Author: Alana Lentin

Racial Capitalism II: Race/Class

Continuing our focus on racial capitalism, Understanding Race discussed the relationship between race and class with a focus on Race and the Undeserving Poor by Robbie Shilliam. Using the book Futures of Black Radicalism, and in particular the chapter by Nikhil Pal Singh, we explored the…

Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism

This is the text from this week’s lecture on Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric Robinson. The presentation focuses on Chapter I of the book and some sections of Part II dealing with the invention of ‘The Negro’. This is the merge…

Colonial Possession, Postcolonialism and Whiteness Studies

This week in Understanding Race, we are continuing our conversation of race, coloniality and property which began last week with a primary focus on the work of Cheryl Harris, in her seminal essay Whiteness as Property, and Patrick Wolfe’s discussion of the formation of race in…

The Power to Undo

W.E.B Du Bois’ famous question, ‘How Does it Feel to be a Problem?’ has long underpinned explorations of race as a lived experience. A similar question drives Frantz Fanon querying in Black Skin, White Masks. The answer given by Du Bois sheds light on the fact that…

Understanding Race 2019 Syllabus

You can You can download the syllabus for Understanding Race 2019 here.. Readings are contained in the folder and check back here for blogposts

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Racism and the Media

I spoke to Reema Rattan at Radio 3CR about racism and the media, with a particular focus on my article, ‘Racism in Public or Public Racism‘. You can listen to the podcast here.

Understanding Race 2019

Last year, the course I run at Western Sydney University as part of the Masters of Research degree, ‘Understanding Race’, was well received among a wide range of people because I posted the readings and the blogposts I wrote weekly online. This year, I am running it again…

Slam at the Sydney Film Festival

Slam, the latest movie by my partner, writer-director Partho Sen-Gupta, is playing at the Sydney Film Festival on June 15 & 16 2019. Described by Rough Cut as, ‘upend[ing] the anodyne images that dominate Australian cinema’ and named in Dirty Movies top ten films of 2018,…

What’s going on with white supremacy?

I chatted to the excellent people at Radio 3CR Tuesday Breakfast on April 30 about the rise of white supremacism in Australia and elsewhere following the antisemitic, white supremacist attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego which resulted in one death on April 27.…