Knowledge for Change #5 Professor Ananya Roy

Professor Ananya Roy, University of California, Los Angeles.
Title:
Liberal Democracy and its Racial Others: The West in the Age of Trumpism
When? October 2018
Where? Malmö University

Abstract
Liberal Democracy and its Racial Others: The West in the Age of Trumpism
The resurgence of right-wing political ideology, both in the United States and across Europe, has engendered a new examination, and defense, of liberal democracy.  In this talk, I analyze the specific formations of xenophobia, Islamophobia, and white supremacy that make up Trumpism and that are also echoed in many other political regimes around the world.  Rather than interpret Trumpism as a decisive rupture with liberalism, I foreground the colonial history of the West to demonstrate that liberal democracy has always been constituted through conceptions of the “racial other.”  The present historical conjuncture makes evident the lie of integration and urgently demands new imaginations and practices of radical humanism.  Drawing on the work of past and current freedom struggles, I outline such formations of resistance and their implications for the future of democracy.  

Biography
Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography and inaugural Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles where she also holds The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy. Ananya’s research and scholarship has a determined focus on poverty and inequality — in the cities of the global South and North and in relation to world-systems of development and financialization. Her book, Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge, 2010) is the recipient of the Paul Davidoff book award which recognizes scholarship that advances social justice. Roy’s most recent book is Encountering Poverty: Thinking and Acting in an Unequal World (University of California Press, 2016).