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The Exeter Decolonising Network's Racism & Social Justice Seminars

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This series will consider the possibilities of social justice in the current moment from cross-disciplinary perspectives.

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Racism & Social Justice Seminars (organised with the Exeter Decolonising Network)

Addressing the monumental imperative to reckon with structural racism, this series will consider the possibilities of social justice in the current moment from cross-disciplinary perspectives, across different organisations and economies of violence, and in forms of resistance, survival, and endurance.

  1. Thursday November 5th (12:30pm) – Josie Gill (Bristol), ‘Race, Science, and Literary Studies in the 21st Century’.
  2. Thursday December 10th  (4:30pm) – Hazel Carby (Yale University): ‘Imperial Sexual Economies’.

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Topic: Race, Science, and Literary Studies in the 21st Century by Josie Gill

Time: Nov 5, 2020 12:30 PM London

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About: In this talk I will consider the ways in which narratives from genetic science have been used to frame approaches to race in literary studies. I will interrogate the presumed anti-racism of this framing, and how this use of science disrupts contemporary theoretical assumptions about the relationship between the disciplines- namely that literary scholars tend to be critical or sceptical of science. I will argue that reading contemporary fiction alongside, rather than in opposition to, genetic science, enables us to apprehend the biofictional nature of race itself, and the cultural and literary contexts in which racial scientific ideas – including those that are situated as anti-racist – arise.

Josie Gill is a lecturer in the Department of English and a member of the Centre for Black Humanities at the University of Bristol. Her book Biofictions: Race, Genetics and the Contemporary Novel was published by Bloomsbury in 2020.

Topic: Imperial Sexual Economies by Hazel Carby

Time: Dec 10, 2020 04:30 PM London

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About: The selection concerns the lives of enslaved and free women of color on a Jamaican plantation in the late eighteenth and early years of the nineteenth century. I will circulate a lecture in advance, with illustrations, for reading before my presentation. In my presentation of 15mins or so I will talk about imperial accounting practices.

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