Robinson session 2: The Black Radical Tradition

Thursday 30th November | 5:30 – 7:00pm | The Alumni Room (School of English)

For this session, we will begin to explore Cedric Robinson’s notion of the Black Radical Tradition, which Robinson argues is that which is formed out of the rejection of racial capitalism as an “unacceptable” (p.28) value for life. Robinson spoke about writing and teaching Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition backwards, and it is in this spirit that we suggest Chapter 7 as a great introduction to this concept, condensed to a couple of pages. If you want to understand Robinson’s full reasoning and historical analysis, you can also extend this by reading Chapter 6. Please read however much you have time for. In these chapters, Robinson focuses not on the major intellectual figures Black Marxism is usually associated with, but rather on a long tradition of anticolonial movements which produce from within their struggle different modes of being and producing knowledge.

Everyone (at whatever level of study & whether enrolled at the University or not)  is welcome, and no prior familiarity with Robinson’s work or related areas is necessary. Each session will be stand-alone so feel free to drop in at any point in the year.  

The meeting will be held in the alumni room in the School of English 

(Floor 1, House 10 Cavendish Road - -  

School of English | AccessAble

on Thursday 30th November between 5:30-7:00pm, followed by a pub social. 

Please do let us know if you have any questions, concerns or access requirements at 


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