International Black Radicalism [2018-2019]

Alternate Wednesdays 12.00-14.00 in Term time

CRASSH, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building


About

When Martin Luther King Jr. claimed ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’ he summarised the epistemology of ‘black radicalism’. From 19th century abolitionist thinkers, through to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, black radicalism is a theory arguing that the emancipation of black people is a transnational project.

Our CRASSH research group will develop understandings of black radicalism in two ways. Firstly, we will highlight how black radicalism has transcended national and disciplinary borders. Thus, we will examine how black radicals often developed and disseminated their theories upon travelling to different nations. Such transnational travelling was key to the ‘internationalism’ of black radicalism, stressing that struggle against racial injustice must be a globalised struggle.  Secondly, we will focus on black radicalism’s historical development, questioning whether contemporary exponents of black radicalism are better or worse placed to perform its ‘internationalism’ in a digital age.



Administrative assistance: Networks@crassh.cam.ac.uk

Convenors

Convenors

Daphne Martschenko  (Holds a PhD, Faculty of Education)
Ali Meghji  (Sociology Junior Research Fellow, Sidney Sussex College)
Anna Nti-Asare-Tubbs (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology)
Rachel Sanchez-Rivera  (PhD Candidate, Centre of Lation American Studies)
Tanisha Spratt  (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology)
Sharon Walker, (PhD Candidate, Department of Education)

 

 

Daphne Martschenko holds a PhD from the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her scholarship explores the social and ethical dilemmas of behavioural genetics research for the American education system, focusing in particular on how it engages with teacher perceptions of intelligence, race, and socioeconomic status.

 

 

 

Ali Meghji is a Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, and will join the Department of Sociology as Lecturer in Social Inequalities in September, 2019. He is a cultural, critical race sociologist of race and class.


Rachell Sanchez Rivera is a PhD candidate in the Centre of Latin American Studies, specializing in gender, race and eugenics in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before starting her PhD in Cambridge, she did her B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and a M.A. in Regional Studies – Latin America and the Caribbean from Columbia University in the City of New York.

 


Tanisha Spratt is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. Her research centres questions of (in)visibility in the lives of US patients with one of two chronic diseases (alkaptonuria and vitiligo). Specifically, she explores the role that social (in)visibility plays in the lives of patients from both disease groups who experience their disease in relation to other social identities that they simultaneously occupy (including race, class and gender)
 

 

 

Sharon Walker is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on race and educational policy in the UK, and in particular the widening participation policy agenda in higher education.


 

Faculty Advisors

Dr Monica Moreno Figueroa (Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology)
Dr Adam Branch (University Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Director of the Cambridge Centre of African Studies)

Programme 2018-19

 

International Black Radicalism
The Past and Present of Black Radicalism
03 October 2018, Seminar Room S1, 1st Floor Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road. NB Different room today*

Reading session - International Black Radicalism 

The Black Jacobins and the Haitian Revolution
17 October 2018, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Brian Alleyne (Goldsmiths) - International Black Radicalism 

The Caribbean, Feminist Roots of Black Radicalism
31 October 2018, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading session - International Black Radicalism

Film screening TODAY. (Postponed Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century)
14 November 2018, Seminar Room, SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Black panthers documentary - International Black Radicalism

The Role of the Pan-African Congress in International Civil Rights Struggles
14 November 2018, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Documentary and discussion - International Black Radicalism 

Pan-Africanism: A History
28 November 2018, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Hakim Adi (Chichester) - International Black Radicalism

Performing Black Radicalism in a Colourblind World
16 January 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Rachell Sanchez Rivera (Cambridge) - International Black Radicalism

An Exception to Colourblindness: Black Consciousness in Apartheid South Africa.
30 January 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading group - International Black Radicalism

International Black Radicalism in International Music
13 February 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Discussion - International Black Radicalism

The Suppression of Black Radicalism: In Memory of Marielle Franco
27 February 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Film screening and discussion - International Black Radicalism 

Black Radicalism in the Digital Age
08 May 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading group

Journey to Justice (JtoJ) – The Local and The Global of Black Radicalism
22 May 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Carrie Supple and Mark Hutchinson (JtoJ)- Workshop

CANCELLED Black Mapping
05 June 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Rob Waters (Birmingham)