Charles W. Mills: Legacies of Thought in Bristol

October 6, 2021

Co-hosted by: Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE); Centre for Black Humanities; Education, Justice and Memory Network (EdJAM)


Charles W. Mills was a Jamaican-American political philosopher whose work on liberalism’s entanglements with white supremacy stretches across disciplines. His writings on the racial contract, the management of memory and epistemologies of ignorance inspire the work of many colleagues across the University of Bristol.


This seminar brings together speakers who have been enriched by Mills’ thinking to share the ways that they are using his work in their own research and teaching. The seminar aims to be informal and reflective, sparking discussion and connections in appreciation of the generous and generative ways that Mills’ ideas continue to support new horizons of scholarship.


Date: Tuesday 12th October

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Location: online – register here


Seminar details

Chair: Julia Paulson, School of Education, University of Bristol; Education, Justice and Memory (EdJAM)


Confirmed speakers include:


  1. Remembering Charles W. Mills: From Class to Race to Black Radical Liberalism

 Zara Bain, Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol


  1. Mills and Human Nature: persons, sub-persons and the significance of race

Sharon Walker, School of Education, University of Bristol


  1. Mills and Education: the cognitive economies of white ignorance

Arathi Sriprakash, School of Education, University of Bristol


  1. Mills and Law: Unsettling the legal ontology of ‘racism’

Foluke Adebisi, School of Law, University of Bristol


  1. Race, power and the politics of unknowing: why we need Mills more than ever

Elspeth Van Veeren, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol


  1. Discussion and close


About us


The Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE) brings together researchers, who address issues of social, environmental and epistemic justice in education theory, policy and practice with a comparative sensibility to global-local dynamics.


twitter: @CIRE-Bristol


The Centre for Black Humanities seeks to foster the broad range of research currently being done in the Faculty of Arts around the artistic and intellectual work of people of African descent and to create an international hub for Black Humanities research in the heart of Bristol.


twitter: @BrisBlackHums


The Education, Justice and Memory Network (EdJAM) is a collaborative international network of researchers, educators and civil society organisations working in the arts, education and heritage. We are committed to creative ways to teach and learn about the violent past in order to build more just futures. EdJAM is a UKRI GCRF funded Network Plus.


twitter: @EdjamNetwork

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