Paul Gilroy lecture at the University of Manchester

Paul Gilroy Lecture: Multiculture, Cosmopolitanism and Conviviality: Tuesday 5th July 2011: 5:15pm

Prof Paul Gilroy (LSE) will give a public lecture at the University of Manchester discussing the politics of race, nation and civilisation in contemporary Europe, seen in the context of endless war as a postcolonial phenomenon. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception. 

Location: Arts Lecture Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester. The Samuel Alexander Building is no. 67 on the Campus Map .

Tickets: This is a free event but tickets must be booked in advance via


Paul Gilroy is the first holder of the Anthony Giddens Professorship in Social Theory as LSE. His intellectual background is multi-disciplinary and he has extensive interests in literature, art, music and cultural history as well as in social science. He is best known for his work on racism, nationalism and ethnicity and his original approach to the history of the African diaspora into the western hemisphere.   

Gilroy received his Ph.D. from the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University where he was part of the group which collectively produced “The Empire Strikes Back” (Routledge, 1982). After that, he worked at the GLC for a number of years before taking up academic positions at South Bank and Essex where one of his principal responsibilities was teaching on the joint degree in Sociology and Literature. Gilroy moved to Goldsmiths College in 1991 and was appointed Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies there in 1995. Before joining the LSE in the summer of 2005, he taught at Yale University where he was Charlotte Marian Saden Professor of Sociology and African American studies as well as chair of the African American Studies department.

Associated event: 
This lecture precedes a workshop on Diasporic Conviviality, Cosmopolitanism and Urban Spaces. Please email caitriona.devery [@] for more details.   

This lecture and workshop are hosted by the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures, with support from the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, the School of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities, the Pathways to Cosmopolitanism Research Programme (National University of Singapore and the University of Manchester) and cities@manchester.


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