This lecture examines the role of anti-slavery and slave resistance in the elaboration of 'human rights' and the misappropriation of such ideas by Western colonialism and militarism.

Robin Blackburn is a historian and sociologist, and one of New Left Review’s editors. Blackburn teaches at the New School in New York and the University of Essex in the UK. He is the author of many books, including The Making of New World Slavery, The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, Age Shock, Banking on Death, and The American Crucible.

Conducting its first survey of previous participants, the IIRE has obtained an uplifting insight into the longer-term impact of its schools.

The IIRE is planning its programme of activities for 2015. Two seminars are already confirmed.

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