the public.

This venue is physically accessible and has a gender-neutral restroom. Please contact the CSRPC at 773.702.8063 with any questions or accommodation requests.
This series is organized by Professor Adom Getachew (Political Science) in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture with support from UChicago Social Science, The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, the Theory & Models Group, and Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT).
About the series:
At the first Pan-African Congress in 1900 and then again in his seminal 1903 Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B Du Bois proclaimed, “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line—the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” In recent years, drawing inspiration from Du Bois and others, international lawyers, historians and political scientists have explored the multiple dimensions—legal, political, economic and cultural—of the global color line and attended to the transnational political movements that have demanded racial equality. Over the course of five conversations, this series will (1) examine how ideologies of race and racial difference were conceived and contested in different historical and political contexts; (2) investigate the ways in which global formations such as international law and global capitalism intersected and interacted with these ideologies and (3) highlight how the international stage has provided opportunities and alternative tools in local and global fights for racial justice.

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Previous Programs:
Apr 12 / Racing the International: Globalizing Racial Capitalism
Mar 1 / Racing the International: Tracing a Black Feminist International
Jan 18 / Racing the International: “From Bandung to Durban”
Nov 2 / Racing the International: “Racing International Law”


May 3, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture


Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture
5733 S University Ave
Chicago, IL 60637 United States
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