Hazel Carby in Conversation Imperial Intimacies


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An evocative history of the British Empire

Eminent cultural critic and Yale professor of the black diaspora, Hazel Carby discusses with Heidi Safia Mirza the violent interweaving of lives and states, as told in her new book, Imperial Intimacies, an evocative history of the British Empire told through the story of her family.

Hazel Carby was one of the so-called brown babies of the Windrush generation, born to a Jamaican father and Welsh mother, Hazel’s place in her home, her neighbourhood, and her country of birth was always in doubt.

Emerging from this setting, Hazel untangles the threads connecting members of her family to each other in a web woven by the British Empire across the Atlantic in her book.  Taking in Jamaican plantations, the hills of Devon, the port cities of Bristol, Cardiff, and Kingston, and the working-class estates of South London, her family story is at once an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands.

Hazel Carby is a co-author of The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain and author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America, Race Men, and Reconstructing Womanhood. For three decades she taught at Yale University as the Charles C and Dorothea S Dilley Professor of African American Studies and Professor of American Studies.

Heidi Safia Mirza is Visiting Professor of Race, Faith and Culture, Goldsmith’s College, University of London and Emeritus Professor in Equalities Studies, UCL Institute of Education. She is known for her pioneering intersectional research on race, gender and identity in education. She hails from Trinidad and Tobago and is one of the first and few female professors of colour in UK. Author of several best-selling books including Black British Feminism and Young Female and Black, which was voted in the BERA top 40 most influential educational studies in Britain, her latest book is Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, whiteness and decolonising the academy.


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