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Whatever Happened to the Idea of Imperialism

18th May 2016, 10am to 7pm


From the writings of Lenin and Luxemburg to the global guerrilla activity of Che Guevara, to the Black Power of the Black Panthers and the Third World’s plan for a New International Economic Order, the idea of imperialism and politics of anti-imperialism were a mainstay of academic and political vernacular throughout most of the twentieth century. As we enter the twenty first century the idea of imperialism has seemingly disappeared, lost in the hubris of neo-liberalism and the idea that there is no alternative. This symposium aims to rearticulate the idea of imperialism for the twenty first century through examining different theories and sites of imperialism. This will see the day journey through the theoretical narratives of Marxism, De-colonial and Post-Colonial theory and visit people, places and politics in the Caribbean, Kashmir, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.

The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Vijay Prashad, historian of the Global South, who will attempt to provide a clearer picture on what exactly has happened to the idea of Imperialism? And, moreover, how we might go about recovering the idea of imperialism and anti-imperialism in the twenty first century.

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Provisional Programme

10: 15am – Welcome– Dr John Narayan (University of Warwick)

10:30 – 12:30pm – Paper Session 1 (Social Sciences Building SO.21)

'Speculative Notes on Sovereignty via Post and Decoloniality'
Dr Goldie Osuri (University of Warwick)

'1.5 to Stay Alive: Climate-Debt, Reparations and Justice in the Caribbean’
Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins (University of Warwick)

'Gendering Imperialism in the Middle East'
Dr Nicola Pratt (University of Warwick)

12:30 – 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30 – 3:00pm – Paper Session 2 (Social Sciences Building SO.21)

'Marx ahead of Lenin: the current relevance of Marx's theory of imperialism’
Dr Lucia Pradella (Kings College London)

‘The Racialized Outsider within the Imperial Metropolis: their Theoretical and Historical significance’
Professor Satnam Virdee (University of Glasgow)

3.15 -4.45 pm - Paper Session 3 (Social Sciences Building SO.21)

‘The Indigenization of Anti-Imperialism in Latin America’
Dr Franciso Dominguez (Middlesex University)

'Spectres of imperialism: China and the new scramble for Africa’
Professor Marcus Power (Durham University)

5:15-7pm- Keynote Lecture (Humanities Building H0.52)

Professor Vijay Prashad (Trinity College, US)

Chair: Dr John Narayan (University of Warwick)