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Racing the International: Tracing a Black Feminist International

March 1, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

“Tracing a Black Feminist International”

Despite the growing scholarship on black and subaltern internationalisms, there remains a stubborn gendering of internationalist politics. W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey and C.L.R. James are always identified with this tradition, while Claudia Jones, Pauli Murray, Merze Tate, Eslanda Robinson and others are often marginalized and forgotten. This panel takes up the question of internationalism from the perspective of Black women’s intellectual and political history as well as from a black and third world feminist theoretical lens.

A panel discussion featuring: Annette Joseph-Gabriel (University of Arizona), Erik S. McDuffie (University of Illinois-Chicago), and Barbara Ransby (University of Illinois-Chicago).

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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Upcoming Programs:
Apr 12 / Racing the International: Globalizing Racial Capitalism
May 3 / Racing the International: “American Empire”

Previous Programs:
Jan 18 / Racing the International: “From Bandung to Durban”
Nov 2 / Racing the International: “Racing International Law”


March 1, 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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