Hazel Carby’s book Imperial Intimacies: a Tale of Two Islands uses the lens of her own family history to make a deep dive into the workings of patriarchal, racialized, and gendered power. She draws on that book for this year’s Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture, titled “Imperial Sexual Economies.” Her lecture, delivered online on 16 June and introduced by Nadia Valman of Queen Mary (London) and the Raphael Samuel History Centre, forms this episode of the History Workshop Podcast.

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Hazel V. Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies Yale University and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Her book Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands was selected as one of the “Books of the Year for 2019” by the Times Literary Supplement and in 2020 won the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding.


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