Becoming White

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 5:00pm
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Drawn from Imperial Intimacies, A Tale of Two Islands, the lecture will discuss how Professor Hazel Carby employed the insights of Stuart Hall into the nature of identities “as stories we tell ourselves,” and systems of recognition that we adopt, to trace the role of visual culture in creation of British imperial subjects and subjectivity.

Hazel V. Carby HonFLSW, FRSA, is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies Yale University and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.  She is currently a Visiting Research Professor & Humanities Institute Faculty at Dartmouth College.

She is the author of Imperial IntimaciesA Tale of Two Islands (Verso, 2019) selected as one of the “Books of the Year for 2019,” by the Times Literary Supplement.  Winner of the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, 2020.

Finalist John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, ASA, 2020.

Highly Commended PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize, 2020.

Author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America (1999); Race Men (1998); Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist (1987); Hazel Carby is also a co-author of The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain (1982).

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