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Lecture Series: Race, Multilateral Institutions, and International Relations

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News from Oct 20, 2023

The SCRIPTS-funded “Race and Multilateralism” project is pleased to announce its guest lecture series Race, Multilateral Institutions, and International Relations, hosted at the John F. Kennedy Institute this Winter Semester. We have a fantastic line-up of leading scholars presenting cutting-edge research on the topic from a range of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives. All are warmly invited to attend on Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm in room 340 at the John F. Kennedy Institute (except for Robbie Shilliam’s talk which will take place on Friday, Nov 10th at noon). Below please find the series description and the full program.


Series Description

Multilateralism is the mode of institutionalized cooperation that best characterizes the modern international order. Multilateralism is often associated with liberal normative foundations, including a commitment to equality. However, there has been relatively little research on how multilateralism as an institutional form is implicated in creating, recreating, or overcoming racial inequalities and hierarchies within the so-called liberal international order. This lecture series brings together a group of leading scholars to address the sources of and contestations over racialized hierarchies in international order from specific thematic perspectives, including international law, international organizations, political economy, security studies, and US foreign policy. 


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