Is race and racism historically global? How are they understood and deployed in Central and Eastern Europe? How is the idea of race related to nation-building and national identity in the region? In what ways are ideas of race linked to the ideas of White supremacy?
Our speakers will address these and other questions.
Date: 15th August 2020
Time: 17:00 PM (GMT), 18:00 PM (CET)
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  • Marius Turda – Professor in 20th Century Central and Eastern European Biomedicine at Oxford Brookes University. He was the founding Director of the Cantemir Institute at the University of Oxford and the Working Group in the History of Race and Eugenics established at Oxford Brookes University. He is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Fellow of the Galton Institute. His publications include: Religion, Evolution and Heredity (2019); Historicizing Race (with Maria Sophia Quine, 2018); The History of Eugenics in East-Central Europe (2016, 2018); Eugenics and Nation in Early 20th Century Hungary (2014); and Modernism and Eugenics (2010).
  • Aniko Imre – Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, US. She has published and lectured widely on media globalization, television, (post)socialism, gender and sexuality, race and postcoloniality. She is the author, among many other publications, of the monographs TV Socialism (2016) and Identity Games: Globalization and the Transformation of Post-Communist Media Cultures (2009); and the articles “Whiteness in post-socialist Eastern Europe: The time of the Gypsies, the end of race” (2015); and “Postcolonial media studies in postsocialist Europe” (2014).
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang – Assistant Professor of Slavic and East European Studies and Director of European Studies at the University of Cincinnati, US. Her work challenges conventional ideas of race and racialization in the Balkans and connects the region to broad trends in European Studies. She is the co-author of Roma Rights and Civil Rights: A Transatlantic Comparison (2020) and co-editor of Chinese Migrants in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (2011). She is currently finishing a book project that traces the uses of “blackness” and racial discourse in the Balkans.
  • Ian Law – Emeritus Professor of Racism and Ethnicity Studies at the University of Leeds, UK and an Honorary Professor at Nelson Mandela University, SA. He is an authority on global racism studies, building on the long tradition of critical race theory from W.E.B. Du Bois onwards. He is the author of many books on race and racism including Red Racisms, racism in communist and post-communist contexts. Mapping Global Racisms (2012) and co-author of Racism, Postcolonialism, Europe (2009). He is the Editor of the Mapping Global Racisms Series at Palgrave.
Moderator: Dr Bolaji Balogun, Leverhulme Trust Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK
Introduction by: Asst Prof Konrad Pędziwiatr, Multiculturalism and Migration Observatory, Cracow University of Economics, Poland.
Please log in on Zoom 5 minutes before the start of the event and submit your questions to the speakers via the chat feature. The moderator will put some of the questions to the speakers during the Q&A section.
Supported by: Leverhulme Trust, The University Of Sheffield, The Multiculturalism & Migration Observatory