Paul Gilroy "The Value of Antiracism”
Departmental Seminar Series features Paul Gilroy, Professor of American and English Literature, Kings College London.
The seminar is followed by informal gathering, at which refreshments are served. All are welcome!
Copyright: Kings College London
Described as one of the most intellectually formidable cultural and social theorists of our time, Paul Gilroy has reshaped debates on racism, nationalism and multiculturalism.
A Professor of American and English Literature who has taught at King's College London since 2012, Gilroy takes a wide-ranging approach to address areas of scholarly interests. His work includes post colonial studies, post imperial melancholia and the emplotment of English victimage; the literature and cultural politics of European decolonisation; African American intellectual and cultural history, literature and philosophy; the formation and reproduction of national identity especially with regard to race and “identity”; the literary and theoretical significance of port cities and pelagics.
Gilroy's theories of race, racism and culture were influential in shaping the cultural and political movement of black British people during the 1990s. His highly influential publications include “There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack” (1987), a study of the discourse of 'race' and the practice of racism in British politics and society. “The Black Atlantic: modernity and double consciousness” (1993) introduces the idea of “double consciousness” as a means of negotiating being “both European and black” and marks a turning point in the study of diasporas.
In 2014 Gilroy was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social Sciences.