Centring Race in History: Antiquity to the Present

Online Conference

23-25 November 2020


International Centre on Racism, Edge Hill University, UK.

MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism magazine, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy (EUI).

Department of History & Civilization, EUI.

What should be the place of race in historiography and historical practice? The last few decades have witnessed a flowering of the historical study of race. Yet most of this scholarship has been confined to late modern colonial, global, and postcolonial histories, with little interest from other fields. In medieval and early modern studies, the bulk of writing on race has been produced by those working in literature rather than history. And if we look to the big treatments of history that have been growing in popularity in the profession and the book trade in recent years, race barely features.

The aim of our conference is to confront this marginalization of race in history, and to consider how we can centre race in our discipline: theoretically, methodologically, and empirically. We are interested in submissions concerning every period of human history, and all fields in our discipline.

The conference will begin at 15.00 CET each day to facilitate participation from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Conference Keynotes

‘Allegedly Race: Rethinking the Political History of Early Mesopotamia’: Professor Xianhua Wang, Shanghai International Studies University, China.

‘The Politics of Race in the European Middle Ages’: Professor Geraldine Heng, University of Texas at Austin, USA.

‘Racism Before Racialized Capitalism’: Professor Satnam Virdee, University of Glasgow, UK, who will deliver the inaugural PKC Millins Lecture.

‘Archives of Black Life and Histories of State Violence in Britain’: Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry, Director, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, De Montfort University, UK.

Please submit paper proposals of c. 250 words and biographies of c. 150 words by 23 October 2020 to icr@edgehill.ac.uk and monica.gonzalezcorrea@eui.eu

Steering Committee:

Monica Gonzalez-Correa, MONITORacism, EUI & ICR.

Professor Lucy Riall, EUI.

Dr Jenny Barrett, ICR.

Dr Harith bin Ramli, ICR.

Professor James Renton, ICR.

Image: “Bust of Herodotus. 2nd century AD. Roman copy after a Greek original.” Ancient Agora Museum, Athens. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto. Wikimedia Commons

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