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Anti-racist scholar-activism raises urgent questions about the role of contemporary universities and the academics who work within them. As profound socio-racial crises collide with mass anti-racist mobilisations, this book focuses on the praxes of academics working within, and against, their institutions in pursuit of anti-racist social justice.

Amidst a searing critique of the university’s neoliberal and imperial character, Joseph-Salisbury and Connelly situate the university as a contested space, full of contradictions and tensions.

Drawing upon original empirical data, the book considers how anti-racist scholar-activists navigate barriers and backlash in order to leverage the opportunities and resources of the university in service to communities of resistance.

Showing praxes of anti-racist scholar-activism to be complex, diverse, and multifaceted, and paying particular attention to how scholar-activists grapple with their own complicities in the harms perpetrated and perpetuated by higher education institutions, this book is a call to arms for academics who are, or would like to be, committed to social justice.

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Author: Rachael Gilmour

At a time when monolingualist claims for the importance of ‘speaking English’ to the national order continue louder than ever, even as language diversity is increasingly part of contemporary British life, literature becomes a space to consider the terms of linguistic belonging. Bad English examines writers including Tom Leonard, James Kelman, Suhayl Saadi, Raman Mundair, Daljit Nagra, Xiaolu Guo, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, and Caroline Bergvall, who engage multilingually, experimentally, playfully, and ambivalently with English’s power. Considering their invented vernaculars and mixed idioms, their dramatised scenes of languaging – languages learned or lost, acts of translation, scenes of speaking, the exposure and racialised visibility of accent – it argues for a growing field of contemporary literature in Britain pre-eminently concerned with language’s power dynamics, its aesthetic potentialities, and its prosthetic strangeness. Drawing on insights from applied linguistics and translation studies as well as literary scholarship, Bad English explores contemporary arguments about language in Britain – in debates about citizenship or education, in the media or on Twitter, in Home Office policy and asylum legislation – as well as the ways they are taken up in literature. It uncovers both an antagonistic and a productive interplay between language politics and literary form, tracing writers’ articulation of linguistic alienation and ambivalence, as well as the productivity and making-new of radical language practices. Doing so, it refutes the view that language difference and language politics are somehow irrelevant to contemporary Britain and instead argues for their constitutive centrality to the work of novelists and poets whose inside/outside relationship to English in its institutionalised forms is the generative force of their writing.

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Reflections on the work of Norman Geras
Terry Glavin

long stretches, to sort out my notes and to write, and off I’d go again. I was still contributing regularly and occasionally to various magazines and newspapers. It wasn’t the physical isolation that put me in these straits. It was more like an abiding sensation of estrangement from the mood of the times, from the consensus of all the intellectual, activist and literary circles in which I’d always moved. It was mainly for some sort of reassurance, then, that I found myself increasingly tuning in to Norm’s web log. Here was a genial Marxist professor of eclectic

in The Norman Geras Reader
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Anti-racist scholar-activism and the neoliberal-imperial-institutionally-racist university
Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Laura Connelly

– the radical tradition forged through the Black Power era lives on. Given the ascendency of municipal anti-racism in the 1980s, it is perhaps no surprise that Paul Gilroy, writing in the 1990s, decried ‘the end of anti-racism’. 30 It was in a similar vein that the UK-based intellectual, activist, and once director (1973–2013) of the Institute for Race Relations , Ambalavaner Sivanandan, urged us to take up Black Liberation as ‘a richer and more long-term project of

in Anti-racist scholar-activism
Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Laura Connelly

scholar-activist identification to be part of who we are, we can understand our existence as something fluid and forged through praxis: we are always engaged in a process of becoming . Focusing on praxis also enables us to appreciate the work of those that are reluctant to embrace a scholar-activist identity or those who identify in another way, perhaps – and without wanting to completely erase the different inflections of these terms 24 – as an activist-scholar; an academic activist; an activist academic; an intellectual

in Anti-racist scholar-activism
Stephan Hensell and Klaus Schlichte

intellectual activists and revolutionaries on various continents (Hobsbawm 1994 : 443). References Bakonyi , J. , S. Hensell and J. Siegelberg (eds) ( 2006 ), Gewaltordnungen bewaffneter Gruppen: Ökonomie und Herrschaft nichtstaatlicher Akteure in den Kriegen der Gegenwart

in Armed non-state actors and the politics of recognition
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White fragility and black social death
Ylva Habel

invited, even called upon, to comment on the problematic of blackface and the reproduction of racist stereotypes. This time we kept raising our voices, and during most of 2012 one debate followed another. For the first time, a relatively big group of black intellectuals, activists, educators, and academics, including myself, could make themselves heard on the cultural arena. What became interesting as well as painful to observe during this period was that debates created ‘chains’ entailing uncontrolled seepage or overlap between context, medium specificity, and genre

in The power of vulnerability
An introduction
Budd L. Hall

inexhaustible, that this epistemological diversity does not yet have a form and that the contribution of knowledge is to be measured through knowledge as intervention in reality rather than knowledge as representation of reality. ‘The credibility of cognitive construction is measured by the type of intervention in the world that it affords or prevents’ (p. 73). Influenced by the work of intellectuals-activists linked to the World Social Forum, de Sousa Santos feels that the global movement of indigenous knowledge has, as a form of post-abyssal thinking, the most hope to

in Knowledge, democracy and action
Zheng Yangwen

. For instance, it helped Pakistan to build the Pakistan–China road in 1966; this was an extremely challenging project as the road passed through some of the highest and most treacherous mountains in the world. China supported Communist Vietnam, but also monarchist Cambodia as King Norodom Sihanouk was a frequent guest-exile. China welcomed a whole host of intellectual-activists like W. E. B. Du Bois, Vicki Garvin and Robert Williams. Central and Latin America was also important as a large number of the guerrilla movements there embraced Maoism. China trained many

in Ten Lessons in Modern Chinese History
Richard Dunphy and Luke March

Italian radical left, encouraging intellectuals, activists in the social movements and parties such as the PRC and Left Ecology Freedom to form an electoral list – Per Un’Altra Europa – con Alexis Tsipras (known usually as the Lista Tsipras) – which finally succeeded in passing the 4 per cent threshold set for these elections in Italy and securing the Italian radical left three seats in the EP. (One of those seats, significantly, was won by Barbara Spinelli, daughter of the late Altiero Spinelli, perhaps the greatest left exponent of European federalism of all time.) In

in The European Left Party