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Part of the Interrogating Development Series, this talk will be based on the book On the Scale of the World: The Formation of Black Anticolonial Thought by its author, Dr Musab Younis from Queen Mary University of London. PhD student Hamish Evans will be the discussant.

On the Scale of the World examines the reverberations of anticolonial ideas that spread across the Atlantic between the two world wars. From the 1920s to the 1940s, Black intellectuals in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean established theories of colonialism and racism as structures that must be understood, and resisted, on a global scale. In this richly textured book, Musab Younis gathers the work of writers and poets, journalists and editors, historians and political theorists whose insights speak urgently to contemporary movements for liberation.


About the speaker

Dr Musab Younis

Musab Younis is a writer and interdisciplinary scholar whose work explores race, imperial history and anticolonial theory. He is a senior lecturer in politics and international relations at Queen Mary University of London. His first book, On the Scale of the World: The Formation of Black Anticolonial Thought, was published by the University of California Press in 2022. His essays have appeared in the London Review of Books, n+1, Prospect, Baffler, and the Guardian.


About the discussant

Hamish Evans

Hamish is an ESRC-funded PhD student in development economics at King’s College London. His research is focussed on the South African pharmaceutical sector, exploring themes of uneven development, the political economy of innovation, and imperialism. Prior to starting his PhD, Hamish worked on R&D policy research and evaluation at non-profit organisations. He holds BA and MSci degrees from the University of Cambridge.

About the seminar series

The 'Interrogating Development' seminar series is organised by the Department of International Development at King's College London. The series examines some of the most pressing issues facing global society today, from social development to emerging political economies.

This is an in-person event. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

Event details

River Room
King's Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS