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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. Thursday November 5th (12:30pm) – Josie Gill (Bristol), ‘Race, Science, and Literary Studies in the 21st Century’. Thursday December 10th  (4:30pm) – Hazel Carby (Yale University): ‘Imperial Sexual Economies’. Register by selecting the appropriate date(s) and using the Zoom links below to access the meeting on the day of the event. Topic: Race, Science, and Literary Studies in the 21st Century by Josie GillTime: Nov 5, 2020 12:30 PM LondonJoin Zoom Meeting: ID: 923 0498 3642Password: 712423About: 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 (pictured below) 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 CarbyTime: Dec 10, 2020 04:30 PM LondonJoin Zoom Meeting: ID: 954 6941 4643Password: 725163About: 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. Please note attendees are encouraged to read Part Five “Legacies” of Imperial Intimacies (pp. 269-306) in advance of the seminar. This will be emailed to registered attendees prior to the event. Hazel V. Carby (pictured below) is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies Yale University and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. She is the author of Imperial Intimacies, A Tale of Two Islands (Verso, 2019) selected as one of the “Books of the Year for 2019,” by the Times Literary Supplement. Winner of the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, 2020. Finalist John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, ASA, 2020. Shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize, 2020. Imperial Intimacies is a history of British empire, told through one woman’s search through generations of family stories. It moves between Jamaican plantations, the countryside of Devon, the port cities of Bristol, Cardiff and Kingston, and the working-class estates of South London. It is an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands. It charts the British empire’s interweaving of capital and bodies, public language and private feeling. Author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America (1999); Race Men (1998); Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist (1987); Hazel Carby is also a co-author of The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain (1982). In 2019 Hazel Carby was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Wesleyan University and the Stuart Hall Outstanding Mentor Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. In 2016 she received the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American Literature, awarded by the Modern Language Association. Recent articles:
“Peine forte et dure: Punishment by Pressing,” London Review of Books 30 July 2020: 10. “Safe? At Home? Feminist Review, 06 July 2020 "A war half won,” The Guardian (Weekend) 16 November 2019, pp. 62-63 “Black Futurities,” forthcoming Invisible Culture, 31, Fall 2020
“The National Archives,” forthcoming Invisible Culture, 31, Fall 2020

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