Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop | Book Talk - "The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World"

Event date: 
September 21, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Prof. Kehinde Andrews
Birmingham City University
Seminar Series: 
Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop
Co-Sponsored by: 
Department of African American Studies, University Center for Human Values, and Labyrinth Books

Book Talk | "The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World"

Prof. Kehinde Andrews, Birmingham City University

This book talk will be held virtually via Zoom. Registration is required. To register, visit:

After registering, you will receive an email with your unique Zoom link.

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About the Book:

A damning exploration of the many ways in which the effects and logic of anti-Black colonialism continue to inform our modern world.

Colonialism and imperialism are often thought to be distant memories, whether they're glorified in Britain's collective nostalgia or taught as a sin of the past in history classes. This idea is bolstered by the emergence of India, China, Argentina, and other non-Western nations as leading world powers. Multiculturalism, immigration, and globalization have led traditionalists to fear that the West is in decline and that white people are rapidly being left behind; progressives and reactionaries alike espouse the belief that we live in a post-racial society.

But imperialism, as Kehinde Andrews argues, is alive and well. It's just taken a new form: one in which the US and not Europe is at the center of Western dominion, and imperial power looks more like racial capitalism than the expansion of colonial holdings. The International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and even the United Nations are only some of these modern mechanisms of Western imperialism. Yet these imperialist logics and tactics are not limited to just the West or to white people, as in the neocolonial relationship between China and Africa. Diving deep into the concepts of racial capitalism and racial patriarchy, Andrews adds nuance and context to these often over-simplified narratives, challenging the right and the left in equal measure.

Andrews takes the listener from genocide to slavery to colonialism, deftly explaining the histories of these phenomena, how their justifications are linked, and how they continue to shape our world to this day. The New Age of Empire is a damning indictment of white-centered ideologies from Marxism to neoliberalism, and a reminder that our histories are never really over.

Biography coming soon...

Jennifer D Loessy
Area of Interest: 
Colonialism & Post Colonialism
Race & Ethnicity