I. Black Radical and Abolitionist Theories
This section offers an overview of key historical and contemporary texts in radical black and critical race scholarship, as a way to situate Middle East and North African political and social terrain in global conversations on race, coloniality and blackness. It also includes reading lists, blogs and collections developed by activists producing abolitionist and anti-racist solidarity work. Bringing this scholarship into conversation with Middle East Studies highlights the ongoing presence of race and racism in and towards the region, and their enduring (if uneven) entanglements with the global practices of empire and racial capitalism.
Africa is a Country - A blog collective thinking through race and colonialism, and the specific effects of coloniality in the African context as both present and past in global politics https://africasacountry.com/
Abolitionist Futures, “Introduction to Abolition: the Full Reading List” - This reading list offers an overview of abolition, policing and the criminalisation of blackness, and is mostly focused on the US; but it’s an important resource for the conversations about defunding and abolishing the police, across multiple contexts, including those we study https://abolitionistfutures.com/full-reading-list
Abusable Past Collective - A collective of scholars and activists developing resources across multiple historical and contemporary contexts on race and anti-racism https://www.radicalhistoryreview.org/abusablepast/
The Schomburg Center, “An Essential Reading List for Black Liberation” - The Schomberg Center is a research center and archive of black radical cultures in New York City https://hyperallergic.com/570031/black-liberation-reading-list-schomburg-center/
Alana Lentin, 2020. Why Race Still Matters. Polity.
Alex Anievas, Nivi Manchanda, Robbie Shilliam (eds.), 2014. Race and Racism in International Relations: Confronting the Global Color Line. Routledge.
Carol C. Mukhopadhyay, Rosemary Henze, and Yolanda T. Moses, 2014. How Real Is Race? A Sourcebook on Race, Culture, and Biology. Rowman & Littlefield.
Cedric Robinson, 1983. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition. University of North Carolina Press.
CLR James, 1938. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. Penguin .
Eric Williams, 1944. Capitalism and Slavery. University of North Carolina Press.
Gargi Bhattacharyya, 2018. Rethinking Racial Capitalism: Questions of Reproduction and Survival. Rowman & Littlefield.
George Fredrickson, 2002. Racism: A Short History. Princeton UP.
Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith, (eds.), 1982. All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women's Studies. Feminist Press.
Hazel Carby, 2019. Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands. Verso.
Jennifer Guglielmo and Salvatore Salerno (eds.), 2003. Are Italians White? How race is made in America. Routledge.
Karen Brodkin, 1998. How the Jews became white folks and what that says about race in America. Rutgers UP.
Katherine McKittrick, 2006. Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle. University of Minnesota Press.
Lisa Lowe, 2015. The Intimacies of Four Continents. Duke UP.
Lola Olufemi, 2020. Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power. Pluto Press.
Neda Maghbouleh, 2017. The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race. Stanford UP.
Patrick Wolfe, 2016. Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race. Verso.
Saidiya Hartman, 2007. Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Sarah M. Gualtieri, 2009. Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora. University of California Press.
Vijay Prashad, 2008. The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World. Leftword Books.
W.E.B. DuBois, 1935. Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860–1880. Oxford UP.
William C. Anderson and Zoé Samudzi, 2018. As Black As Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation. AK Press.
Angela Davis, 1972. “Reflections on the Black Woman's Role in the Community of Slaves” in The Massachusetts Review 13(1/2): 81-100.
Audre Lorde, 1980. “Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference” in Women in Culture: An Intersectional Anthology for Gender and Women’s Studies, Bonnie Kime Scott, Susan E. Cayleff, Anne Donadey, Irene Lara (eds.), Wiley Blackwell: 16-22.
Audre Lorde, 1981. “The Uses of Anger” in Women’s Studies Quarterly 9(3): 7-10, at https://academicworks.cuny.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1654&context=wsq
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, 1988. “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses” in Feminist Review 30(1): 61-88.
Crenshaw, Kimberle, 1990. "Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color" in Stan. L. Rev. 43: 1241-1300.
David Brion Davis, 1997. “Constructing Race: A Reflection” in The William and Mary Quarterly 54(1): 7-18.
Hortense J. Spillers, 1985. “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe” in Feminisms Redux: An Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism, Robin Warhol and Diane Price Herndl (eds.), Rutgers UP: 432-442.
Ida Danewid, 2020. “The fire this time: Grenfell, racial capitalism and the urbanisation of empire” in European Journal of International Relations 26(1): 289-313.
James Baldwin and Audre Lorde, 1984. “Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation” https://mocada-museum.tumblr.com/post/73421979421/revolutionary-hope-a-conversation-between-james
Mahmood Mamdani, 2010. “What is a tribe?” in London Review of Books 34(17): 20-22.
Paul Gilroy, Tony Sandset, Sindre Bangstad, Gard Ringen Høibjerg, 2019. “A diagnosis of contemporary forms of racism, race and nationalism: a conversation with Professor Paul Gilroy” in Cultural Studies 33(2): 173-197.
Robin D. G. Kelley, 2017. “What Did Cedric Robinson Mean by Racial Capitalism?” in Boston Review at https://bostonreview.net/race/robin-d-g-kelley-what-did-cedric-robinson-mean-racial-capitalism
Robbie Shilliam, 2018. “Class is Race: Brexit and the Popular Will” in International Political Sociology 12(1): 6-10, at https://robbieshilliam.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/ips-1-2.pdf
Stuart Hall, 1997. “Race: The Floating Signifier” https://www.mediaed.org/transcripts/Stuart-Hall-Race-the-Floating-Signifier-Transcript.pdf
Stuart Hall, 2019 . “Race, articulation and societies structured in dominance” in Essential Essays, Volume 1, David Morley (ed.), Duke UP: 172-221, at https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-1-4780-0093-8_601.pdf
Sylvia Wynter, 1995. “1492: A New World View” in Race, Discourse and the Origin of the Americas, Vera Hyatt and Rex Nettleford (eds.), Smithsonian Institution.