Not So Black and White w/ Kenan Malik
Join Kenan Malik for a talk on the limits of identity politics as he shares thoughts from his latest book- Not So Black and White – which provides a powerful new history of the idea of race. In his lecture, Malik will explain the real origins of ‘race’ in Western thought, tracing its path from those beginnings in the Enlightenment all the way to our own fractious world.
This lecture forms part of Liverpool Hope University’s Distinguished Lecture Series 2023/24. Refreshments will be served from 5pm before the lecture begins at 5.30pm.
About the book
A powerful new history of the idea of race, forcing us to rethink today’s culture wars.
Is white privilege real? How racist is the working class? Why has left-wing antisemitism grown? Who benefits most when anti-racists speak in racial terms?
The ‘culture wars’ have generated ferocious argument, but little clarity. This book takes the long view, explaining the real origins of ‘race’ in Western thought, and tracing its path from those beginnings in the Enlightenment all the way to our own fractious world. In doing so, leading thinker Kenan Malik upends many assumptions underpinning today’s heated debates around race, culture, whiteness and privilege.
Malik interweaves this history of ideas with a parallel narrative: the story of the modern West’s long, failed struggle to escape ideas of race, leaving us with a world riven by identity politics. Through these accounts, he challenges received wisdom, revealing the forgotten history of a racialised working class, and questioning fashionable concepts like cultural appropriation.
Not So Black and White is both a lucid history rewriting the story of race, and an elegant polemic making an anti-racist case against the politics of identity.
About the author
Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer, broadcaster and columnist for the Observer. He is a former panellist on Moral Maze and has presented BBC Radio 3’s ‘Nightwaves’ and Radio 4’s ‘Analysis’. His books include The Quest for a Moral Compass and From Fatwa to Jihad, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize.RSVP