Introduced by Ken Olende
Saturday 27 March 4pm-5.30pm GMT
The Black Lives Matter movement that shook the world in 2020 has provoked a welcome interest in black radicalism and black radical thinkers. It has also revitalised a discussion about “racial capitalism”—exploring the relationship and between racism and capital. This seminar will look at the concept of “racial capitalism” as developed by black radical scholar Cedric Robinson. It will situate Robinson in relation to an important tradition of black Marxists and offer a critical engagement with Robinson’s key concepts and their application today.
The seminar will be introduced by Ken Olende, author of the recent International Socialism article on this topic. Ken is researching a PhD on “Rethinking ‘blackness’ as a political identity” at Brighton University. He is an activist with Stand Up to Racism and is on the editorial board of International Socialism.
Ken Olende, Cedric Robinson, racial capitalism and the return of black radicalism (International Socialism 169)
Arun Kundnani, What Is Racial Capitalism?
Esme Choonara, Racism: individual, institutional and structural (International Socialism 168)