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Sunday, July 5 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Race, class, and power: Are Marxism and Critical Race Theory Compatible?

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Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a prominent academic approach that foregrounds race and racism in discussions of law, culture, and society.  Over the years, CRT (and postcolonial) scholars have differed sharply with Marxists over how we ought to understand the relationship of racism and capitalism.  This panel asks: what is the nature of this historic divide, and can it be overcome?  The speakers will offer an outline of the various approaches in CRT/postcolonialism, consider the challenges, and explore the possibilities for more unified approaches to constructively advance our understanding of Marxism, racism, and capitalism.

Speakers
avatar for Abbie Bakan

Abbie Bakan

Abbie Bakan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Justice in Education (SJE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. She is co-editor (with Enakshi Dua) of Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories.  Other publications include: Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System (with Daiva K. Stasiulis); and Critical... Read More →
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Pranav Jani

Pranav Jani is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University. His research and teaching is in postcolonial and ethnic studies, especially writing from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. His book Decentering Rushdie (2010) offers a new account of post-independence Indian novels in English, challenging the postmodernist theories and methods that have dominated this field of study. Pranav's work on Marxism, postcolonial... Read More →


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
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