Grey

My destiny was not an island Nor girt-bound now I was trapped by grey horizons I am caged by yellow The grey of pavements beckons There is blood in their pulse The yellow of sun on sandstone Is not mine to love

The scholars, scholarship and scholarly histories denied

This is the fourth blog post in my Race Critical and Decolonial Sociology series for my course at The New School Department of Sociology in Spring 2017. This week we are beginning to discuss books, mainly new works, in race critical studies. The rest of the…

On relationality in race research

This is the third contribution to the Race Critical and Decolonial Sociology blog series. In it I look at the argument advanced  by David Theo Goldberg (2009) that a relational approach to the study of race and racism reveals more than a comparativist approach does. I…

Decolonising epistemologies

The second post in the Race Critical and Decolonial Sociology blog series is a round-up of some of the central debates in postcolonial and decolonial thinking about epistemology. The class had a very interesting discussion where for example the historicity of Ramon Grosfoguel’s timeline was interrogated.…

Reflections on Black Study, Black Struggle

This is the first in a series of posts for my graduate course, Race Critical and Decolonial Sociology offered during my Hans Speier Visiting Professorship at The New School in New York (Spring 2017). See the syllabus here. In Session 2, we discussed Robin D.G. Kelley’s…

Race Critical and Decolonial Sociology Syllabus

Race Critical and decolonial sociology is premised on the idea that to understand politics in western modernity requires placing race and coloniality central to analyses. The course will therefore be grounded in political sociological, theoretical and historical sociological readings of race, racism, imperialism, colonialism, slavery, genocide,…

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Race and Resistance Syllabus

This is a provisional syllabus for my undergraduate course at The New School, Spring 2017. Overview of substantive topics Part I: Roots ⊗    Situating race ⊗    What is race? ⊗    Race and experience ⊗    Race and state ⊗    Race and Europeanness ⊗    Race, settler colonialism, and…

Digital Antiracisms Website

Justine Humphry and I have launched a new website for our work on digital antiracisms. Please visit to stay abreast of events, publications and other initiatives including the recent visit tp Sydney of Jessie Daniels, author of White Lies and Cyber Racism. Save

Antiracism apps and the impact on race and embodiment

Race and embodiment in antiracism apps from Alana Lentin on Vimeo. I gave a talk at the 10th Somatechnics Conference – Technicity, Temporality, Embodiment – at Byron Bay, 1-3 December 2016 on the antiracism apps project I am co-researching with Justine Humphry. You can listen here.

11 mistakes

Flowers on the doormat Bell rung Footsteps on chill steps No one. ‘You didn’t thank me for the flowers’ Didn’t know you’d brought some The first mistake No. The first mistake was crouching down for words Craning to hear Whizzbangs Rattles spun Above heads Amid flags…