In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in the summer of 2020 and the protests that followed, academics across the social scientists have been forced to scrutinize their own biases and racism with their own disciplines and institutions. In the context of Black History Month in the United States, the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre is seeking to explore how race is dealt with across three distinct disciplines.
Both fields in social sciences and humanities have long suffered from being largely founded on Eurocentric understandings of the world that often paper over colonial legacies, legacies of the slave trade and racism, and that neglect insights and contributions from the non-Western world. This has led to campaigns to decolonize the university and decolonize the curriculum. In this panel, we have experts from Political Science, Economics and English that will address how these problems manifest themselves in their own field and the movements in the fields that aim to address the disciplines’ shortcomings.
- Professor Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement
- Professor Darrick Hamilton, Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy and a University Professor and the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy at The New School. Considered one of the nation’s foremost scholars, economists and public intellectuals, Hamilton’s accomplishments include recently being profiled in the New York Times, Mother Jones magazine and the Wall Street Journal and being featured in Politico Magazine’s 2017 50 Ideas Shaping American Politics and the People Behind Them issue. He is also a member of the Marguerite Casey Foundation in partnership with the Group Health Foundation’s inaugural class of Freedom Scholars.
- Professor Robbie Shilliam, Professor in the Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, US. Shilliam’s expertise includes the political and intellectual complicities of colonialism and race in the global order. More specifically, he is working on a re-reading of classical political economy through its intimate relationship to Atlantic slavery, a retrieval of Ethiopianism as a critical orientation towards global order, and South-South anti-colonial connections. His book Decolonizing Politics will be released in 2021.
- Dr Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe, Founder and President of Women’s Institute for Science, Equity, and Race (WISER), US. Sharpe’s expertise includes gender and racial inequality, representation and diversity in economics and STEM, and the demography of higher education. She is also the co-editor of the Review of Black Political Economy.
- Professor Henrice Altink, Department of History, University of York
- Dr Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven, Department of Politics, University of York
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