Event Date: 3 May 2012
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX
Race in the Birth of the Human Science
Professor Lewis Gordon (Temple): Race in the Birth of the Human Sciences
Modern thought developed a dissociative relationship to the study of race, and contemporary thought has largely taken that neurosis to the point of systemic denial, where many intellectuals could paradoxically only talk about race through, in effect, refusing to do so. The speaker will offer a portrait of how race and human science are two sides of the same coin and outline the varieties of challenges they pose to contemporary thought, especially of the scientific and political kinds.
Introduction by Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (Birkbeck) .