Race, Rights and Sovereignty: a lecture by Dr Karen Salt
Students' Association

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The GSA Public Lecture


Reid Auditorium, Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RF


3 Nov 2016
18:00 - 19:00



Dr Karen Salt
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Race, Rights and Sovereignty: a lecture by Dr Karen Salt

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Race, Rights and Sovereignty
A lecture by Dr Karen Salt

Thurs 3 Nov 2016, 6pm
Reid Auditorium

More lectures in the 'Race, Rights and Sovereignty' series:
Dr. Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan

Hosted by The Students' Association in association with The GSA Public Lecture series

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In recent years, students and staff across the UK have demanded changes to curricula. Many want to see more representation of the diverse history of life in the United Kingdom and within the territories that it claimed--at times--violently. These conversations about recovery and inclusion have produced different results. Some higher education institutions have brought in new courses, modules and even programmes. Others have pushed against change. In all of these encounters, what is at stake is more than merely adding certain voices to canons or histories, but redrawing what counts as stories--in essence, who's narrative matters.

In this talk, Dr Salt traces this moment and offers up three possible ways forward. Within each future scenario, Dr Salt asks 'what race has to do with it', whose rights are being explored, and importantly, how sovereignty--and power--informs who gets to tell their stories and who listens to them.

Dr Karen Salt co-Directs the Centre for Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham, where she also proudly leads Europe’s first-ever Black studies PhD programme. A significant portion of her work investigates how black nation-states, such as Haiti and Liberia, have claimed independence, demanded political recognition and fought for their continued sovereignty in a highly racialised world. Years of considering the impact of racial and political discourses in the Atlantic world has led to a broader interest in the ways global minority communities marshal their collective power and participate in local, national and international governance structures.  A sought-after national and international speaker on race and rights, Dr Salt participates in and co-leads a number of initiatives centred on racial and social justice.