The Humanities and Current Reparations Debates

Arts 224 (Danford Room)
Monday 13 June 2022 (14:00-15:30)

Dr Shirley Ye:

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Speaker: Professor Kris Manjapra

Kris Manjapra's visit in 2022 is supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

What is the scope of reparative history, and of activism focused on reparations for slavery amidst the unfolding instabilities of the 21st century?  This talk surveys the theories and the diverse practices of Black reparations struggle across sites in Europe and the Americas, and reflects on the role of the Humanities in prompting reflection on and amends about unredressed historical crimes.

Speaker biography

 Kris Manjapra, Professor of History at Tufts University (Boston, USA) works at the intersection of comparative global history and the critical study of race and colonialism.  He aims to break down disciplinary boundaries and explode the walls separating the university from larger and more diverse communities.  He is the founder of a site-based nonprofit, Black History in Action, dedicated to the restoration and reactivation of a Black cultural heritage center in Cambridge, MA.  Kris also co-organizes a free online community certificate course, entitled Black Futures Matter, serving people’s assemblies across the US and the Caribbean. 


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