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Racial Capitalism, the Pandemic & the Climate Crisis

The 2021 Social Theory Centre’s Distinguished Speaker Series event

pandemic & climate change

Racial Capitalism, the Pandemic & the Climate Crisis:

Dangerous Tactics of Differential Survival

A Public Lecture with Professor Gargi Bhattacharya


and a conversation with Dr. Sivamohan Valluvan

Professor Bhattacharyya's body of work has consistently interlinked class, race, sexuality, and gender in relation to systems of capitalist power structures (globalisation, the war on terror, and neoliberalism). As an activist-scholar, Professor Bhattacharyya has interwoven the intensities of scholarly analysis with activism, key to addressing interconnected conditions of oppression. She continually inspires and participates in the resistant energies of collective struggle.

Her latest book, Rethinking Racial Capitalism: Questions of Reproduction and Survival (Rowman and Littlefield 2018) expands on Professor Cedric Robinson’s brilliant insights in Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (1983) by addressing crucial questions regarding the operations of racialised capitalism in the present. The conversation will explore these questions in relation to the differential experiences of the pandemic and the climate crisis.

Please click on these links below for recordings

2021 Annual Public Lecture by Professor Gargi Bhattacharya

as well as the lively conversation with Dr. Sivamohan Valluvan and the interactive Q&A with the audience.


Gargi Bhattacharyya is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, UK. They have widely published in the fields of racisms, sexuality, globalisation, and more recently on austerity, racism and racial capitalism. Their most recent co-authored book is Empire's Endgame (Pluto Press, 2021).

A comprehensive list of her publications is available at their staff page at the University of East London.

Sivamohan Vallluvan is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. Their ongoing research areas focus on the rise of a contemporary nationalism that traverses a range of ideological and cultural repertoires – a project that culminated in the 2019 monograph, The Clamour of Nationalism (Manchester University Press). This has been complemented by a British Academy funded research project aimed at critically unpacking and challenging recent invocations of a ‘Left Behind’ in much public analysis.

A Public Lecture & Conversation
June 16, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

The interactive morning session with Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya involved a discussion of the arguments and theses of Rethinking Racial Capitalism
June 16, 11 am - 1 pm.

interactive class