Book discussion: The Empire at Home by James Trafford

Event time: Thursday, February 25th, 7 PM – 8:30 PM GMT via Zoom.

 

Event Description:

 

Modern Britain is forged through the redeployment of structures that facilitated and legitimised slavery, exploitation and extermination. This is the ’empire at home’ and it is inseparable from the strategies of neo-colonial extraction and oppression of subjects abroad.

 

James Trafford’s recently published The Empire at Home: Internal Colonies and the End of Britain (Pluto 2020) suggests that the framework of internal colonialism gives us a way of thinking about Britain that centres continuing underdevelopment, differential exploitation, violence, containment and criminalisation.

 

Please join James in discussion with Adam Elliot-Cooper, Dalia Gebrial, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, and Jasbinder Nijjar to discuss property, policing, bordering, and racism and their connections with an empire that is still present with us. This poses significant challenges for political and social movements in an era that is increasingly characterised by ethnonationalism and intensifying bordering regimes.

 

Promotion:

 

In recognition of the event the book can be purchased from Pluto directly at 30% off using the code AUTONOMY30

https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745341002/the-empire-at-home

 

A Zoom link will be emailed to all ticketholders.

Speakers

  • Adam Elliott-Cooper is Research Associate at the University of Greenwich focusing on anti-racism and British policing. Adam is author of Black Resistance to British Policing (Manchester University Press 2021) and co-author of Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State (Pluto 2021).

 

  • Dalia Gebrial is a research affiliate of Autonomy and an ESRC funded PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, working on race and gender in the platform economy. Dalia is co-editor of Decolonising the University (Pluto 2017), and co-author of Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State (Pluto 2021).

 

  • Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is an educator-poet-writer disrupting narratives of history, race, knowledge & violence. Suhaiymah is co-author of A FLY Girl’s Guide To University (Verve 2019) and author of Postcolonial Banter (Verve 2019).

 

  • Jasbinder S. Nijjar is a PhD student at Brunel University London, examining the relationship between institutional racism and the militarisation of policing in London.

 

  • James Trafford is a research affiliate of Autonomy and Reader in Philosophy and Design at the University for the Creative Arts. James is author of The Empire at Home: Internal Colonies and the End of Britain (Pluto 2020).