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This keynote lecture will address the following topic: Black Male Studies argues that the purpose of racism is to lessen the demographic presence and social capital of oppressed groups through the oppression and lethal extermination of racialized males. This thesis, supported by multiple evidence-based accounts, is met with hostility in philosophy and other humanist sciences despite its empirical basis. If patriarchy and racism are directed toward eliminating racialized males, could race and gender theory as currently conceptualized survive?
Speaker: Tommy J. Curry is a Professor of Philosophy and holds a Personal Chair of Africana Philosophy and Black Male Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are 19th-century ethnology, Critical Race Theory & Black Male Studies. He is the author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (Temple University Press 2017), which won the 2018 American Book Award, as well as the author of Another White Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce’s Quest for a Philosophy of Racial Empire (SUNY Press 2018), which recently won the 2020 Josiah Royce Prize in American Idealist Thought. His research explores anti-Black racism, anti-colonial resistance, and the sexual vulnerability of Black males throughout Western societies.
This event is free and open to the public.