SOAS University of London

Kehinde Andrews to speak at SOAS on the Global Politics of Black radicalism

9 November 2018

SOAS University of London’s Department of Development Studies will be hosting Dr Kehinde Andrews for a seminar on Black radicalism.

Kehinde Andrews is Associate Professor in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University. In 2013, Dr Andrews published his first book Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement. He is now director of the Centre for Critical Social Research, founder of the Organisation of Black Unity, and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.

Dr Andrews was previously a lecturer in Working with Children, Young People and Families; and Criminology at Newman University. He completed his PhD in Sociology and Cultural Studies entitled ‘Back to Black: Black Radicalism and the Black Supplementary School Movement’ at the University of Birmingham.

Professor Andrews is regularly writes for The Guardian and is a major contributor to the public discussion on diversity in the curriculum.

Black radicalism is one of the most misunderstood political philosophies that exist. Conflated with extremism, narrow versions of nationalism and misogynistic organisations, it has largely been dismissed or overlooked as the ‘evil twin on the civil rights movement’.

This talk will recover the legacy of Black radicalism, outlining a tradition that provides a revolutionary alternative to the status quo. Calls for the Black Revolution challenge some of the central premises of development studies, demanding a route to liberation for Africa and her diaspora.

‘Black Revolution: The Global Politics of Black Radicalism’ will be held on 13 November from 5pm. For further information, visit the event page.

This event is part of the Development Studies seminar series which take place weekly with speakers representing the full range of development-related disciplines including economics, political science, anthropology, sociology and history. Speakers this year include Professor Barbara Harriss-White (Oxford) who will be discussing ‘The Wild East: India’s Criminal Economy and Politics’ Dr Jessica Whyte (University of Western Sydney) on ‘The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism’ among others.

More information is available on the SOAS website seminar series page.