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In this recently published book, Alexander Barder of Florida International University shows how specific racial imaginaries have, over the past two centuries, cut across politically defined state boundaries to legitimate practices of genocidal violence against so-called "enemy races."

Barder traces the emergence of this global racial hierarchy from the early 19th century to the present to explain how a historical racial global order unraveled over the first half of the 20th century, continued during the Cold War, and reemerged during the Global War on Terror. Imperial, racial, and geopolitical orders intersected over time in ways that violently tore apart the imperial and sovereign state system and continue to haunt politics
today. Global histories of racial hierarchy and violence have important implications for understanding the continued salience of race within Western polities.

About the speaker

Dr Alexander Barder is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut. His main research focuses on historical and contemporary forms of international hierarchy, imperialism, and war. His book ‘Global Race War: International Politics and Racial Hierarchy’ was published last year by Oxford University Press.

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The Centre for the Study of Democracy Spring 2022 Seminar Series

The Centre for the Study of Democracy is organising a full programme of research seminars with visiting speakers this semester.

Events take place on Tuesdays 4–5.30pm (please note, the event on 8 February has an earlier start time), either online, or in the Westminster Forum, Level 5, 32-38 Wells Street, University of Westminster, W1T 3UW. All are welcome to attend the seminars but registration is required.

Please note that for in person events, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. For the online events, once you book your ticket, a link to the talk will be sent to you closer to the date.

You can see all the events happening on the Centre for the Study of Democracy Spring 2022 Seminar Series event page.