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School of Politics and International Relations

Naked Empire: New tools/old stories and the colonial inheritance of the rules-based order

When: Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Peoples Palace 2, Queen Mary University of London Mile End London E1 4NS, Mile End Campus

Co-sponsored by:

BISA’s Colonial, Postcolonial and Decolonial Working Group (CPD)

& Global Politics Unbound (GPU) - the School of Politics and IR/QMUL

This public roundtable event marks 10 years since CPD’s founding. Working with the theme ‘Naked Empire’, CPD’s past conveners and founders will explore the present moment as yet another in a long history of imperial crises. They will share their insights into lessons to be learned from our inherited anti-colonial/anti-imperial legacies and the tools we might need (and already have) for collectively organising and imagining, towards alternative, liberated futures.


Nivi Manchanda (Queen Mary)

Mustapha Kamal Pasha (Aberystwyth University)

Meera Sabaratnam (University of Oxford)

Robbie Shilliam (John Hopkins University)

Lisa Tilley (SOAS)


Heba Youssef (University of Brighton)

Location: People's Palace (PP2 Lecture Theatre)

The roundtable will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, followed by a drinks reception in the foyer of the People's Palace.

About the Organisers:

The CPD working group is an established community of scholars drawn from within and beyond IR. As an interdisciplinary collective, we connect the practice of scholarship to the struggles with which we explore and understand international politics. Our shared work is framed by an interrogation into the colonial constitutions and inflections of global order - past and present - and how they manifest across political, economic, cultural, psychological and intellectual domains.

GPU is a research cluster at the School of Politics and IR (QMUL). It aims to support and promote research in SPIR and beyond on the uneven and entangled nature of international politics, the continuities and frictions of colonial and capitalist relations, the raced, classed, and gendered structures that underlie our everyday practices, and the different struggles and actors that seek to transform them. Overall, the idea behind our collective work at GPU is to see the world as connected, and to explore what that means to the study of global politics.


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