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Rex Nettleford Lecture on Colonialism and its Legacies 2024

Paul Gilroy, Professor of Humanities at UCL and founding director of the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the study of racism and racialisation, will deliver the annual Rex Nettleford Lecture on Thursday 16 May 2024. On the subject of “The Evolving Political Significance of Studying Africa’s diaspora”.

The lecture, named in honour of former Honorary Fellow and Orielensis Professor Rex Nettleford, former Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, is intended to contribute to the advancement of academic research into the legacies of colonialism in all its forms.

Following the lecture there will be a presentation for the winners of the Rex Nettleford Essay Competition, in which Year 12 students were invited to submit an essay addressing specific aspects of colonialism. 

The event is free to attend, and everyone is welcome. We recommend attendees book a space via our online booking form.

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Professor Paul Gilroy

Professor Gilroy is the Founding Director of the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism & Racialisation, and Professor of Humanities at UCL. Paul is one of the foremost theorists of race and racism working and teaching in the world today. Author of foundational and highly influential books such as There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack (1987), The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993), Against Race (2000), Postcolonial Melancholia (2005) and Darker Than Blue (2010) alongside numerous key articles, essays and critical interventions.

Winner of the Holberg Prize (2019), which is given to a person who has made outstanding contributions to research in the arts, humanities, social science, the law or theology, Professor Gilroy was described by the awarding committee as ‘one of the most challenging and inventive figures in contemporary scholarship’.