. It’s out. Well, details of my forthcoming book, anyway. The book itself, Not So Black and White: A History of Race from White Supremacy to Identity Politics will be published in January by Hurst. Here’s the blurb from the Hurst brochure: Is white privilege real? Does American history begin in 1619 or 1776? Why has left-wing antisemitism grown? How racist is the working class? Who benefits most, when anti-racists speak in racial terms? . These very different questions have […]
As you have probably noticed, posting on Pandaemonium has been erratic recently. This is largely the result of my working on a new book, the provisional title of which is Not So Black and White: The History of Race From White Supremacy to the Politics of Identity. (The actual title will be finalised in the New Year.) It is a history of the interaction between race, class and identity, placing contemporary debates, particularly about the politics of identity, in the […]
. A few years ago, I set up a Patreon account to help fund improvements to Pandaemonium. Patrons have been incredibly generous, and I am thankful for all the support I have received. However, I have not had the time and space to do much of what I hoped to do, such as digital books and podcasts. And now I am working on a (physical) book, due out autumn next year, which means that I have even less time to […]
. I was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week last week discussing with Matthew D’Ancona and Minouche Shafik questions about identity politics, race, class and the social contract. Here’s a link to the programme. For more on identity politics, a few of my essays, talks and interviews on the subject: The rise of white identity politics Identity politics – the interview The history and politics of white identity Not all politics is identity politics On cultural appropriation […]
. This is just a short note to apologize if posting on Pandaemonium is slightly erratic over the next year. I have started work on a new book which unpacks ideas of “whiteness” – white supremacy, white identity, white privilege. More details in due course. But working on a book may mean that posts are a bit more irregular than normal. My apologies, but I hope you continue enjoying what is posted here – and the book, too, when it […]
I gave a talk last year on ‘The history and politics of white identity’ to the Literarisches Colloqium Berlin. This is a video of the talk and the discussion afterwards.
Categories: Kenan Malik, Politics, Race & Immigration • Tags: democracy, enlightenment, haitian revolution, herder, identity politics, immigration, nouvelle droite, racial science, racism, talks, universalism, white identity, working cla
I will be in America at the beginning of April, speaking at the American Association of Geographers conference in Denver on 6 April and in a debate on globalization and culture at the International Affairs Symposium at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon on 8 April. If you’re in either Denver or Portland (or San Francisco where I will also be) and want to get in touch, drop me a line. . The painting is ‘Flag’ by Jasper Johns.
Categories: Kenan Malik
Just a short note to say that I’ve had a meltdown on my email account. And in trying to sort it out, I’ve lost a number of recent emails. So, if you’ve emailed me over the past month or so, and not heard back, it may be that I no longer have your email. So, do try again. (It may be, of course, that I’ve just ignored you, but I’ll try not to do so the second time 😀) […]
Categories: Kenan Malik
I am speaking next week at the Dhaka Lit Fest, something I am particularly looking forward to. In a place like Bangladesh, more known in the West for poverty and terror, a literary festival might seem a luxury, a bauble for the rich and cosmopolitan. It is anything but. It is precisely in a country like Bangladesh that such an event becomes so important. Between 2013 and 2016, a series of horrific murders of freethinking and atheist bloggers by Islamists shocked […]
These are audios of two events from my recent trip to Australia in which I discuss the politics of identity. The first is a talk I gave at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. The second is a discussion on Melbourne’s community radio RRR. . What’s wrong with identity politics? A talk at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne . Talking identity on RRR
. . This is an interview with Alex Hochuli, George Hoare and Ben Fogle for the podcast Aufhebunga Bunga, mainly on questions of immigration, identity, class and the left (though it opens with a discussion of the aftermath of the Notre Dame fire). . The image is Untitled by Hans Hartung.
I will be in Australia again in the first week of April, giving talks in Brisbane, Melbourne and Bendigo, mainly on the politics of diversity and identity. Here is the current schedule: . 1 April Why are we so obsessed by identity? Griffith University Ian Hanger Recital Hall Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University 140 Grey St, Brisbane 19.00 A talk followed by a conversation with Luke Stegemann. The event is organized by Integrity 20. . 3 April Three myths about diversity […]
I am returning to Australia next April to give the keynote address at the Welcoming Cities conference in Brisbane. I’m looking forward greatly to coming back to Oz, and to Brisbane. I am open to speaking in other events and in other places, too. So, this is a shoutout – if you would like me to speak at an event in Australia in March/April 2019 do get in touch and hopefully we can arrange something. . The photo is […]
Categories: Kenan Malik
My first book in German was published this week: Das Unbehagen in Den Kulturen. It is a translation of my 2013 book Multiculturalism and its Discontents (and the German title a nod to Sigmund Freud’s Das Unbehagen in der Kutur). Here is the opening section of the talk I gave in Berlin on Saturday, which explores the changing context of the debate on multiculturalism: There is something odd about discussing multiculturalism today. The whole context of the debate has changed over […]
This is a video of a debate on ‘What is right? What is left?’ at the Festival of Questions in Melbourne in October. It was hosted by the Wheeler Centre. Seven of us had two minutes each to answer ‘What is right for immigration?’, ‘…for the economy?’ and ‘…for society?’. Sounds mad, but it was actually an engaging event.