The West, 2019: an explosion of racism. Politics lies in the grip of the far-right, and racist ideas are mainstream. Governments target the world’s Muslims in a global surveillance system, and political elites in parts of the West speak directly or in code about Jewish conspiracy. At the same time, however, much of the world system protests against antisemitism, and a majority claim to be anti-racist.
In his inaugural lecture, Professor James Renton will argue that such a confused picture is not new in modern history; race and racism ebb and flow in the corridors of power across the centuries, or so it seems, and contradictory ideas abound. This state of flux, he will contend, is not only a persistent theme; it is the key to explaining how race works in the institutional mind of global politics.
Professor Renton is a historian of antisemitism and Islamophobia, empire and global politics. He has a keen interest in bridging the gap between academic research, policy makers and wider society, and has featured in international media including BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera International, Ha’artez and the Yesterday Channel. Director of Edge Hill’s new International Centre on Racism, Professor Renton is also Academic Advisor at MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism at the European University Institute.
5:30pm – Registration and refreshments
6:00pm – Lecture
7:00pm – Q&A
7:15pm – Wine and canapés