Catching History on the Wing: conference and book launch

Title: Catching History on the Wing
Description: A conference on the fight against racism – past and future – to mark 50 years of the Institute of Race Relations.

* Saturday 1 November 2008, 1-6pm
* Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD

Speakers include:

* Welcome address – Lord Herman Ouseley
* Screening of Colin Prescod’s remastered film From you were Black, you were out on Notting Hill in the 1950s and \’60s
* Launch of Catching History on the Wing [Pluto Press], a new collection of A. Sivanandan’s writings, chair Lee Bridges
* Panel discussion on Islamophobia and Civil Society with Ruqayyah Collector, David Edgar, Liz Fekete, Arun Kundnani and Salma Yaqoob
* Closing remarks Victoria Brittain and A. Sivanandan

Tickets cost £10, click here to order tickets by credit card or alternatively send a cheque for £10 to IRR, 2-6 Leeke Street, London WC1X 9HS. Or for more information, email: or phone 020 7837 0041.
Start Time: 13:00
Date: 2008-11-01
End Time: 18:00

Here’s an extract from the publisher’s blurb about the book:

A. Sivanandan is a highly influential thinker on race, racism, globalisation and resistance. Since 1972, he has been the director of the Institute of Race Relations and the editor of Race & Class, which set the policy agenda on ethnicity and race in the UK and worldwide. Sivanandan has been writing for over forty years and this is the definitive collection of his work.

The articles selected span his entire career and are chosen for their relevance to today’s most pressing issues. Included is a complete bibliography of Sivanandan’s writings, and an introduction by Colin Prescod (chair of the IRR), which sets the writings in context.

As well as being director of the Institute of Race Relations and editor of its journal Race & Class for over 35 years Ambalavaner Sivanandan was also its first librarian.  As a consequence he is sure to have interesting things to say about the relationship between documentation, archives, history and anti-racist politics.


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