Catherine Hall will be giving the 2022 Eric Hobsbawm memorial lecture at Birkbeck, University of London on Racial capitalism. What’s in a name?
When: 10 February 2022 at 18:00-19:30
Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre (at Birkbeck, University of London)
‘Racial capitalism’ is a term that is being increasingly used in an effort to capture the organic connections between these two interrelated but different systems that continue to dominate the modern world. This talk will argue for the need for temporal and spatial specificities in trying to untangle what constitutes the workings of ‘racial capitalism’. Taking the example of 18th century Jamaica it will explore the relation between the plantation economy, the imperial framework within which it operated, constructions of whiteness and hereditary racial slavery. Where, how, and by whom was wealth created? Who accumulated it?
The lecture will be free but booking is essential.
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The event will also be live streamed: the details will be posted on that page in due course.