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British Academy Lecture: For a reparatory social science by Professor Gurminder K Bhambra

Professor Gurminder K Bhambra, University of Sussex

Date/Time: *NEW DATE* Thursday 3 March 2022, 5.30pm

Venue: This is an online event

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British Academy Lecture

Hosted by Dr Martin Farr, Co-Chair of the Public Lectures Committee

Delivered by the most outstanding academics in the UK and beyond, the British Academy’s flagship lecture programme showcases the very best scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

The social sciences are implicated in the reproduction of the very structures of inequality that are, ostensibly, their objects of concern. This is, in part, a consequence of their failure to acknowledge the ‘connected histories’ from which they abstract one of their primary units of analysis: the modern nation-state. There is a need to account for colonial histories and to devise a framework for a reparatory social science – one that is oriented to global justice as a reconstructive project of the present.


Gurminder K Bhambra FBA is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies at the University of Sussex. Among her publications are Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination, which won the 2008 BSA's Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book, Connected Sociologies and most recently in 2021 the co-authored book Colonialism and Modern Social Theory. Her current projects focus on epistemological justice and reparations and on the political economy of race and colonialism.

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.