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Robin Blackburn

Robin Blackburn teaches at the New School in New York and the University of Essex in the UK. He is the author of many books, including The Making of New World Slavery, The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, Age Shock, Banking on Death, and The American Crucible.

Blog

  • New Perspectives on the Black Atlantic







    In 1993, Paul Gilroy famously described the “Black Atlantic” as a “counterculture of modernity,” using an “explicitly transnational and intercultural perspective” as opposed to a nationalist or ethnically absolutist approach to the history of the African diaspora.  In the two decades since he wrote those words the scholarship on the Black Atlantic has been rich, wide-ranging, and deep.  This workshop will analyze and evaluate this work, assessing strengths and weaknesses and suggesting new areas for future investigation.  We will discuss a variety of themes in the linked histories of Africa, Europe, and the Americas: race, class, gender, environment, and visual representation, with special emphases on history from below and the rise of capitalism.


    In 1993, Paul Gilroy famously described the “Black Atlantic” as a “counterculture of modernity,” using an “explicitly transnational and intercultural perspective” as opposed to a nationalist or ethnically absolutist approach to the history of the African diaspora. In the two decades since he wrote those words the scholarship on the Black Atlantic has been rich, wide-ranging, and deep.

    In this workshop, a range of speakers, including Marcus Rediker, Robin Blackburn, Catherine Hall, Francoise Verges, and Tera Hunter analyze and evaluate this work, assessing strengths and weaknesses and suggesting new areas for future investigation.
  • Verso Books at Historical Materialism NY



    Verso Books is a proud Co-Sponsor of this year’s Historical Materialism New York Conference: “Resurgent Radicalisms in a Polarizing World.” The conference will be held April 21-23 at NYU and will bring together hundreds of radical scholars in conversation and debate on some of the most pressing questions posed today by social movements and Marxist theory. More information about the location and registration is available here

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  • New Left Review — Issue 87 out now


    The May/June issue of New Left Review is now on sale featuring the following essays:

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Books

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    After the Fall

    Edited by Robin Blackburn
    The fall of Communism has been an epoch-making event. The distinguished contributors to After the Fall explain to us the meaning of Communism's...