Public seminars featuring Paul Gilroy

Paul Gilroy is one of the world's leading postcolonial intellectuals. Since the 1980s, he has offered incisive critique of both race-thinking and racism, and has broken ground in our thinking about difference.

We are pleased to announce the following two events featuring Paul Gilroy, Professor of American and English Literature, Kings College London.

The events are free of charge, no registration required.

Copyright: Kings College London

Against Race and Racism: An Open Meeting with Paul Gilroy

Tuesday 17 April at 19:00-21:00hrs. Venue: House of Literature, Wergelandssalen

Paul Gilroy in conversation with social anthropologist Sindre Bangstad, Associate Researcher at Institute For Church, Religion And Worldview Research (KIFO).

Introduction by Dr Tony Sandset, University of Oslo/UC Berkeley.

The event is supported by the Fritt Ord Foundation, and organized in collaboration between Institute for Church, Religion, and Worldview Research (KIFO), Department of Social Anthropology, Centre for Ibsen Studies, Agora Tidsskrift, and the Norwegian Centre Against Racism.

The Value of Anti-racism

Wednesday 18 April at 14:15-16:00hrs. Venue: Campus Blindern, Eilert Sundt building, sixth floor meeting room. Organizer: Department of Social Anthropology, Univ of Oslo in collaboration with Institute for Church, Religion, and Worldview Research (KIFO).

Open lecture and discussion followed by Informal gathering.


My lecture will explore what is at stake in the idea of an anti-racist politics and discuss the persistent refusal of respectable scholarship to take the problems raised by racism on board. In the light of those refusals, will try to show where anti-racist critique can now take us and discuss some of the challenging issues that envelope it today: the rise of the so called "Alt-right”, the technological transformation of the relationship between information and power, and the circulation of generic identities articulated along racial lines.

Research profile, Paul Gilroy

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.

Antirasistisk senter: Kronikk om Paul Gilroy

Sindre Bangstad: The double consciousness of Paul Gilroy

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