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Race and development: What's so unsettling? ROUNDTABLE 2: Racial capitalism, imperialism and development  
Robtel Neajai Pailey (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Kalpana Wilson (Birkbeck, University of London)
Kamna Patel (University College London)
Althea-Maria Rivas (SOAS)
Jenna Marshall (University of Kassel)
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Keston Perry (University of the West of England)
Firoze Manji (Carleton University)
Gargi Bhattacharyya (University of East London)
Zoé Samudzi (University of California, San Francisco)
Decolonial and anti-racist perspectives
Start time:
29 June, 2021 at 15:15 (UTC+1)
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Short Abstract:

The Race and Development Working Group is pleased to facilitate a three-part Roundtable Series on the nexus between race and development, with particular emphasis on racialised ways of knowing development; racial capitalism, imperialism and development; race, racism and the everyday in development.

Long Abstract

Almost a century has passed since W.E.B. Du Bois (1925) wrote about the global 'colour-line' and nearly 50 years since Guyanese Marxist scholar and activist Walter Rodney (1972) wrote How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, explaining how the whole edifice of European capitalism was built upon the profits of Atlantic slavery and colonialism.

Mapping the inextricable relationship between race and capital and what this means for development is an urgent imperative. Extensive scholarship—including though not limited to Cedric J. Robinson's (1983) seminal work on 'racial capitalism'—has theorised the interdependencies of race, capital and imperialism in which development remains embedded. Yet much discussion of racism in development continues to exclude questions of both the materiality and globality of race from its purview.

In Roundtable 2 of the Race and Development Roundtable Series, we will address these provocations:

1) Can racism embedded 'in' development be unsettled and challenged without simultaneously exposing the racism 'of' development? 

2) How do we analyse racialised processes of extractivism, accumulation by dispossession, and climate injustice which the development complex continues to extend and facilitate?

3) How do we think through the notion of 'unsettling' development in the context of historical and ongoing settler colonialism(s)? 

4) How do we trace 'racial capitalism' as simultaneously embedded in particular social formations and operating at a global level?

5) How is development 'unsettled' within contemporary abolitionist, reparationist and revolutionary anti-imperialist movements?