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Knowledge for Change

Upcoming event:

Knowledge for Change #5

Professor Ananya Roy, University of California, Los Angeles.

Title: Liberal Democracy and its Racial Others: The West in the Age of Trumpism
When? October 10th, 2018, 15.15-17.00
Where? Orkanen, D131, Malmö University, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10, Malmö.

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Abstract — Liberal Democracy and its Racial Others: The West in the Age of Trumpism:

 "The resurgence of right-wing political ideology, both in the United States and across Europe, has engendered a new examination, and defense, of liberal democracy.  In this talk, I analyse the specific formations of xenophobia, Islamophobia, and white supremacy that make up Trumpism and that are also echoed in many other political regimes around the world.  Rather than interpret Trumpism as a decisive rupture with liberalism, I foreground the colonial history of the West to demonstrate that liberal democracy has always been constituted through conceptions of the “racial other.”  The present historical conjuncture makes evident the lie of integration and urgently demands new imaginations and practices of radical humanism.  Drawing on the work of past and current freedom struggles, I outline such formations of resistance and their implications for the future of democracy." 

About Ananya Roy
Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography and Inaugural Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles where she also holds The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy. Roy’s research and scholarship has a determined focus on poverty and inequality — in the cities of the global South and North and in relation to world-systems of development and financialisation. Her book, Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge, 2010) is the recipient of the Paul Davidoff book award which recognises scholarship that advances social justice. Roy’s most recent book is titled Encountering Poverty: Thinking and Acting in an Unequal World (University of California Press, 2016).

What is Knowledge for Change?

With an ambition to strengthen the pivotal role of knowledge and science in society, Malmö University has set out to host a series of top quality seminars. With a total of six seminars, the series will highlight topics related to societal challenges. 

They will offer participants:

  • lectures by internationally top renowned keynote speakers;
  • seminars with selected researchers from Malmö University and external stakeholders; and
  • a series of articles related to the keynote topic.

In 2018, Malmö University not only celebrates its 20th Jubilee but will also be granted government funding to extensively build on its reputation within the research arena. Knowledge for Change is one of a number of visionary steps of action to strengthen science and science’s close connection to postgraduate and undergraduate education at Malmö University.

The seminars will focus on how universities can scrutinise, challenge and help find solutions for societal problems. Our ambition is to inspire cross-disciplinary discussions and cultivate relations and alliances both in and outside of academia — locally and globally. Ultimately, we aim at positioning science and universities’ roles in the development of society.

Knowledge for Change will be coordinated by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Social Work Professor at Malmö University, Tapio Salonen. Upcoming seminars, keynote speakers and further details will be announced in due course. 

Last updated by Per M Eriksson