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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - ‘Race’ and emergence: thinking ‘race’ as the ‘yet-to-come’

3rd November 2014, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Dr Andrew Baldwin (Durham University)

This seminar will be used as an occasion to pose the notion of emergence in relation to the concept of ‘race’. The seminar will trace out how ‘race’ is most commonly conceived in the social sciences as a socially constructed category in which difference is said to be ‘different from’. This seminar will suggest that while this style of critique - ‘race’ as a social construction - remains dominant in the social sciences as a means for understanding contemporary racialisation, it is nevertheless inadequate for conceptualising difference in the Anthropocene. Instead, the seminar seeks to understand whether the concept of emergence – an ontology of difference in the making – might be useful for identifying how new forms of racial difference and attendant forms of racial violence find expression in the Anthropocene.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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