Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 17:00
Audit Room , King's College, University of Cambridge, King's Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1ST
Margaret will be speaking at University of Cambridge as part of the Critical Theory & Practice Seminar series
A truth little known and even less understood is that some of the most significant victories and also setbacks in the past century made by Black people in the struggle against racial oppression developed within the context of the global Communist movement. Insufficient attention has been paid to the relationship between Communist organizations and radical workers based out of epicenters in Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, British Guiana and even Mexico in the years from 1919 to 1939. In the wake of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, this talk aims to highlight some of the key strengths and weaknesses in the conjuncture of Communist anticolonial and antifascist praxis in the 1930s in light of our own current historical period of proto-fascist populism in the United States and anti-immigrant hegemony across Europe.
Margaret Stevens is Professor in the Department of History at Essex County College in Newark. She is a contributor to the volume Communist Histories, Volume 1 (LeftWord, 2016) and the author of Red International and Black Caribbean (Pluto, 2017).
Free event, all welcome.